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Local & Self-Published Authors

SDCL collects a variety of books and media that are written, published and/or produced locally. We are now accepting submissions for review through the SELF-e submission portal and at your local branch. Please see below for more information.

Submit your eBook through the SELF-e portal. Titles will be considered for inclusion in one or both of the following services: 1) a California collection, available at San Diego County Library and other participating California public libraries; 2) Library Journal's SELF-e public library eBook discovery service, available at participating libraries nationwide.

Local/Self-Published Author Donation Form
Physical copies of locally produced books, DVDs and/or music CDs can also be submitted for consideration. Print out a copy of this form and drop it off with one copy of your work at any of San Diego County Library's branches. This document also contains information about the library's selection process.

Resources for Authors

Writers Groups and Events at SDCL Branches

San Diego Writers Ink
Non-profit offering classes, groups, workshops, readings and other literary events.

Clarion Workshop
Hosted annually at UCSD, for aspiring Science Fiction and Fantasy authors.

American Library Association: Marketing to Libraries

The Southern California Writers' Conference

UCSD Extension Creative Writing Program

San Diego Writers Guild

SDSU Writers' Conference

Cropper Center for Creative Writing at USD

Point Loma Nazarene's Writer's Symposium

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