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Calling all indie authors and aspiring writers in Northeast Ohio!

Cuyahoga County Public Library can help you publish your own digital creations.  Create, save, and upload your eBook (whether it is your family history or the next great American novel), and we will make it available to local readers.

Ohio Author Project website

The Ohio Author Project, in partnership with Library Journal, wants to find the best self-published book in the state of Ohio. This year's contest is underway. Submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2018; see rules below.        ► Submit your work.

The winners of this contest will receive the following:
  • $500 each in Adult and Young Adult categories
  • A write-up in the December print issue of Library Journal
  • Honors at ALA Midwinter 2019 THRIVE Reception in Seattle
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at Ohio Public Libraries
  • A Library Journal Digital Review (Winners + Honorable Mentions) 
Each book submitted to the contest must be..
  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Ohio resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

Indie Authors

Use Library Journal's SELF-e program and self-publish your own work to share with readers throughout Ohio and possibly throughout North America.  Follow these steps...Self-E biblioboard website

Step 1

Write it! Check out our Writers' Workshops for tips and guidance.

Step 2

Save your work for uploading.
We offer Pressbooks software to create professional-quality eBook and print-ready files of your self-published book.

Step 3

Upload your self-published book and expose it to library readers in your area, throughout Ohio, or potentially across the nation using the free SELF-e platform
  • Log in to SELF-e
  • Upload your self-published book to our SELF-e eBook collection and expose it to library readers in your area, throughout Ohio, or potentially across the nation using the free SELF-e platform.
  • eBooks published on the SELF-e platform may be reviewed by Library Journal and included in a curated collection of self-published material made available to library users across the nation.
  • Questions about SELF-e?  See FAQs 

To share your work at the Library:

Attention Readers!

SELF-e entry form linkIndie Ohio

We are proud to offer the SELF-e Indie Ohio eBook collection – a diverse collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written by Ohio authors. Read self-published books by writers in your area, throughout Ohio, or even across the nation using the free SELF-e platform. Set up your free BiblioBoard patron profile and start browsing. 

    ♦  Visit our SELF-e Indie Ohio Collection

Please note: You must create a BiblioBoard account before you can access our SELF-e collection.