Write your novel

Make East Central Regional Library your partner in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Our online resources, books, and meeting spaces can get you started and keep you going.

MN Writes MN Reads

Use this collection of online tools to publish and share your novel. Use Pressbooks to create professional-quality versions of your book in EPUB, MOBI, PDF and more formats. After formatting your book with Pressbooks, you can submit it to SELF-e to share it with readers across the state and potentially across the country.

Learn more about MN Writes MN Reads.

Other online resources


Are you looking for tips on writing and publishing?  Try these handbooks and guides.

Maybe you’re just looking for inspiration?  Reading other novels written during NaNoWriMo might do the trick!

Quiet spaces

Many East Central Regional Library locations offer meeting space. Use a study room for yourself or a small group to write. Reserve a library meeting room to discuss your writing with others; even start a writing group that meets at the library.

Winners announced for Minnesota Author Project

Winners have been announced for the first annual MN Writes MN Reads Minnesota Author Project, which recognizes the best self-published  authors in the state of Minnesota.


Congratulations to these great authors!


Adult Fiction Winner:

Betting on Paradise by Lizbeth Selvig










Young Adult Fiction Winner:

Journey’s Middle by B.K. Parent










Read the eBooks now on MN Writes MN Reads No wait lists and no library card needed! Or, if you prefer to read print, place a hold in the East Central Regional Library catalog at the links above.


We’re looking for the best self-published books in the state of Minnesota!

Through this project, libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books.

This year’s contest kicks off on April 1, 2018, and submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2018.

The winners of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 each in Adult and Young Adult categories. Prizes sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs.
  • A write-up in the December print issue of Library Journal.
  • Honors at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle.
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) in Minnesota public libraries.
  • A Library Journal Digital Review (Winners + Honorable Mentions).
  • If available, print copies of your book will be purchased and made available for checkout through Minnesota’s public libraries.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.

 Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Minnesota resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

Submit your work!

For books that do not win, you will still have the opportunity to have your book assessed by Library Journal curators to be included in SELF-e Select and to make your book available statewide in the Indie Minnesota collection at MN Writes MN Reads.

Libraries Offer Tools to Create and Share eBooks

In conjunction with other Minnesota libraries, East Central Regional Library now offers a new suite of resources – collectively called MN Writes MN Reads – to help local authors connect with local readers, and potentially with readers across the country.

“East Central Regional Library is excited by the possibilities of MN Writes MN Reads in helping our local communities come together through the power of the written word,” says Resource Librarian Sarah Hawkins.

MN Writes MN Reads consists of three resources that allow authors and readers to create, share and read eBooks. These resources, Pressbooks, SELF-e, and Biblioboard, are free to members of the community via the MN Writes MN Reads website. Funding for these services comes from libraries from across the state.

CreatePressbooks enables writers to convert their manuscripts into a variety of eBook formats, including ePub, MOBI and PDF. Pressbooks helps writers format their books with professional design templates and includes tools to assist with book organization. After converting their book into eBook format, authors can distribute their book however they choose. One free option is SELF-e.

ShareSELF-e is a portal for sharing eBooks. Titles submitted to SELF-e undergo a basic screening process and then are added to the statewide MN Writes MN Reads collection. In addition, titles submitted are screened by staff from Library Journal. Library Journal selects a limited number of titles (at this time only fiction) to make available to readers across the country. Authors retain all rights to books submitted to SELF-e.

ReadBiblioBoard is the place where readers find this content. This easy-to-use platform features work from a wide variety of genres, including comics, history, art, graphic novels, young adult novels and romance. There are an unlimited number of checkouts, meaning that readers never have to wait for a book to be available. And there are no return periods (therefore never any late fees!).