Writing & Publishing

Looking to get your book published? The writing and publishing world can be challenging to navigate - we’re here to help!

Writing & Editing

Help develop confidence and get started on the path to publication. Learn the fundamentals.

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Advice for Writers

Whether you’re finding your voice, or dealing with writer’s block, tips to encourage you through the process.

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Learn how to write query and submission letters, find an agent, self-publish, and navigate the publishing house.

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Writing tips and resources to inspire your next writing adventure.

Continue Reading: Read, Write, Get Inspired

The Local History and Genealogy department of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library has partnered with Toledo Streets, the local nonprofit news organization that helps those experiencing poverty with the opportunity to economically empower themselves. The first 74 issues of the newspaper are now available online through the Library.

Continue Reading: Toledo Streets Newspaper Archive Now Available

Learn more about creating powerful plots for your next novel by exploring writing elements like story setting, plot and characters.

Continue Reading: Writing a Good Story is Never Easy: Explore Effective Plot Strategies for Your Novel

Local Author Submission

We're pleased to house the works of many local authors, artists and creators and want to include them in our collection when possible. Local authors/creators are defined as those with an active and current community connection.

Work must meet our Selection Criteria Policy. To make a submission, review our guidelines and use the accompanying form. For additional questions, please call 419.259.5282.

Local Writing Groups

Point Place Writer's Group: Join a group of devoted writers every second Saturday of the month for ideas and encouragement. It doesn't matter if you're an old hand, or just getting started!

Madd Poets Society: The Madd Poets Society teaches poetry as a holistic means of touching others with powerful messages that heal the human spirit. We teach that there is an inner poet in all of us and the combination of one's thoughts and feelings provide definite stage for artistic expression.

Additional Groups:
Frogtown Storytelling Guild
Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America

New Works Writers Series

Northwest Ohio Writer's Forum

Toledo Writer's Workshop

writing & editing

It's not easy being a writer. Get resources to help you with the basics of creative writing; including resources on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction

Creative Writing
Editing Your Work


Manuscript Wish List
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Whether you’re writing a school assignment or working on a non-fiction article or book, these resources offer an overview of the writing process and structure, as well as specific instructions to help you craft and refine your publication.

Writing Non-fiction in Specific Disciplines
Writing Non-fiction - An Overview of Process and Structure
Editing and Proofreading

Advice for Writers

How to Write / Getting Started
For more than 90 years, the experts at Writer’s Digest have been publishing books, magazines, competitions, conferences, and distance education materials for writers who want to polish their skills and hone their craft.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
AWP provides community, opportunities, ideas, news, and advocacy for writers and teachers of writing.

BookExpo America
BookExpo is evolving to lead the global publishing industry to its consumer driven future and celebrate storytelling in all its forms. It’s the place where industry, authors, and readers converge to define the new publishing universe.

The online presence of the venerable magazine for writers. The Library also carries the magazine in print.

826 National
A nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources with a belief that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

Poetry Foundation Learning Lab
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

Poets & Writers
The online presence for the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers, with a mission to foster the professional development of poets and writers, promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. The Library also offers the print version of this publication.

For Kids – Scholastic – WRITE IT – Find Your Voice. Develop Your Craft. Publish Your Work.
Aims to help children find their writing voice, develop their craft, and publish their work.

Grammar Girl
Your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language.


Publishing Your Book
An overview of the publishing process covering everything from submission guidelines, publisher expectations, book promotion and marketing, to self-publishing pros and cons, and how to recognize scams.

Publishing Your Writing
A guide concentrating more on web and journalistic publishing opportunities.

How to Find an Agent and/or Publisher
A thorough and well-considered guide to finding an agent – or determining if you even need one. Presented by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, but appropriate for all publishing interests. A worthwhile overview (offering additional resources) can be found here.

The World’s Largest Publishers
Publishers Weekly industry overview information on the World’s 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016.

How to find freelance work?
Freelance work can be flexible, diverse, and possibly lead to something more consistent – but one must also keep their wits about the viability of the outlets, as well as making sure pay is in balance with the time and energy consumed. These two links are updated daily, offer pro/con perspective, and have advice for how to make freelance writing work for you.


Depending on your intent, as well as the character of your work, you may choose to forego traditional publishing methods and
self-publish. There are many different self-platforms to consider, these are just a few.

Self-Publishing through Amazon
Barnes & Noble Nook Press

Other options:

Library Books and Magazines