So you’ve written a book…

…or you’re in the process of writing one (ahem, NaNoWriMo participants!). In the midst of developing your characters, finding the perfect words to evoke your setting, and twisting together plot strands, you might start daydreaming about the end of the writing process, and what comes next.

There are a lot of options – everything from sticking your book in a drawer for a year to finding an agent and pursuing a book deal with a traditional publisher. One in-between option is SELF-e, a program that “allows authors to produce professional-quality e-books and distribute them to patrons…through their public library.”

Local authors are always welcome to donate a print copy of their book(s) to the library – read more about our Local Author Shelf here – and now there is a way to make e-books available to library readers too!

Indie Massachusetts logo

Want to learn more? Read the SELF-e Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here, or check out the SELF-e blog here. Authors who feel ready to jump right in can start the submission process here – it takes about ten minutes. Books submitted through SELF-e are made available to readers in Massachusetts (the Indie Massachusetts collection) through the Commonwealth eBook Collections, and may be selected to be made available nationwide through the SELF-e Select program; authors can read more here.

SELF-e Library Journal logo

Readers can access e-books from the SELF-e program through BiblioBoard, one of the e-book platforms available through the Commonwealth eBook Collections – just sign in with your library card number. There are no waiting lists for e-books in BiblioBoard – you can start reading right away!

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