Local Author Showcase Details and Deadlines

Douglas County Libraries is fortunate to be approached by many local authors who would like to share their work with library patrons through presentations and signing events. DCL is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning, and supports local authors in their efforts.

To serve both local authors and library patrons, Douglas County Libraries offers eight Local Author Showcase events. Each Showcase features up to12 authors; each has five minutes to talk about his or her book(s). After all the presentations, authors may meet, talk with, and sell their books to those attending.

  • Authors must bring their own books to sell and will be responsible for all sales (types of currency accepted, sales taxes, etc.).
  • Books must have first publication dates of 2012 or later.
  • Authors who have had prior Douglas County Libraries’ presentation/signing events will not be eligible to participate in a Showcase for the same book.
  • Each participating author must email an event invitation (to be provided by Douglas County Libraries) to 25 people in the area, or provide the library with a list of 25 email addresses to be used for the same purpose.
  • Douglas County Libraries will publicize each Showcase through other channels (posters, e-newsletters, email blasts, press releases and social media, or some subset of these).
  • Douglas County Libraries will provide meeting rooms, tables, refreshments and library staff to do introductions for each Showcase event.
  • There will be no charge for the authors or for those attending.

Participation in Local Author Showcase is by application only. Please complete this application, save it, and email it by the appropriate deadline to Lisa Casper at: lcasper@dclibraries.org.

Showcase Dates and Deadlines:

Event Date/Time Location Deadline
Sun., July 20, 2 p.m. Lone Tree Branch Filled
Sun., Sept. 21, 2 p.m. Philip S. Miller Branch - Castle Rock Until filled
Sat., Oct. 11, 2 p.m. James H. LaRue Branch - Highlands Ranch Until filled

Please note: Applications must be submitted by the deadline of your earliest preferred Showcase date. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis, and Showcases fill up quickly.

Other Resources for Writers

New authors often have many questions about how best to finish, publish and market their books.

Douglas County Libraries provides free workshops on myriad topics, from writing and publishing to marketing and publicity. Workshops feature panels of experienced authors (traditionally and self-published) and professionals from the publishing industry. Topics include getting the word out, getting books or e-books into libraries and book stores, social media, websites, getting reviews and resources for those who have self-published. There will be time for Q&A as well.

We also publish “The Wire: A Writer’s Resource,” a blog for new and aspiring writers containing articles and links to local and online writing resources (coaches, writers’ groups, editors, publishers, agents, designers, publicists, etc.). The Wire also contains advice for adding your book to the DCL collection.

Visit blogs.douglascountylibraries.org/thewire/ for more information.