Once you have created and formatted your e-book through Pressbooks, it's ready to share with readers. You can share your e-book for no charge by submitting your work for potential inclusion in:

Submitting Your E-Book

Submissions must be in EPUB or PDF file format. After you upload your e-book to Indie Illinois, it is reviewed to ensure that it is technically sound and does not infringe on copyrights. This initial review takes a few days. Your e-book will appear then in Indie Illinois, a statewide collection promoting independently-published local authors.

Adult or young adult fiction titles are also automatically submitted to the Library Journal review process for potential inclusion in the Indie Author Project Select collection. You may opt out of this collection. You will be notified if your e-book has been chosen as an Indie Author Project Selection within 4-6 weeks.

Submit to Indie Author Project Select

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You may also enter your e-book in the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project. Illinois was the first state to debut a contest for self-published authors, which has since gone nationwide.

Two contests are associated with the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project:

  • The Illinois Author Project: An annual contest for the best independently-published work of adult fiction or young adult fiction, written by an Illinois resident, and available as either an ePUB or PDF file. Submissions are due by May 31 each year. 
  • The Manuscript Project: An annual contest for the best unpublished work of adult fiction, written by an Illinois resident. Submissions are due by January 2 each year.

Why Share with inkie.org?

  • It’s free to anyone in Illinois as a service provided by RAILS.
  • Your e-book gains a wider audience.
  • You can share your e-book on one of the inkie.org platforms or you can share it independently.