Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Novel Resources at LME Updated 10/9/19

I did a post back in 2012 with information for writers.  Now we have another great tool just introduced called is a partnership between RAILS and BiblioLabs, LLC to bring all Illinois libraries and residents resources to self-publish e-books, and access to collections of independently-published e-books by local authors. is all about sharing and supporting local authors and our creative communities, as well as providing access to these resources and tools to everyone in Illinois. Users can:

  • create books using Pressbooks software.  
  • share their works for potential inclusion in the online Indie Illinois collection or Library Journal's Indie Author Project Select collections of e-books.
  • read e-books by independently published local authors.
RAILS provides these services without fees to libraries or residents, as part of our tax-supported services and as a pillar of our e-content strategy
In addition, I've updated the resources that the Lillie M. Evans Library has that can help novel writers.  We have books by several famous authors that give some insights on their writing styles.  One of my favorites, Janet Evanovich, has one called How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.  Anne Lamott has written Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life and Stephen King’s book is simply called On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.  In addition to these, we also have Writer’s Market, MLA Handbook and Modern Library’s Writer’s Workshop.   

For other titles in our collection, click on the link below:Search RSAcat for authorship

Also, below are links to some helpful websites:
Amazon’s Self Publishing
Barnes & Noble’s Self Publishing
CrimeSpace: A place for Readers and Writers of Crime Fiction to Meet 
Grammar Girl: Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Merriam-Webster Dictionary
National Novel Writing Month
Writers Write: Your One-Stop Resource for Information about Books, Writing & Publishing

UPDATE 2/13/20: In addition to the above resources, we'd like to mention the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project and the Indie Author Project (which is nationwide). Both were created by librarians to identify, recognize and promote indie fiction--both adult and YA.