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LAPL Writes

Welcome to LAPL Writes, our guide to the Los Angeles Public Library's many resources for our local author community. Take a look at what the library has to offer and find useful advice on everything from overcoming writer's block to getting your work published.

Book Lists

A great selection of books on...

  • General Writing Advice
  • Screenwriting
  • Editing and Publishing
  • More
Online Resources

The Library provides 24/7 access to...

  • Online Classes
  • Databases
  • Suggested Weblinks
  • More

LAPL is partnering with BiblioBoard to offer this opportunity for you to reach a wider audience with your e-book.

Submission Policy

Have you written a book? See our instructions for submitting your title for the Library's consideration.


Check out ...

  • ALOUD lecture series
  • Writing Groups
  • Open Mics
  • Author Talks
Submission Policy

Discover a great new author before they make it big! Read self-published e-books submitted through the Indie Author Project program at LAPL and other public libraries throughout California.

Check out profiles on some of L.A.'s great local authors.


Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, children's book and more in eBook and print-ready formats? Pressbooks Public is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more—all through LAPL.

Local Author Collections

This collection represents the best independently published titles submitted by local L.A. authors to the Indie Author Project.