Virginia Beach Public Library Adds Self-Publishing Tool to Online Resources

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Just in time for National Novel Writing Month (November), Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) has launched a do-it-yourself publishing tool, FastPencil for Libraries. With a Virginia Beach Public Library card, local writers can access FastPencil from the library’s website and create original works. They can also choose to publish their work as e-books for others to download from VBPL and libraries worldwide. VBPL is the first in Virginia and one of 14 libraries in the country so far to make FastPencil available to its customers. 

“Libraries everywhere are filled with people who dream of publishing their novels, plays, poetry, short stories, fan fiction, family histories and memoirs,” said Rich Freese, president and CEO of Recorded Books, FastPencil’s parent company. “FastPencil for Libraries makes that possible.”


“FastPencil provides exciting opportunities for local authors and aspiring writers of all ages and interests,” said Eva Poole, director of Virginia Beach Public Library.  “We’re thrilled to be one of the first libraries to make this service available to our residents.”

Writers may create new projects in FastPencil or upload existing manuscripts, choosing from a variety of formatting templates and designs. There’s also an online community for writers who choose to share and receive feedback from others. For more details and to begin using FastPencil at Virginia Beach Public Library, visit


About Virginia Beach Public Library

A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music and magazines in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, as well as movies, music, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit for more information.