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Illinois Authors Directory Definitions, Eligibility and Profile Guidelines

Illinois authors have made and continue to make a significant impact on the literary world. The Illinois Center for the Book was established to preserve the Illinois literary legacy and foster an appreciation of our rich literary heritage, past and present.

The purpose of the Illinois Authors Directory is to develop a vast and comprehensive resource about Illinois authors; highlighting their published books and bringing the authors greater visibility. The Illinois Authors Directory is just one way the Illinois Center for the Book actively fulfills its mission: Illinois Center for the Book: Nurturing and connecting readers and writers, and honoring our rich literary heritage. For information about the other projects of the Illinois Center for the Book, please go to its site.

Definition of an author

An author is considered to be a writer, illustrator or photographer who has published a book with an ISBN.

Eligibility for the Illinois Author Directory

An author may be eligible to be included in the Illinois Authors Directory if he or she meets at least one of the following Illinois connections:

  • The author is or has been a resident of Illinois.
  • The author writes about Illinois subjects of interest – Abraham Lincoln, Chicago Cubs, flowers of Illinois, etc.
  • The author writes about Illinois, either actual places or fictional places specifically set in Illinois.

When submitting information, please include brief biographical information that shows the Illinois Connection of the author.

Items INELIGIBLE for the Published Works and Selected Titles at Your Library section.

The purpose of the Illinois Authors Directory is to highlight published books written specifically by Illinois authors. The following items are not considered eligible:
  • Article publications in journals or periodicals.
  • Thesis dissertations, archival material or unpublished materials.
  • Plays or screenplays.
  • Musical works.
  • Audio-visual, electronic, digital or other non-print works not also produced and sold in print.
  • Government documents.
  • Edited or transcribed books.
  • Chapbooks.
  • Anthologies – published books in which the author is a contributor of an article, literary work or chapter to a book with multiple contributors.
  • Books without ISBNs

Book Title Guidelines

Book titles and graphics for the Selected Titles At Your Library section are retrieved from online sources via the supplied ISBN.

ONLY one ISBN will be listed for each book. Hardcover ISBNs are always selected first. If there is not a hardcover, the paperback ISBN will be listed. If there is more than one ISBN for the same book title in the same format, at the time of the profile creation, the ISBN of the most current printing will be listed.

Authors who live or have lived in Illinois will have all book titles listed in their author profiles.

Authors who have NOT lived in Illinois will only have those book titles listed in their author profiles that take place in or are about an Illinois subject of interest.

Author Name Guidelines

Authors are to be listed by their legal name. Pen names are listed separately in the General Information section.