Writing & Self-Publishing

Are you interested writing and self publishing your novel, memoir, cookbook or poetry? Explore our recommended resources for writing and publishing in print and ebook format.

Library Databases

Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning)

Find video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals.

If you have already created an account, you can download the Lynda.com app through your device’s app store. Once downloaded, use the “Already a Lynda member?” button and sign in under the Organization tab. Use the app like you would the website, or download videos for offline viewing.

North Shore Authors Collection

West Vancouver Memorial Library, North Vancouver City Library and North Vancouver District Public Library will launch a new collection to showcase gifted North Shore authors in November 2019. Emerging and established writers are invited to apply to have their book featured in next year's collection through the North Shore Authors Collection website. Applications for this year are now closed. 

On the Shelf

Authorship – Handbooks & Manuals

Handbooks and advice for starting, and continuing, your authorship career.


Guides, handbooks, and "How-Tos" on the self-publishing process.

On the Web

Book Baby

Self-publish your ebook or print book through Book Baby. They feature an upfront fee, and then authors receive 100% of their sales.

Library and Archives Canada Information for Self Publishers

Library and Archives Canada provides services for the self-publishing community that include information on how to obtain an ISBN, how to submit works to the Legal Deposit program, and cataloguing information.


Since introducing self-publishing in 2002, Lulu.com offers a platform to create hardcover, paperback and ebook print. Lulu is available in six languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Dutch.

North Shore Writers Association

Connect with other North Shore authors. The North Shore Writers' Association has been bringing together authors of all levels, published and unpublished, since 1993.


Scribd offers authors exposure to an established audience of 80 million monthly readers around the globe.


The largest self-publishing platform available, Smashwords is a complete Do-It-Yourself publishing platform that can distribute your manuscript to all of the major ebook sellers.