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Need to find information on publishing? Try these resources first.

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Library Resources Online

Terms to use when searching

Try using these when you search Google, the library catalog or look for magazine articles on the topic:
  • Book publishing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Self-publishing
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Authorship and marketing

Books In the Library

When you are looking for books on publishing, start with books located in the 029, 051, 346.7, and 741.5 sections of the library's shelves.

Here are some suggestions:

Start Your Own Self-Publishing Business: Your Step-by Step Guide to Success
Rob Adams
070.593 A

The Writer's Market
F & W Publications
051 W95

The Writer's Guide to the Business of Comics
Lurene Haines
741.5 H

Every Writer's Guide to Copyright and Publishing Law
Ellen M. Kozak
346.7304 K

Vault Career Guide to Book Publishing
Matt Manning
070.5023 M

Publish Your Own Magazine, Guidebook, or Weekly Newspaper: How to Start, Manage, and Profit From a Home-based Publishing Company
Thomas A. Williams
q338.47686 W

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Library Resources Online: Find Magazine Articles and More

You can connect to these from your home or office. You will need your BPL library card. (The barcode on the back is your password.)
  • ABI Inform Research
  • Business Source Premier
    Each of these links you to articles from hundreds of magazines. Use the terms we listed above to search by keyword.
  • Associations Unlimited
    Connect with an association to learn about news and trends and to meet others who can help you in your new biz. Start your "Association" search with the phrase "book publishing."
  • Business and Company Resource Center
    Find articles from magazines or get a snapshot of your business by using the term "publishing" as the "Industry Description."
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There are lots of websites on self-publishing. Look at these first.

This publishing company offers lots of "how-to" books on publishing comic books and graphic novels.

Book Industry Study Group
A great place to find market statistics. This association publishes Book Industry Trends.

National Association of Independent Publishers
The place to find information on book production, distribution and promotion.

Publishers Marketing Association
Helps independent book publishers market their titles. Also, a place to find cooperative marketing and educational programs.

Self-Publishers Association of North America
An association that is dedicated to bringing "success to small publishers, self-publishers and authors!"

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Describes the work, education requirements, employment outlook and earnings of those who work in publishing, from editors and writers to managers and sales people.