Writer’s Resources

Looking for tools to write and publish a book? We can help with that! This is our Writer’s Resources page, where we gather all of our writing resources so that you can add your indie book to our collection, and the collection of libraries of across the state. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Pressbooks Public

Pressbooks Public

Local authors, use Pressbooks Public to create, edit, format, and generate print-ready and ebook formats for your books. It is an easy-to-use book writing software that lets you create a book in all the formats you need to publish.

Pressbooks Public delivers print-ready files as well as ebook files optimized to look great in all ebook stores.

Indie Author Project

Indie Author Project

Increase exposure of your book by sharing it through BiblioBoard’s Indie Author Project program! 

Each year they take submissions to find the best-of-the-best indie ebooks across the nation. Could your book be next?

After submitting to IAP, your book can be shared with patrons of participating libraries across your region. If your book is selected by BiblioBoard curation partners, it will also be available alongside other great indie reads in participating libraries across the U.S. and Canada.

Learn more about the Indie Author Project here. 

Biblioboard Library

BiblioBoard Library

Access BiblioBoard Library from the library website or download the app (for Apple, Android, or Kindle) and enjoy digital books, images, videos and more from libraries, artists, authors and others from your community and around the world.

Biblioboard Library is easy to use and there are never holds, waitlists, or complicated checkout processes. All items on BiblioBoard Library are ALWAYS AVAILABLE.

Learn more about BiblioBoard Library here.

 

 

Thanks to your library, you can now create, edit, format and generate print-ready and ebook formats for your book—no matter how far along it may be. Watch this easy Pressbooks Public tutorial to learn how to professionally format your work to share anywhere.

Once you’ve formatted your book, we encourage you to submit it to the Indie Author Project. After your book is vetted, it is made available to participating libraries statewide in the Indie Florida Collection on BiblioBoard Library. This is a great way to reach even more readers.

Lisa Calvert, MLIS

Getting Started With Pressbooks

Want a quick overview of how to use PressBooks? Start here!

Using Pressbooks Public on BiblioBoard Tips and Tricks

Helpful hints from the BiblioBoard Team.

Pressbooks User Guide

This user guide will walk you through everything you can do with Pressbooks. Find answers for common questions you may have while building your books. 

Local Authors

Submit Your Book To Our Collection

Congratulations on completing your book! Thank you for sharing your work with the St. Johns County Public Library System and for your interest in making your book available to our community of readers. Local authors may donate a copy of their book for potential inclusion in the Library’s collection. Items designated for the circulating collection of the St. Johns County Public Library System are subject to the following terms:

  1. Copies of such works shall be donated to the library by the author or publisher. Titles not accepted for the library collection may be given to the Friends of the Library for their book sales.
  2. Inclusion of such works will be at the discretion of the Collection Development Librarian or other designated library staff. Criteria for selection include suitability for the collection, demand, and available space. Further selection details can be found within our Collection Development Policy.
  3. Authors must be residents of Northeast Florida, or the item’s subject matter must reference Northeast Florida or otherwise be expected to generate a strong local interest.
  4. Preference will be given to materials with the following criteria:
    1. The book has been professionally bound. Items that are spiral-bound or stapled booklets with no spines cannot be added.
    2. The work has received positive reviews in professional journals.
    3. The work has been carefully and thoroughly copy-edited.
    4. An index is included for non-fiction titles.
    5. Citations are included for works referenced, and all photos and/or illustrations are used with permission.
  5. Selected items will be added to the Library’s catalog and be retained for at least two years. After such time the item will be evaluated on patron use, condition, and available space.
  6. Items may be removed from the collection at any time and will be deselected using standard procedures. Titles that are damaged, lost, or withdrawn are not automatically replaced.
  7. Library staff is unable to offer advice or criticism to authors and cannot review or edit works.

Please complete our Local Author Submission Form and submit it with a copy of your donated book to a staff member at your local library branch. For more information regarding this process, please email Collection Development Librarian Amy Ackerman at aackerman@sjcfl.us.

Download Local Author Submission Form

Resources from our Collection