Publish Your Own E-Books for Free

Bilblioboard and the Black Caucus of ALA 2020 Self-Publishing Award: Create your own eBook, share with libraries, and possibly even win a prize. A post written by 81st Avenue branch manager, Brian G.

If you’ve ever written a memoir, a novel, a collection of poems, short stories, or anything else that could be considered a book, you may have wondered how you can share it with your community.

With Biblioboard, local authors can share their work electronically with their communities through their library. Biblioboard allows you to create your work, share it, and discover works by local, independent authors. You can also win awards and honors, such as inclusion in the Independent Author Project's Select Collection or a self-publishing award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

Create:

With BiblioBoard’s PressBooks, you can write, format, and save your eBook. It allows you to easily create and add copyright information and even has a cover generator. You can add sections such as an Introduction, Chapters, and an Appendix. There are many themes to choose from to make formatting simple and attractive. After you've created your book, you can self-publish it and sell on Amazon, Kobo, or other online booksellers. You can also share it through the library.

Share:

Once your ebook is complete, you can submit it to be shared through libraries across California with the Independent Author Project (IAP). IAP is a partnership between Biblioboard, Library Journal, and Public Libraries across the country. In order to be accepted, your work must meet IAP’s standards for eligibility. You can submit your ebook even if you did not use PressBooks to create it. 

It will also be reviewed for selection into the IAP Select Collection. These titles are the cream of the crop and are made available across the country.  If selected, you can opt into a royalty-paying program and your title will be available for libraries to purchase on other platforms such as Overdrive.

You can submit your work directly through PressBooks, or submitting it here

Discover:

Support local, independent authors by checking out their works on Oakland Public Library's BiblioBoard page. You can also find it listed with our other eBook platforms on our digital content page. Biblioboard features sections curated by theme. IAP Select titles can be found here as well as on Overdrive. 

The Black Caucus of ALA 2020 Self-Publishing E-Book Award

Now through February 28, 2021, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), in partnership with Biblioboard, is accepting submissions for the 2020 Self-Publishing Literary Award. This award acknowledges an African American author born in the United States for their “outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.” Awards will be presented to authors of fiction and poetry. Multiple entries may be submitted. 

Each genre prize winner shall receive:

  • $500.00 Award

  • Formal recognition at the Black Caucus of ALA Literary Awards

  • BCALA Literary Award Seal to use in marketing

Authors can submit their works and learn more about the contest at https://bcala.librariesshare.com/bcala-ebook-contest/

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