A locally focused and publicly owned publishing imprint.
In order to support the local writing community and promote the production of original content, the library is looking for completed manuscripts for publication through our press. Rather than provide an advance, the library will invest in the production of the finished work in exchange for permanent digital distribution to AADL cardholders via the library's website. The AADL Productions team will review submissions to determine which projects move forward. The library is looking to publish fiction, and non-fiction for children, teens or adults. All genres, audiences, and formats are considered. We want to support the work of local authors writing on any topic as well as record the culture and history of the Ann Arbor area by publishing manuscripts with a local focus. Our scope is limited to residents of Washtenaw County - unless you are writing on an Ann Arbor area topic.
The library will provide:
- Editing, proofreading, formatting/layout, format conversion, indexing, fact checking, design, illustrations, cover art, photography and any other needed assistance determined by the type of manuscript to get the book ready for publication. This includes headshots of the author and the rare opportunity to have some input in the cover design.
- A finished, polished manuscript formatted for ebook publishing and on-demand print publishing as an option at the author's expense. The press provides up to three ISBN numbers for each author.
- A launch/book release event for the author when the book is published. The author may sell their book at the event and do a signing. Every May and November the Press hosts a book release event for that class of authors. The event will be catered and held in the lobby of the Downtown Library and is open to one and all. The library will do extensive promotion in advance of the event.
- If you're wondering what does Fifth Avenue Press want from the authors that we publish? The library's goal is to support our local writing community, create content about local issues, history & people AND to provide more content to our library patrons. The ONLY thing that Fifth Avenue Press asks our published authors to provide is a digital (PDF) copy of their book that will be available for download to AADL library card holders (currently around 65,000 active users) on our website. The library will always retain hard copies of the books we provide for checkout in our collection.
- Resources and advice so the author can do the marketing and promoting of their book after its release. The author will retain the copyright and 100% of the profits for their work. The library is not involved in distribution beyond purchasing printed hard-copies from the author to be added to the library's collection. Decisions about distribution and platform(s) used will remain with the author. For further details, please see our FAQ
If you have a completed manuscript use the official submission form here. Please be sure to read the FAQ thoroughly before submitting your manuscript. Please note that you MUST be logged in to our website in order to access the form. If you do not have an account with us please create one using this form https://aadl.org/user/register - you do NOT need an AADL library card to create an account.
We take submissions on a continuous basis and will publish the same way. Have a question? Send us a message at email@example.com.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 10 from 1-3PM at the Downtown Library for the celebration of the fall 2019 class of authors!
The Ann Arbor District Library is pleased to announce the release of NINE new literary works from our Fifth Avenue Press imprint this November.
We're releasing four titles for adults:
The Elements: a love letter to all things everywhere: An artist's exploration of the periodic table of elements and our inseparability with everything by author and artist Hannah Burr.
All That We Encounter: A literary novel with a metaphysical and time-travel slant, that addresses the complexity of family bonds, explores self-discovery at every age, and raises the question: to truly move on from one’s past, must they first come to terms with it? By Bethany Grey.
Breaking Through: A novel about Sam, a twenty-eight year old teacher, who navigates changing friendships and her own out-of-control love life as forgotten pieces of her past begin to resurface by Johnny Thompson.
Shape Notes: Expressing both the harmonious and dissonant parts of life, Shape Notes is organized around four shapes and four themes: social justice, places, family and community. The poems attempt to create connections and discover how our connections can bring joy. By Judy Patterson Wenzel.
One title for teens:
Intersections: When a tragic car accident cuts short the life of vivacious Chloe, the lives of everyone involved are forever changed. Told from nine different perspectives, Intersections portrays a gripping moment at the crossroads of the struggle to find the light or surrender to the shadows by Shanelle Boluyt.
Four titles for children:
The Dragon Library: A charming beginning reader about a mysterious library and the three dragons who work hard to keep it going. By author James Barbatano with illustrations by Douglas Bosley.
Modern Crab Aventures: Fantastic Planet: Crab is on an outer space adventure, but when the ship breaks down on an unfamiliar planet how will Crab get back home? Find out in this delightful picture book by Douglas Bosley.
Over In Motown: An energetic picture book celebrating the musical genres and rhythms of industry that fueled Detroit in the Motown era. By author Debbie Taylor with illustrations by Keisha Morris.
The Planet We Live On: A picture book told in a lively House That Jack Built style, discover the connections among plants, animals and the resources they need to survive. How do people fit into earth's web of life? By Shanda Trent
Join us to hear readings and meet our fourth group of authors, buy their books, get them signed, and enjoy light refreshments!
In Spring, 2019 Fifth Avenue Press published five books:
Who We Are Now by Linda Cotton Jeffries
Almost Lost: Detroit Kids Discover Holocaust Secrets and Family Survivors by Pauline Loewenhardt
Corked: Tales of Advantage in Competitive Sports by Brian Love and Michael Burns
In 2018 Fifth Avenue Press published five books:
Paint the Night a picture book by Tracy Gallup
We Thought We Knew You - realistic, adult fiction by Linda Jeffries
Akeina the Crocodile a picture book by Brad and Kristin Northrop
Snail, I Love You a picture book by Tevah Platt, Willa Thiel and Becky Grover
Setting the Record Straight a Middle Grade/Teen novel by V.W. Shurtliff.
In 2017 Fifth Avenue Press published eight books:
The Book of Ann Arbor: an Extremely Serious History Book by Rich Retyi
Takedown a murder mystery by Jeff Kass
Michigan Moon a photo picture book by Meg Gower
A Monster on Main Street a picture book by Emily Siwek
Light From the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom a memoir by Judy Wenzel
Tales From the Dork Side witty essays by R.J. Fox
Ginger Stands Her Ground a memoir by Virginia Ford
Technical Solace: Poems by Rebeca Biber
Plus the comic Chad Agamemnon: a New Home in Ann Arbor by Carolyn Nowak.