Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook [NOOK Book]


Have you ever considered writing or reviewing for the library community? Are you interested in publishing a book on your favorite author or hobby? Do you need to write and publish for tenure? If so, Writing and Publishing is for you. Practical how-to guidance covering fiction, poetry, children's books/magazines, self-publishing, literary ...
See more details below
Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
BN.com price
(Save 19%)$52.00 List Price


Have you ever considered writing or reviewing for the library community? Are you interested in publishing a book on your favorite author or hobby? Do you need to write and publish for tenure? If so, Writing and Publishing is for you. Practical how-to guidance covering fiction, poetry, children's books/magazines, self-publishing, literary agents, personal blogging, and other topics will help you write

* As an expert for other library professionals
* Creative copy and information about your library
* Copy for websites, blogs, and online columns
* Bibliographic essays and lists
* Book reviews (formal and informal)

Writing and Publishing will serve as a great resource, whether in taking the anxiety out of writing or refining your style, you’ll use this book as much as your pen or keyboard!
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Smallwood (editor, Thinking Outside the Book) presents 92 new pieces by 47 published librarians. The book is divided into five parts, beginning with articles on why librarians should write, followed by the education of a writer—getting started, writing with others, revision, and lessons from publishers. The third part focuses on finding your niche in print—books, newsletters and newspapers, reviewing, magazines and professional journals, essays, textbook writing, children's literature, and writing on specific subjects. Next come pieces on finding your niche online, while the fifth part is about maximizing opportunities. The table of contents and index make up for the lack of article-specific running heads and the fact that articles don't always start on a new page. VERDICT This book's wide range of topics ensures that any librarian can find at least one article geared toward her/his particular needs. While anyone seeking tenure or publishing ideas and advice could find help here, it is aimed at librarians and is a resource they can turn to again and again.—Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Queensborough Community Coll. Lib., Bayside, NY
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838990117
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 199
  • File size: 439 KB

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bob Blanchard

Part I Why Write?
Know Your Audience: How Writing Helped Me Be a Better Librarian by Elizabeth A. Stephan
Narrative and Librarianship by John Glover
Writing for Professional Development by Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen
Why Write on Nonlibrarian Topics? by Valerie J. Nye
Writing for Tenure by Robert P. Holley
Coauthoring for Tenure by Valerie J. Nye
Poetry and Librarianship by John Glover

Part II Education of a Writer
Getting Started
Don’t Find Time to Write—Make Time by Gabriel Morley
A Pep Talk on Writing the Awful First Draft by Paul Blobaum
Writing 101: Reading with a Writer’s Eye by Jan Siebold
Becoming an Expert—Finding Your Niche by Bruce R. Schueneman
Find Out What’s Currently Being Published in Children’s Books by Mary Northrup
Building a Writer’s Portfolio by Kris Swank
MLS, MFA: The Working Librarian Pursuing a Degree in Creative Writing by Colleen S. Harris
Bringing Creative Writing Lessons to the Library Literature Worktable by Georgie Donovan
Writing with Others
Nurturing the Writer within Using Mentors and Guides by Paul Blobaum
Writing with Colleagues: Strategies for Getting the Work Done by Georgie Donovan
Librarian Writing Groups by Stephanie Mathson
Writing Groups by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell
Networking and Serendipity in Publishing by Aline Soules
Revise, Revise, Revise
245 Field Meets Chicago Manual of Style: Formatting Your Manuscript by Kathryn Yelinek
Editing Your Writing by Beth Nieman
The Librarian’s Guide to Dealing with Revision Requests by Michael Lorenzen
Working with Book and Journal Editors to Revise Your Manuscript by Patrick Ragains
Lessons from Publishing
Preparing for Publication: Strategies for Identifying Potential Library Journals by Deborah H. Charbonneau
The Path to Representation: Finding a Literary Agent by Anika Fajardo
Treat Yourself as a Patron: Tracking Your Submissions by Kathryn Yelinek
Interdisciplinary Publication: Thinking beyond Library Journals to Write What Your Clients Read by Michelynn McKnight
The End or the Beginning? Learning from Rejection by Anika Fajardo
Self-Publishing by Bruce R. Schueneman
DIY Publishing Projects: Broadsides, Chapbooks, and Beyond by Lisa A. Forrest
Spreading the Word by Robert S. Nelson
Twenty-five Years at BookExpo: What I Learned about Librarian Authorship by Elizabeth Morelli

