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Information for Local Authors
The Library recognizes the creative efforts of local authors by including their works in the collection when possible. Works donated by local authors who are current residents of Prince George’s County and the surrounding area (Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Charles County, and the District Of Columbia) will be considered for the Library’s collection using the criteria stated in the Selection Policy for Library Materials.
Apply here to get your book in the Local Author Expo on Saturday, April 25 at the Bowie Branch Library.
Please send a copy of your finished work and a cover letter introducing yourself to:
Materials Management/ Local Author Submission
Administrative Offices Prince George's County Memorial Library System 9601 Capital Lane Largo, Maryland 20774
Your mailing address and email address;
Any professional reviews or critiques of your work.
Works submitted for consideration will not be returned.
All new works are evaluated using the Selection Policy for Library Materials. Professional reviews in journals such as Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly are consulted in the selection process. Some works, especially works of nonfiction, may not be considered without accompanying professional reviews. Library staff will not discuss critical or editorial issues with authors. Please allow the selectors two months to consider the work and inform you whether it has been accepted for the Library's collection.
If the Library decides to add your book, you may be asked to donate at least two copies if we are unable to purchase copies through the Library’s book vendors. The Library uses book wholesalers Ingram and Baker & Taylor as these vendors provide substantial discounts to public libraries and these discounts allow us to purchase more materials for the entire library system.
Please note: The Library cannot add self-published eBooks.
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.
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 amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.