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Publishing at The Story Center

Published on Tue, 09/03/2019 - 09:22am
Espresso book machine

As many authors know, writing a book is only half the battle. Even after it’s been edited, proofed, and reviewed, sometimes it seems like you’re no closer to a finalized product than when you first started.  Enter The Story Center. Through our variety of publishing options, we can help take you from manuscript to physical book, giving you a chance to hold all your hard work in your hands.

Self-Publishing via the Espresso Book Machine

The most common way authors accomplish this goal is through self-publishing. The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library offers self-publishing services primarily through our Espresso Book Machine.  This state-of-the-art machine can print a perfect glue-bound paperback book in five to seven minutes—the same amount of time it takes to make a cup of coffee (hence its name)!  

Additionally, we offer full-color, staple-bound printing via the Library’s in-house print shop, an ideal option if you’re writing a children’s picture book. Both self-publishing options utilize the same pricing structure: $10/book plus $0.05/page. For more information regarding pricing, printing options, etc., please visit our FAQ page.

Publishing via the Woodneath Press

In addition to self-publishing, The Story Center is home to the award-winning Woodneath Press imprint.  Unlike the above-mentioned self-publishing options, Woodneath Press is a submission-based publisher, and we accept submission proposals that meet our tagline: “Local Author. Local Content.” Our goal is to publish works that are either written by local authors or focused on local content. We’ve published six titles to date, with new publications coming each year. Below is a list of current and upcoming titles:

Though many of our published titles are nonfiction, we’re open to all genres and are excited to publish quality works that our ever-growing, ever-changing community can connect with. In an effort to make the books we choose to publish more accessible to our community, many of our books are available in multiple formats—paperback, hardback, and eBook—as well as on our Library shelves. At Woodneath Press, we strive to celebrate the quality work created in and around Kansas City. For more information regarding the submission process, please visit the Woodneath Press webpage.

To learn more about The Story Center’s publishing options, please visit our website or contact me at or 816.883.4774. 

Dave Burns
The Story Center Publication Manager

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