We invited Emilie back for a quick rundown on the upcoming Indie Author Day 2016, an exciting event that BookWorks is co-sponsoring, among other notables in the self-publishing sphere. If this is the first time you're hearing about it, please check out her original informative post.
The Ultimate Indie Author Day Checklist
If you’re an indie author, you’ve probably heard the news by now. Nearly 300 libraries and thousands of authors across North America are gearing up for the inaugural Indie Author Day event on October 8. With just over a week left before the big day, there’s still time to prepare. Since writers are used to crossing their t’s and dotting their i’s, here is the ultimate checklist to help you get organized before the celebrations kick off.
First thing’s first: locate your nearest participating library. Events are happening in 46 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces, in tiny towns and major cities alike. No library is too big or small to host an event, so be sure to check if there’s one nearby. No matter where you go, you’ll meet with other local authors for the chance to exchange ideas, insights and accomplishments.
✓ Spread the Word
Once you find the event you’re going to attend, encourage other authors you know to join you. Reaching out to local media is another great way to attract attention, and it’s easy with downloadable press releases available on the Indie Author Day website’s Hosting an Event section. The more authors that come out to your local event, the better. Not only will more of the indie writing community benefit from the day’s panels, presentations and workshops, the greater your newfound support network will be!
✓ Tune in to the Live Digital Q&A
In addition to bouncing ideas off of writers in your community, you’ll also have access to a stellar lineup of experts in the library and publishing fields. Each local event will tune in for an hour-long digital Q&A session moderated by Jon Fine, best known for his longtime role as Amazon’s Director of Author and Publisher Relations. Joining him to answer your questions will be featured panelists Robin Cutler of IngramSpark, Kiera Parrott of Library Journal, award-winning indie author L. Penelope and Library Journal mover & shaker Jim Blanton. Best of all, you can sit back and enjoy this digital discussion knowing that you can return to it to refresh your memory and find new inspiration any time after Indie Author Day!
✓ Snap, Tag & Share Your Favorite Indie Author Day Moments
The live digital panel isn’t the only thing that will bring together all Indie Author Day attendees from across North America. Sharing your favorite moments from your event will, too. Whether you post a candid pre-event action shot on Twitter or a perfectly-posed photograph on Facebook, we look forward to seeing all varieties of pictures. Be sure to tag Indie Author Day and use the hashtag #AuthorDay16 to share your memories with other members of the indie writing community!
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 is also the founder of Books Unbound, a literacy program for incarcerated teens in South Carolina. She lives with her husband and their two bossy dogs, and is a patron of the Charleston County Public Library.
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