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Indie Author Day: Librarians and authors sound off on the benefits of participating

In anticipation of Indie Author Day 2017, to take place on October 14, this article will summarize what I found after speaking with several librarians and an author who had participated in Indie Author Day last October.

Four themes emerged:

  • The Indie Author Day name sends too narrow a message
  • Libraries need to do more, and earlier, promotion to bring in readers as well as authors
  • The most successful aspect of Indie Author Day was networking among the authors. In one case, this resulted in the founding of a writers group at a library.
  • …and what about paying the authors for the books?

Mel Parish, the author who organized Eastchester Public Library’s Indie Author Day 2016 spoke to me at length about her experiences with it. 

“It was good to get together with other authors,” she said. However, the name of the event conveyed the message that it was a day for authors, and not for  readers (and book purchasers). 

Calling it Indie Author Day sends the message that it is a day for authors, rather than for readers, so it attracts authors. At Eastchester, several of the people in the audience were actually either writing books or planning to, and they wanted to learn more about how to become an indie author. It wasn’t clear that the event was for readers as well as for authors, so people thought that it was especially for authors who hoped to get their books into public libraries, which can be difficult, since librarians see being published by one of the Big Five as the stamp of approval for a book, and they won’t buy books from the smaller independent presses or from indie authors. 

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Info on who is speaking on Indie Author Day (and reminder there is still time for libraries to sign up)

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Since the announcement of the Indie Author Day (set for October 8th), 260 (and counting) libraries have signed up to participate. The event is designed to bring local writing communities together in their libraries to participate in panels, book readings and signings, workshops, and presentations. Then, at 2 p.m. EST everyone is invited to join a virtual panel featuring the following experts:

Moderator

Jon Fine, a First Amendment attorney, is best known in the publishing industry as the longtime Director of Author and Publisher Relations for Amazon. He left that position at the beginning of 2015 after almost a decade with the company, and now is consulting in professional online and traditional media and e-commerce, both in legal and business affairs.]

Panelists

Robin Cutler began her career in publishing over 30 years ago and is currently the Director of IngramSpark. She has also served as Assistant Director at USC Press and Executive Director of University Relations at the University of Wisconsin, she started a trade imprint, SummerHouse Press, and served as its CEO. Robin most recently worked as Vendor Manager for Amazon/CreateSpace. Robin has broad knowledge of indie, academic and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation and distribution, on-demand models, marketing and author strategies. Robin is a leader in the independent publishing space, and when not developing new programs and services for IngramSpark, she can often be found sharing her expertise at industry events around the world.

Kiera Parrott is the Reviews Director for School Library Journal and Library Journal. Through SELF-e, Library Journal is helping indie authors to get discovered in the library. Prior to working at Library Journal, Kiera was children’s librarian in various roles including head of children’s services at Darien Library in Connecticut, Darien’s children’s librarian / collection development coordinator and a children’s librarian at New York Public Library. Kiera’s favorite books are the ones that make her cry — or snort — on public transportation.

Jim Blanton was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Upon graduating from U.K. in 2000 with his M.L.S., Jim went to work for the Chesapeake Public Library in Chesapeake, Virginia where he served in a variety of roles including Assistant Director. He was a two-time recipient of the Virginia Public Library Director’s award for Outstanding Adult Program of the Year, received the VPLD award for Outstanding Young Adult program and was also named by Library Journal as a 2012 Mover and Shaker for his work on a financial literacy game called Save Steve.

L. Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is the author of new adult, fantasy and paranormal romance with characters who match the real world. Her debut novel, Song of Blood & Stone, won the 2016 Self-Publishing eBook Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Learn more about L. Penelope and her books on her website.

Is your library participating in (and supporting) Indie Author Day? These organizations and libraries are.

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A big event is on the horizon this Fall. And NSR is proud (and honored) to be part of it (as a media supporter), especially since it is centered around libraries and reading and, most importantly, the idea that libraries must remain the places that encourage reading above all else. NSR is also the advocate for quality indie publishing, and this event is all about encouraging libraries to support and promote the work of authors from their local communities. The event is called Indie Author Day and here’s what it’s about:

Libraries across North America will host events on October 8th, 2016, designed to bring local writing communities together in their libraries to participate in author panels, book readings and signings, workshops, and presentations. Then, at 2 pm EST everyone is invited to join a digital gathering featuring Q&A with writers, agents, and industry leaders that will bring together the larger indie community. More information about Indie Author Day 2016 is available on its official site. Continue reading Is your library participating in (and supporting) Indie Author Day? These organizations and libraries are.

First Annual Indie Author Day to take place October 8, 2016

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Mark your calendars. This sounds like a great event in support of those who create and write independently, with libraries and librarians placed right at the center of their communities, where they belong. Also, a reminder to our readers, NSR now provides reviews of self-published books each Wednesday in partnership with Blue Ink Review.

From a press release sent to NSR:

On October 8th, 2016, libraries across North America will host local events for the first annual Indie Author Day, and will then come together at 2 pm Eastern for a digital gathering that will offer inspiration, information and advice for authors from publishing industry specialists. This event will bring the indie writing community together through the library system both physically and digitally.

As indie publishing continues to gain ground, there are many authors who are still struggling to find their footing in the publishing world and get discovered. By working with their local library to build an audience within their communities, authors are able to find local fans that will help carry them to greater renown. Through Indie Author Day, libraries are encouraged to support their local writers and authors are driven to make that crucial connection with the libraries in their communities. See which libraries have signed up to participate here. Continue reading First Annual Indie Author Day to take place October 8, 2016