Writing and publishing for the busy librarian

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For Immediate Release,

December 1, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “
Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook,” edited by Carol Smallwood. This practical, how-to volume offers guidance to help the time-strapped library professional

  • Effectively share information about their library through Web sites, blogs and online columns
  • Write fiction, poetry, children's books, magazine articles, book reviews, bibliographic essays and lists and more
  • Understand the ins and outs of self-publishing and working with literary agents

Smallwood received her MLS from Western Michigan University and her MA in history from Eastern Michigan University. She is the editor of “
Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook,” also published by ALA Editions, and author or editor of 18 other books for Scarecrow, McFarland, Libraries Unlimited, Pudding House Publications, Peter Lang and others. Some other credits include
The Writer’s Chronicle, Journal of Formal Poetry, Detroit News, Instructor, English Journal and
Michigan Feminist Studies. The novel “Lily’s Odyssey,” the coedited anthology “Contemporary Women: Our Defining Passages” and a short story in
Best New Prose Writing 2009 are forthcoming. A 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award Winner and a finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for prose, she has experience in school, public and special libraries and has served as a library consultant. Smallwood appears in “Contemporary Authors” and Who’s Who in America.

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