Self Publishing Toolbox

Wisconsin Author Project

Through the Wisconsin Author Project, libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books. Submissions for the next contest will begin in Spring 2019.


With the SELF-e program, authors can submit their ebook to SELF-e to have it showcased in the Indie Wisconsin Statewide Collection while retaining all rights to their work. Readers across the state can discover their work with the potential for national exposure.


Design your own books, newsletters, poetry, novels, and any other written content in digital and print ready formats using Pressbooks. Pressbooks is an easy-to-use online software that allows users to create professional-quality print-ready and eBook files.


BiblioBoard library contains local content from self-publishing authors, along with top indie ebooks selected by Library Journal. App available.


Canva is one of the best design tools available online. You can easily design book covers, banners and graphics for your blog or social media networks.


Grammarly: (Free & Paid) is one of the best and most popular online grammar and spell checkers available. It can be used within its standalone app or with MS Office. It comes with plugins for most browsers, including Safari and Chrome. It is also available as an iOS app.


A word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context.


Pressbooks, the Wisconsin Author Project, SELF-e, and BiblioBoard Library are a project of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) with additional funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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