Paul J. Bartusiak – Source*Forged Armor – Lake Forest Public Library
Bruce Briley – The Case of the Vatican Murder – Paul V. Galvin Library, IIT
Mary Driver-Thiel – The World Undone – Lake Forest Public Library
Loretta Giacoletto - Chicago’s Headmistress - Collinsville Memorial Library Center
Mary Hutchings Reed - Warming Up: a novel – Mount Prospect Public Library
Sharon Kay – Wicked Wind – Naperville Public Library
DL Larson – Promises My Love – Earlville Library District
K.D.Lassiter - Parable of the Tooth – Messenger Public Library of North Aurora
Katherine Lato - Making Family – Warrenville Public Library District
Cat Mann - A Beautiful Fate – Springfield HS Library
Amanda Meredith – Dark Mountains – Deer Creek District Library
Rick Polad - Change of Address – Philips Library, Aurora University
David Wozniak - The Gardener of Nahi - La Grange Public Library
Joanne Zienty – The Things We Save – CCSD 62 Forest School, Des Plaines
Thank you to all libraries who nominated authors. The project received 103 nominations. See map at left.
Nikki Zimmermann? We at the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project have pondered both these questions and we are happy to announce the premiere of “It’s a Writingful Life.” Please make sure you see Leslie Bednar’s wonderful cameo poster as well as those of other Illinois library directors.
The Soon to be famous Illinois Author Project was created to demonstrate the power of Illinois libraries. We are proud that this video was created, performed and edited by the Illinois library community.
Illinois libraries hope to discover an unknown, self-published author whose work will jump off the page for readers. The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is accepting self-published adult fiction submissions from Illinois residents via their local libraries.
We’ve uploaded a new, updated author nomination form.
Deadline for submissions is January 6, 2014. The winner will be announced
during National Library Week, April 13 to 19, 2014.
please submit your self-published book to your local library
(public, school,academic, special) before January 6, 2014.
Library staffers -
please submit your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org using the author nomination form.
we are looking for judges, please email the judge application form to Julie Stam at StamJ@EisenhowerPLD.org.
- Click here for a copy of the author nomination form.
- Click here for a copy of the judge application form.
- Click here to go to the Soon to Famous Facebook page.
- Click here to read the press release.
- Click here to read FAQs
Promote the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author at your library. Download the 11 x 17 poster.
- Sue Wilsey, Niles Public Library, 847-663-6405
- Cris Cigler, Fox River Valley Public Library District, 224-699-5884
- Julie Stam, Eisenhower Public Library District, 708-867-2290
- Donna Fletcher, Donna E. Fletcher Consulting, Inc., 847-432-1972
- Nikki Zimmermann, La Grange Public Library, 708-215-3277
- Anita Quinlan, Plainfield Public Library, 815-436-6639 ext.240
- Liz Clemmons, Gail Borden Public Library, 847-429-4698
- Denise Raleigh, Gail Borden Public Library, 847-429-5981
- Jeanne Hamilton, Charleston Public Library, 217-345-4913
…or email email@example.com.
The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project was inspired by a presentation by brand expert and NYU professor David Vinjamuri, who spoke about the importance of libraries in the era of eBooks and branding at the American Library Association’s annual conference last summer. (the slides from the presentation are here)
This project is being coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association and Reaching Across Illinois Library System and is supported by the Illinois Heartland Library System, ALA Digital Working Group and the Public Library Association.