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Author & Publisher Guide

Submission Guidelines for Authors and Publishers

Authors and publishers may submit review copies or promotional information relating to materials that they wish to be considered for purchase by The Milwaukee Public Library (MPL). Resources will be considered based on the criteria in the Library's Collection Management Plan.

MPL selects materials supporting its diverse community needs and mission. Factors influencing selection include:

Authority                                  Local interest
Artistic quality                        Mass media publicity
Accuracy                                  Objectivity
Content                                    Popular demand

Presentation Considerations•

Binding: library collections are well used, and MPL aims to purchase physical materials built to last as long as possible. Submissions should have sturdy bindings whenever possible. 

Durability: MPL generally does not purchase workbooks, puzzle books, sticker books, coloring books or other “consumable” material formats. We do not circulate material that has “delicate” content that cannot survive heavy use, such as pop-up books. 

Spine label: library patrons look at the title of spines while browsing. Physical submissions printed with the title on the spine label will have the most visibility. 

ISBN: submissions must have a unique ISBN. If necessary, purchase an ISBN here: 

     United States: 

Content Considerations•

Collection need: MPL actively reviews circulation data and community          feedback to determine collection priorities. Use the MPL catalog to review current holdings. Submissions that uniquely meet the wide-ranging and diverse needs of the Milwaukee community, especially Milwaukee interest titles, have the most likely chance of being selected. 

Audience appeal: submissions should be expertly tailored to the age group/audience they are intended for. Review similar items in MPL’s collection, and look at best-sellers, award winners and other well-known titles for guidance and inspiration. 

Copyright: the publisher/creator should provide indication that they have the right to reproduce any and all material in the submission, including photographs and illustrations.

Review copies and promotional information may be sent to:

Acquisitions - Author/Publisher Submission
Milwaukee Public Library
814 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Note: Because of the volume of submissions, MPL cannot return review copies.

Please include the following information:

Format of material (print, media, etc.), bibliographic citation, ISBN, intended age level/audience (i.e. juvenile, young adult or adult), price and publication date

Information about the author.

Copies of relevant reviews (preferred review sources include Booklist, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, We Need Diverse Books, Brown Bookshelf).

Ordering availability. MPL prefers to acquire material through established library vendors (e.g. Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Midwest Tape). MPL does not purchase directly from authors.

If your book is not sold through traditional publishing houses, vendors or sites like Amazon, we also acquire books via Woodland Pattern Book Center and Boswell Book Company.

Please bear in mind:

The MPL librarians who select materials consider and order hundreds of thousands of titles each year. For this reason, the Library does not notify individual authors or publishers of the order decisions made about each of the many titles it is asked to consider for purchase. Records for titles that are selected can be viewed in CountyCat within six months of the receipt of the material.

MPL does not accept donated CDs/DVDs, magazines, textbooks, or eBooks for the collection. For technical and legal reasons, MPL is unable to purchase eBooks from any vendor other than OverDrive.