Part III Finding Your Niche in Print
Niche: Writing about Diversity through Books by Vandella Brown
Publishing Mystery Fiction by Kris Swank
Writing for Reference Books by Sigrid Kelsey
Writing Sequels by Janet Husband
Tips for Compiling a Publishable Bibliography by John R. Burch Jr.
Newsletters and Newspapers
Being an ALA Newsletter Editor by Stacy Russo
Partners: Helping Your Hometown Paper Promote the Local Library by Beth Nieman
Press Kits and News Releases by Faye C. Roberts
Writing a Newspaper Column by Faye C. Roberts
Book Reviews by Sigrid Kelsey
Reviewing Books for a Newspaper by Tom Cooper
Learn How to Review Books by John R. Burch Jr.
Keys to a Healthy Reviewer-Editor Relationship by Douglas King
Peer-Reviewing by Robert P. Holley
Ten Tips for Becoming a Successful Restaurant Reviewer by Ruth Pennington Paget
Writing Video Reviews by Douglas King
Magazines and Professional Journals
Advice from an Editor: Writing for a State Library Journal by Elizabeth A. Stephan
Find Your Niche in Magazine Writing by Kay Marner
Freelance Magazine Writing for Librarians by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell
Writing What You Know for Service to Others: Professional Journals by Elaine Sanchez
The Hero’s Journey to an Academic Paper by Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen
Research Evidence in Qualitative Data: Finding Out Why and How, Not Just How Many by Michelynn McKnight
Team Writing: Professional Journals by Elaine Sanchez
Crafting a Compelling Bibliographic Essay by Beth M. Sheppard
The Librarian as Essay Writer by Elizabeth Morelli
Textbook Writing
Textbook Writing: Locating and Working with Textbook Publishers by Ann Marlow Riedling
Writing New Editions of Your Textbooks by Ann Marlow Riedling
Children’s Literature
Children’s Librarians! Use Your Skills to Fill Your Collection Gaps by Margaret Read MacDonald
From Storytime to Picture Book: A Path for the Children’s Librarian by Margaret Read MacDonald
The Public Library as Picture Book Publisher by Kay Marner
Writing for Children’s Magazines by Mary Northrup
Writing on Specific Subjects
Writing Biographical Sketches for Professional Development by Janet Butler Munch
Do You Want to Be an Anthologist? by Carolyn Davis
The Librarian-Researcher Who Is Disabled by Carolyn Davis
Writing Regionally by Stacy Russo
The Poet-Librarian: Writing and Submitting Work by Colleen S. Harris
Diversity Shout-Outs! Writing Articles about Diversity by Vandella Brown

Part IV Finding Your Niche Online
Blogging Tips for Librarians by Michael Lorenzen
Blogging: Writing Op-Eds by Michael Dudley
Librarians as Personal Bloggers by Nicole C. Engard
Ten Reasons to Publish an Online Column by Ruth Pennington Paget
Writing for Library Websites by Beth M. Sheppard
Confessions of an Amazon.com Reviewer by Corinne H. Smith
Promoting but Protecting Yourself Online by Corinne H. Smith
Turning Sequels into a Database by Janet Husband

Part V Maximizing Opportunities
Writing for Publication as a State of Mind by Diane Stine
The Academic Librarian as Writer by Janet Butler Munch
Surveys as a Writing Prompt to Get Started in Publishing by Diane Stine
Editing Books by Wayne Jones
Nurturing a Book Concept to Publishing Success: Lessons Learned from a First-Time Book Editor by Deborah H. Charbonneau
Editing a Library Association Magazine by Wayne Jones
Editing Conference Proceedings by Stephanie Mathson
Strategic Publication by Robert S. Nelson
Librarians as First-Time Book Editors by Nicole C. Engard
Publishing by Leveraging New Technologies by Aline Soules
My Very Own ISBN Number: A Librarian’s Path to Publication by Jan Siebold
Maximize Your Opportunities to Get Published by Gabriel Morley
Interviewing for Publication by Patrick Ragains
Librarians and the Local Literary Community: Making Space on the Same Shelf by Lisa A. Forrest

Afterword by Wayne Jones
List of Contributors
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)