Libraries helping authors with e-publishing

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Associated Press

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 1 at 11:00 AM

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — A partnership between the Henderson County Public Library and the Daviess County Public Library is aiming to help new writers find a market with electronic publishing.

Library officials say the effort will also help published writers sell more books.

Interested authors can access a website — epublishorbust.com — and do the publishing themselves.

"We don't publish the books for them," Henderson library Director Essy Day told The Gleaner (http://bit.ly/1BZ5r5l). "We provide the resources to help them do it themselves. It's like a one-stop website that gives you tools and resources, and we also have a calendar where they can book a date at a library to come and promote their work."

Organizers are hoping other libraries join in the network.

"We're the first libraries in Kentucky to do it, but we're hoping to branch out and have other libraries come on board," Day said, noting Bowling Green will probably be the next participating library system.

Hilary Thompson, author of the fantasy novel "Justice Buried," spoke at the library about her book in mid-August. Another e-published author appearing at the library in August is Angela Karcher of Evansville, author of "The Legendary R.A. 'Cowboy' Jones: Over 50 Years as a Jockey."

"With the e-publishing world exploding there's so much more opportunity for writers now," Day said. And the larger the network grows, she noted, the more places authors can sell their books. "By promoting their books they're helping other authors learn how they did it."

The goal, librarian Laura Osterfeld said, is to create a circuit of libraries where authors can promote their books and give other authors feedback on how to get a book written and published.

The site will include links to tools like Scrivener, which can format a manuscript into an actual e-book.

Western Kentucky "is thriving artistically and creatively," said community services librarian Mallory Majors. "I'm really glad we can get in on the ground floor of it. Because this is such a rich area for all kinds of art."

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Information from: The Gleaner, http://www.thegleaner.com/

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