Indie Author Day 2019 is happening again in October and we wanted all our peeps to be in the know. So we asked Alissa Bankowski of BiblioLabs, the company behind it all, to fill us in on this year's event.
This is our fourth-annual Indie Author Day, and it truly does get better every year! Libraries across North America are planning programs to celebrate their local independent and self-published authors all on the same day: Saturday, October 12. Over the past three years, these events have drawn thousands of authors and hundreds of libraries across North America, 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 2019 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 on the Indie Author Day website.
If you don’t see your library there, reach out and let them know they should participate.
What Should I Expect From Indie Author Day?
It all depends on your library and what they plan to do for that day. 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, but not limited to:
- Author panels
- Book signings
- Book readings
- Open mics
- Writing workshops
- Education forums
- Informational film viewings
- And more!
One of the highlights of this year’s Indie Author Day is the selection of short workshop videos from our sponsors. These videos cover a variety of topics that range from book cover design to manuscript editing and beyond.
Attendees will also have access to free brochures, pamphlets, and guides on writing, publishing, marketing, and more.
How Do I Get Involved in Indie Author Day 2019?
Again, the events and schedules are up to each individual library, but letting them know you’re interested and want to be involved is the first step. We recommend reaching out to them directly to see how you can be involved, but you can also fill out an author inquiry on our website in case we have libraries wanting more information on local authors (matching is not guaranteed).
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 #IndieAuthorDay2019 to give us a shout out and show your support!
Alissa Bankowski is the Brand Manager at BiblioLabs, the creators of BiblioBoard, Indie Author Project, and Indie Author Day and has been working with authors and public libraries for the better part of a decade.
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