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Thursday, November 7, 2013

"Soon To Be Famous" Illinois Author Project by DL Larson

The Illinois Library Association has taken a grand step in helping indie authors. (small cheer needed here!!)

The "Soon To Be Famous" Illinois Author Project is a statewide project to promote self-published authors. If you, an indie author of Illinois, are interested then check out the website:

A few suggestions before proceeding.
1. Be an active participant in your local library.
2. Be a patron in good standing - which means don't have an outstanding fine when you ask to be nominated.
3. Have copies of your book available on the spot because the nominating library has to have read your work before it can nominate you!

The reasons are many as to why Illinois Libraries have decided to do this. The most important is their wish to demonstrate the vital role libraries play in promoting books and offering reading material to the public.

The nomination criteria is pretty basic:
- author must reside in Illinois (if you are out of state, check your state library's website. They may be offering something similar to your state's indie authors.
- author must be willing to provide copies of their book to the judging committee members.
- author must be willing to promote his/her book at libraries in person or by Skpe.
- books must be self-published; available digitally and/or in print.
- books must be adult fiction.
- book must be read by the nominator. (your local library)

The deadline is Monday, January 6, 2014. But don't wait until then. Your book needs to be read by your local library staff in order to be nominated. So give them plenty of time to do that.

A staff member at your local library will submit your book. You can not participate in this project without the aide of your local library!

The winner will be announced during National Library Week 2014. (That's in April!!)

Good Luck!

Til next time ~

DL Larson

PS: Next Week: Guest blogger, Tom Oestricher, will join us on Thursday,Nov. 14!! Be sure to join us!!


  1. Got a notice about this from my library, too. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  2. This is a great program. IL really does a lot for its authors...

  3. I'll have to check this out at my library. Sounds like a great idea!

    Morgan Mandel

  4. Glad to spread the word! Good Luck, everyone!! I figure there are really no losers, it's another chance for someone to read our books and make a few more connections. And ... somebody has to win - wouldn't it be grand if it was someone we know!!!