Local Indie Authors

Local Indie Authors

Fraser Valley is home to many independent and self-published authors, and we want to help highlight your creative work. The new Local Indie Authors collection exists to showcase the new books of writers and illustrators in our communities. Apply today!

Check out books by Local Indie Authors already in our collection, and borrow one today!

Who can apply?

Local authors include residents in FVRL’s 15 municipalities and Indigenous community members within the Fraser Valley area. If you are an author who lives outside of these areas, but whose book is about an FVRL community, you can also apply.

What kind of books are accepted?

We accept applications for new, print books by local authors. Books need to:

  • Have an ISBN
  • Be published this year, or in the previous 2 years.
  • Be professionally printed and bound for borrowing, and
  • The submitting author must be a legal rights holder of the work.

Books can be about any topic (fiction or non-fiction), and for any age group. Books in any language that the library already offers are welcome.

How do I apply?

Apply by submitting a completed application form [PDF] and a copy of your book. Please ensure you have read the full terms of FVRL’s Local Indie Authors Collection Development Policy [PDF]

Deliver your application package in person to any of FVRL’s 25 libraries any time the library is open, or mail direct to our Administration Centre c/o “ FVRL Local Indie Authors”. Once we’ve received your application, we will let you know within 90 days if your book has been accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

I submitted my application, but haven’t heard back yet.
What if I can’t come into a library branch, or it’s inconvenient for me?
Do you accept ebooks?
Can children and teens submit?
What if I am one of two (or three, etc) authors?
I’m the illustrator, not the author. Can I still apply?
Can I submit on behalf of my parent, spouse, other family member or friend?
Why do you have a residency requirement?
Can I submit if I used to live in the area, but have moved?
I wrote a local history book, but I’m not a resident.
What does “professionally printed and bound” mean?
Will you also consider my older books?
Can I donate copies of my book?
Will my book be accepted?
Should I send you an invoice for my book?
What if my book isn’t selected?
I still have questions. Who can I contact?

Holds pickup options are changing on January 2. Tell us who's allowed to pick up holds on your behalf (even if you don't live at the same address), and we'll put a note on your account. Tell us in person, by phone or by email. Or if you prefer, fill out this Holds Pickup Letter of Authorization.form to authorize up to four people on your behalf. You can return the completed form to any FVRL location.


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