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Local Author Resources

The Library recognizes the literary efforts of local authors by including their works in the Local Author Shelf Program when possible. We also provide information about self-publishing, locating review sources, or finding a local writer’s group. The library also has online and print resources to help authors hone their craft.

The Library’s professional selection staff evaluates each published work or media production according to our Materials Selection Policy. If you are a local indie or self-published author, your work can become part of the library’s collection. Find out how!

Publishing Resources

Looking to get your book published? These resources provide a starting point.

Review Resources

Are you looking for ways to get your book reviewed, or social media sites to promote your book or you as an author? These resources may help.

Library Resources

The library offers several online resources to help aspiring writers develop skills and knowledge. All you need is your library card.

Gale Courses offers free six-week courses such as Creative Writing, Publishing, Writing Your Life Story, How to Make Money from your Writing, Publish and Sell Your Books, and more.

Lynda.com offers many courses or tutorials on digital publishing, writing, marketing your book and much more.

Check our library catalog for books on writing as well!

Library Programs

Meet the Author and Writing Workshops area available throughout the year at various branches. Check out the programs and events that are of special interest to writers.

Writer's Groups

As an aspiring author, you may want to join a local writer's group. The Library hosts a monthly group. Check the Harford Writers' Group @ The Library website for current meetings and times.

Find others groups in the area!