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Helpful Information

Thank you for your interest in the Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS). The Library is pleased to have the works of many local authors in our collection. The Library wishes to recognize the literary efforts of local authors by including their works in the collection when possible. However, these works must meet the Library's selection criteria and standards as detailed in the Selection Policy for Library Materials. Copies are available at the Information Desk in all PGCMLS branch libraries.

To guide local authors in their efforts to have their works selected for the Library's collection, this booklet of information includes:

  • outlines the procedures to follow in submitting your work for consideration
  • informs you of what you can expect the Library to do in support of your writing endeavors and of what services we do not provide
  • provides a list of helpful library resources for writers
  • lists local writers' groups
  • supplies you with lists of various review sources.

Prince George's County Memorial Library System Selection Office

How to Submit Your Work

Send a copy of your finished work to:
Prince George's County Memorial Library System
Central Services Facility
Selection Office/ Local Author Submission
9601 Capital Lane
Largo, Maryland 20774

Please include:

  • your address and telephone number
  • information on pricing, including discounts, shipping and handling fees
  • professional reviews or critiques of your work ( a list of professional review sources appears later in this booklet)

Within one month, we will acknowledge receipt of your work. We carefully evaluate all new books using the Library System's standard selection procedures, but because of limits on staff time, we cannot discuss individual titles with authors. Within three months of receipt, we will send you a letter to let you know if your work has been accepted for the Library's collection.

Acceptance of a copy of your work for the collection does not guarantee that we will buy additional copies. If we buy more copies, they may not be purchased directly from you.

Some works, especially works of nonfiction, may not be considered without accompanying professional reviews. The Library relies on professional reviews when making selection decisions, and it is up to local authors to solicit reviews for their works. You may resubmit your work if professional reviews appear at a later time.

Works not accepted for the collection will be returned to the name and address you have provided.

What You Can Expect From Us

Through inclusion in the collection, the Library assists the author's efforts to market his or her work to the larger community. On occasion, further promotion may take place.

For example:

  • an author is booked for our Meet the Author series, with the event, author's photo and the book jacket featured in CURRENT, the Library's newsletter.
  • a branch library includes the item in a display or list on a particular subject or genre.

The Library does not schedule authors for Meet the Author unless their works are in the Library's collection. Inclusion of an author's book in the Library's collection does not guarantee the author's participation in the Library's Meet the Author program.

To be considered for a Meet the Author program, authors should send a cover letter and press packet with reviews to:
Prince George's County Memorial Library System
Office of Public Relations & Programming
6532 Adelphi Road
Hyattsville, Maryland 20782

The Library bears no further obligation for marketing an author's work. It is neither the role nor the responsibility of the public library to provide any of the following services for authors. Authors are fully responsible for securing these services:

  • literary agent
  • publisher
  • editor
  • reviewer
  • publicist
  • proofreader

To assist you, the following pages include information on library resources, writers' groups and review sources. We hope that you find this information helpful.

Library Resources


  • R 808.02 L - LMP: Literary Market Place - (Reference)
  • 808.02 W - Writer's Market - (Reference and circulating) - Annual
  • 808.02 P - Poet's Market - (Reference and circulating) - Annual.
  • 782.42164 S - Songwriter's Market - (Reference and circulating) - Annual.
  • 808.068 C  - Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market - (Reference and circulating)           

Each year these titles publish new articles of interest to authors and songwriters. Also included are directories of publishers and organizations, a calendar of conferences and workshops, a list of contests and awards, on-line resources and more.

A variety of circulating books are available for aspiring authors of magazine articles, young adult and children's literature, poetry, non-fiction and fiction including Christian fiction and the genres of romance, mystery, horror, science fiction, and fantasy. There are also books on song writing and the music industry. Ask your librarian for assistance.


  • The Writer In addition to articles on writing and regular columns, this includes a calendar of contests, conferences and fairs,and a market listing.
  • Writer's Digest Articles and columns are aimed at aspiring writers and include information on conferences, contest/competitions, and markets.

Writer's Groups

Black Writers' Group
The Hurston/Wright Foundation
6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 531
Hyattsville, MD 20782

Capital Christian Writers
P.O. Box 873
Centreville, VA 20122

Greenbelt Writers' Group
Greenbelt Community Center
15 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Maryland Writers' Association
PO Box 142
Annapolis MD 21404

Maryland Romance Writers
P.O. Box 1444
Millersville, MD 21108

Playwright's Forum
P.O. Box 11488
Washington, DC 20008

Washington Romance Writers
P.O. Box 21311
Kalorama Station
Washington, DC 20009

Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

Writer's Way Workshop
713 14th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Professional Review Sources

For best results, select review sources that target your specific market in terms of genre and intended audience. Market guides such as Writer's Digest and Writer's Market can assist with your research. Be certain to read and follow the specific guidelines for each source before submitting your work. Ask at your library branch's Information Desk for help finding these resources.

Selection librarians consult these review sources when considering purchases. When submitting your work for consideration, please include reviews from at least one of these sources whenever possible.

American Library Association
50 E. Huron
Chicago, IL 60611

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
501 E. Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820-6211
Attn: Deborah Stevenson, Editor
Tel: 217-244-0324

The Horn Book Magazine (reviews children's books)
56 Roland Street, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02129

Kirkus Reviews
VNU US Literary Group
770 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Kliatt (reviews young adult books)
33 Bay State Road
Wellesley, MA 02481

Library Journal
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
attn: Book Review Editor

New York Times Book Review
229 W 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
attn: Editor

Publishers Weekly
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010

School Library Journal
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
attn: SLJ Book Review

VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
Linda Benson, Review Editor
301-459-3366 ext. 5700

Washington Post
Book World
1150 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20071

Additional Publications

These publications may help you publicize your work, but they are not considered sources of professional reviews. This is also true of consumer reviews posted on web sites such as and

Baltimore Magazine
1000 Lancaster Street, Suite 400
Baltimore, MD 21202

Essence Magazine
1500 Broadway, 6th floor
New York, NY 10036

The Gazette, Prince George's Edition
8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 1200
Landover, MD 20785

The Prince George's Sentinel
9458 Lanham-Severn Road
Seabrook, MD 20706

Washington City Paper
2390 Champlain Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

1828 L Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036