November is a time for friends, family, and cooler weather. It’s also the perfect time to start writing! Putting words to paper can be a fantastic feeling. If writing is your desire, Chandler Public Library has you covered. Check out these useful resources.
Looking for books to inspire you to write, or about the nuts-and-bolts of writing? Check out these writing books, or come in and browse the nonfiction shelves at 808. Maybe you want to do some research from home. Try these resources available through our website - free with your library card and available at any time:
Biography in Context
Maybe you want to write about a famous person in history. Biography in Context provides a comprehensive database of biographical information on more than one million people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Gale Genealogy Connect
Perhaps you would like to explore your roots and write about your own personal history? Gale Genealogy Connect features a wide range of comprehensive references and is powered by authoritative information from Genealogical.com.
If you want to travel to explore a place for research purposes but don’t have the time, CultureGrams can take you where you want to go by proving articles on culture, history, economy and more, covering over 200 countries as well as U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, Lynda Library offers some excellent opportunities to take your book to the finish line:
Editing and Proofreading Made Simple **
Most professionals can't afford full-time proofreaders. With some simple tips and extra attention to detail, you can edit your own writing and make sure it's as polished as possible before you hit send. Learn the five keys to effective editing, from checking content, spelling, and grammar to applying basic formatting. Find out how to apply these rules to emails, presentations, and blog posts—yours or someone else's—and create style guides and templates to be more productive. Instructor Erin Rickard, a writer, professor, and long-time editor, also points out the most frequent mistakes writers make and provides tips for finding and correcting them.
Learning Ebook Publishing **
Learn how to self-publish your ebook successfully and give it the best chance of being read. Taught by Jason Matthews, an ebook publishing consultant who has self-published 10 books, the course first explores the major outlets, including Amazon, and discusses how to best format Microsoft Word files or EPUB files to retailer requirements.
** To access these Lynda course links for free with your library card, choose “Sign in with your organization portal” and enter chandlerlibrary.org
The month of November also is a time to celebrate National Novel Writing Month, where you can partake in writing the next great novel. They offer lots of spots to come write-in, as well as providing tips from pros and those who have participated before. Visit nanowrimo.org to find out more.