Calling all indie authors! We're pleased to announce a nationwide event that, literally, has your name written all over it. Indie Author Day 2016 is happening on October 8th and you're not going to want to miss it.
Emilie Hancock, Content and Media Editor of BiblioLabs/BiblioBoard and their partners Library Journal/Self-e, gives us the scoop on the event, along with ways you can participate and help make it a huge success.
Take it away, Emilie...
As the indie book movement continues to develop, authors are constantly looking for ways to reach new audiences. Through a ton of hard work and a bit of luck, indies have been making their way onto the shelves—and into the hearts—of new readers. Their successes are largely due to strong support systems provided both in their local communities and across a global network. The first annual Indie Author Day, set for October 8th, takes that powerhouse duo and runs with it.
What Is Indie Author Day?
Indie Author Day is a one-day, all-out occasion for local authors, libraries and publishing industry experts to celebrate, educate and collaborate. Libraries across North America will host local events, then come together at 2pm EST for a digital gathering that will offer inspiration, information and advice for authors. It’s a chance for the indie writing community to unite through library systems both physically and digitally, and an opportunity to meet, network, make friends and form business partnerships.
What Kinds of Events Will There Be?
Besides the aforementioned digital presentation, which will bring together all participating libraries, each library will hold its own local event. These can include, but are not limited to, an author panel featuring traditional, hybrid and self-published authors from the community; presentations from local indie authors about writing, marketing and more; book readings and/or signings from local authors; presentations from local industry leaders; writing workshops and informative presentations and workshops about tools available to the writing community through the library.
Why at the Library?
Libraries are magical places—or, as the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform campaign likes to call them, maker-spaces. As their traditional role transcends being warehouses for books, we see them increasingly becoming havens for creative minds in the community. A plethora of tools and guidance are now available in libraries and beyond, placing libraries in a better position than ever to make a genuine impact in the lives and careers of local writers. As the self-publishing and indie industries grow, writers who may not have been discovered through traditional channels are able to get their voices heard.
Who’s on Board?
So far, over 200 libraries have registered to be Indie Author Day hosts across the United States and Canada, where several thousand authors are expected to gather. It’s easy for libraries to sign up, and for authors to get their local library on board. In addition, Indie Author Day partners comprise over 20 author and library organizations:
BookWorks - BookBaby - IngramSpark - SELF-e/Library Journal - BookLife - Pressbooks Public - Califa - Rails Libraries - IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Assocation) - IndieReader - Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project - Bibliolabs - Massachusetts Library System - Where Writers Win - No Shelf Required - Author U - Read Local - Written Word Media - Indies Unlimited - Publishers & Writers of San Diego (PWSD)/Publishers & Writers of Orange County (PWOC)
The early and general deadlines have already passed, but libraries still have until the final deadline on September 1st to become an Indie Author Day host. Authors who want to attend events but don’t see that their library is participating can inform the Indie Author Day team. Authors and libraries who already know they’ll be involved can keep up with the latest news on the Indie Author Day website and by following or tweeting with the hashtag #AuthorDay16.
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Emilie Hancock is a Content and Media Editor at BiblioLabs, the creators of BiblioBoard, the PatronsFirst™ digital library that partners with Library Journal for the SELF-e program. She lives with her husband and their two bossy dogs, and is a patron of the Charleston County Public Library.