Library launches publishing imprint with children’s book release
Williamson County Public Library celebrated its new publishing imprint – Academy Park Press – and first release with book signing Sunday, Dec. 8.
The children’s book, titled Bucky and Bonnie’s Library Adventure, was written by library staff, who worked with La Vergne-based distributor Ingram Content Group.
Library Director Dolores Greenwald first got the idea for a publishing imprint from a Massachusetts library who releases e-books.
“Libraries are transitioning like publishing is, like the media is. We’re looking at different and innovative ways to help our patrons, and that is why we started venturing into this realm and are hoping to be able to work with local authors,” she said.
Greenwald, Margaret Brown, Suzanne Sparks, Hilary Brown and Sarah Keaggy – all staff or otherwise affiliated with the library – co-authored and released the book, a process which took approximately nine months.
“It was a labor of love and also a big effort,” Greenwald said.
The book release marks the beginning of a new age for Williamson County’s writing community.
Greenwald said a three-month submission period for local writers will open up sometime after the first of the year. .
A committee of about six, composed mostly of published authors, would evaluate submitted work.
“There is a writer’s critique group that has been working with us for years; they meet here twice a month. We’re looking at them to help assemble the review committee,” Greenwald said.
Library staff would work as liaison between committee and writers, but not necessarily make the final decision of what gets published.
There are several goals for the new imprint, Greenwald said.
“One is to work with local authors in a different and innovative way. Another is to show public libraries how they can work with authors and work with Ingram and create a different, new avenue.”
Bucky and Bonnie’s Library Adventure can be purchased in hardcover for $16.99 at the library, and will soon be available online. Proceeds will benefit Friends of the Williamson County Library, which paid for publishing.
Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @Jess_Marie_Pace