—Guest Post by Emilie Hancock of BiblioLabs—
Did you catch the first annual Indie Author Day last year? Well, this year promises to be even better! As a sponsor, we wanted to extend an invitation to Indie Author Day 2017 and fill you in on what's coming. Here to tell you all about it is Emilie Hancock of BiblioLabs/SELF-e, the hosts of the event...
Indie Author Day 2017 is officially underway! Libraries across the United States, Canada, and even the United Kingdom are planning programs to celebrate their local independent and self-published authors all on the same day: Saturday, October 14. Our inaugural event last year drew thousands of authors to hundreds of libraries, and we’re hoping that this year will be even bigger and better! If you’re looking to mingle, network, teach or learn with fellow writers and publishing professionals in your area, there’s no better guilt-free excuse to step away from your manuscript for a few hours.
Where is Indie Author Day Happening?
Indie Author Day events will be hosted at public libraries worldwide. See if a library near you is participating by checking out the Where page of the Indie Author Day 2017 website.
If you don’t see your library there, let us know by filling out our Author Inquiry form.
What Will Indie Author Day 2017 Be Like?
It all depends on your library and literary scene’s local flavor. Libraries have the freedom to plan their events according to what best suits their author communities. Many libraries have a mix of several breakout sessions with each session dedicated to particular themes or activities, including:
- Author panels
- Book signings
- Book readings
- Open mics
- Writing workshops
- Education forums
- Informational film viewings
- And more!
One of the highlights of Indie Author Day 2017 will be a selection of short workshop videos. Each video will be produced in partnership with key publishing industry leaders including IngramSpark, Romance Writers of America, Indies Unlimited, Independent Book Publishers Association, Pressbooks, SelfPubBookCovers and more on topics ranging from book cover design to manuscript editing to genre writing.
Libraries can choose to show specific videos as part of their event’s programming, or they can set up a video workshop viewing station.
Attendees will also have access to free brochures, pamphlets, and guides on writing, publishing, marketing and more.
How Can I Get Involved?
Whether you want to attend an event, sign copies of your books or be a featured speaker, presenter, or panelist, simply tell the Indie Author Day team what you would like to do. Fill out our Author Inquiry form, and we’ll relay your interest to your indicated library. If you are chosen by a library to be a featured author, you can visit the Indie Author Day website to access free marketing materials like press releases, social media posts, and logos.
Of course, one of the easiest ways for anyone to get involved is to raise awareness and share your enthusiasm on social media. Use the hashtag #IndieAuthorDay to give us a shout out and show your support!
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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