Libraries Publish
How to Start a Magazine, Small Press, Blog, and More
by Stephanie Katz
January 2021, 256pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-6943-3
$55, £41, 48€, A75
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6944-0
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Learn how to implement a publishing project at your library, such as a literary magazine, library professional journal, local anthology, patron book review blog, or small press.

In this book, author Stephanie Katz, founding editor of the award-winning literary journal 805 Lit + Art, shares practical tools and advice for starting successful creative publishing projects.

Publishing benefits libraries by providing high-quality content to patrons, showcasing local writers and faculty, and creating buzz for the library. These endeavors can be launched at any type and size of library, often for little to no cost. Libraries Publish teaches libraries how to publish literary magazines, book review blogs, local anthologies, picture books, library professional journals, and even novels. You’ll learn how to run a writing contest or writer-in-residence program, form community partnerships with other literary organizations, find funding, navigate legal considerations, market your publication, and more.

Each chapter contains detailed information on how to start your project, including comprehensive checklists, recommendations for free software, and legal considerations. Social media strategies as well as tips for facilitating student or teen-run projects are also covered. If your library wants to start a publishing project, this book will be your go-to resource!


  • Shows how each project fits into the mission of a library
  • Offers legal information including publishing rights and author publishing agreements
  • Reviews free and subscription software for websites, submissions management, layout, and communication with subscribers
  • Contains marketing and social media strategies for promoting a publication locally and nationally
  • Suggests ways to engage the community and build local partnerships
Stephanie Katz is technology librarian at Manatee County Public Library System in Bradenton, FL. She earned an MLIS from the University of South Florida and a BA in creative writing from the University of Central Florida. Katz is the founding editor-in-chief of 805 Lit + Art, an international online literary and art journal. She has published articles on 805 in the Journal of Library Administrators, Strategic Library, and Florida Libraries Journal. In 2018, 805 won the Innovation Award from the Florida Library Association.


"Workers at various types of libraries (or at schools, museums, or prisons) will find this a valuable resource for outreach and promotion."—Library Journal, June 1, 2021

"This will be a truly useful reference for those looking to get into publishing. It will be especially good for librarians or those working with libraries."—Booklist Online, August 20, 2021

"Recommended. Public librarians and professionals."—Choice, February 1, 2022
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