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2017 Indie Author Day Gears Up

My table at the 2016 Indie Author Day October 8, 2016 Anaheim Main Library, Anaheim, CA



Thanks to my friend Melissa Guzzetta, author of Private Lucky,​ for notifying me of the Indie Author Day webinar , Evidence for Indies, presented on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Somehow I missed seeing the announcement, but thankfully I jumped on just as it was starting.

The panel of four was made up of the following:

  • Kiera Parrott, reviews director for ​School Library Journal and ​Library Journal and a former children’s librarian
  • Carla Sarratt, Virtual Services Librarian with New Hanover County Public Library
  • Carl Pritzkat, president of ​BookLife.com​, Publishers Weekly’s website dedicated to indie authors
  • K. S. Brooks, an award-winning author and photographer administrator for the superblog IndiesUnlimited.com and member of the Indie Author Day advisory boardRead more about the panel from their biographies on the pdf EvidenceforIndiesWebinar-Bios

The second annual Indie Author Day has been set for Saturday, October 14, 2017, and a few libraries are already making plans.  The organizers plan to have other webinars and encourage libraries to host events throughout the year to help indie authors learn and follow best practices for indie publishing.

While they confessed that libraries have been not always been open to self-published books, the attitude has changed as indie authors are becoming more professional. It also helps that highly successful best-selling indie authors such as Hugh Howell and JA Konrath  have freely shared their journeys and advocated for authors. Check out their websites of these two successful authors for loads of encouragement and guidance.

The speakers encouraged indie authors to approach your local library, but be sure you’re talking to the decision maker. They reminded us that a library’s decision to invest in a book are based on many things, but they strongly rely on reviews from respected third party sources.

I’m not sure the Evidence for Indies webinar was recorded, but they provided a download of the slideshow. Download it here Evidence for Indies Slideshow

Visit http://indieauthorday.com/ to learn more about what’s shaping up for 2017. They will need our support and involvement, so please offer your ideas as they request on the site, and by all means, approach your local library to encourage them to participate.

In the meantime, read the post below to see what authors from last year’s Indie Author Day had to say about their participation.

Indie Authors Have More to Love at the Library: Transformation

Five Inventive, Creative, and Gutsy Indie Authors Show Publishing Muscle

Hank and Lola at Private Lucky launch

A revolution is taking place in the publishing industry and indie authors are at the forefront. No longer satisfied to be confined or defined by others, writers eager to share their stories and lives with readers are finding creative, profitable and fun ways to express themselves. But don’t cross them. They aren’t afraid of speaking out when they’ve been wronged either. Here are five examples.

First Self-Published Bookstore Opens In U.S. Giving Unknown Writers a Platform

Caitlin White

When you’re a children’s or YA writer, it’s hard to find shelf space beside J.K. Rowling, Veronica Roth, John Green, and other major names in the industry — especially if you’re self-published. Gulf Coast Bookstore in Fort Myers, Florida, hopes to become a haven for local writers, as it opened this month as the first self-published bookstore in the country.

Author Shows Us How to Live the Gutsy Life

Sonia Marsh, author of From Freeways to Flip Flops

After living for a year in Belize that didn’t turn out as her family had hoped, Sonia Marsh returned to the USA,  endured divorce, but once her boys were independent she began reinventing herself.  While continuing to write for her blog and build her craft, she decided to combine her love of travel and language in a London-based Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate program. Although she was turned down when she first applied to the Peace Corps program, she took her mentor’s advice and reapplied immediately. On the very day she completed her TESOL certificate program, she was accepted by the Peace Corps to teach primary education in Lesotho, South Africa. Learn more about this gutsy author at http://soniamarsh.com/

Brave Author Gives Hope and Encouragement to Other Survivors in Town Where It Started

Kathy Pooler, author of Ever Faithful to His Lead

Kathy Pooler, author of Ever Faithful to His Lead, gives hope and encouragement to other survivors, such as when she gave the keynote speech at The Annual Chief’s Tea Domestic Violence Awareness Event in Trenton, Mo. This event was particularly significant because this is the town where she escaped to a basement apartment with her two young children to avoid physical abuse.

I feel very honored to do my part in increasing awareness about domestic abuse. The highlight for me was having an audience member say to me afterwards, “You have told my story. I need to read your book.”

Writers Be Warned: The Case Against Author Solutions (Part 3)

Mick Rooney

Author Solutions preys upon the dreams of authors by selling them expensive services that sound exciting but do not actually sell any books. Their defense: They aren’t being deceptive because they aren’t trying to sell books. Of course, for nearly 200,000 authors who have paid thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars to buy expensive services that promised to promote their books, Author Solutions’s indifference to book sales comes as more than a bit of a surprise.

Celebrating an American Hero Whose Life Lives Up to His Nickname Private Lucky

Story of Life of Hendrik C. Gillebaard (Hank) written by Melissa Guzzetta

Over ten years ago Melissa Guzzetta’s husband began making regular visits to videotape Hank Gillebaard recount his remarkable life with the intent of leaving a video account for his adult children. As Melissa and her husband learned more and more about Hank’s life, they realized that Hank’s story deserved a bigger audience. They decided to turn this amazing story into a book. When the potential of this compelling story escaped traditional publishers, Melissa decided to proceed as an indie author and so began years of interviews, visits to geneaology libraries, extensive research about World War II, aviation, and other relevant topics. The outcome is Private Lucky: One Man’s Unconventional Journey from the Horrors of Nazi Occupation to the Fulfillment of a High-Flying American DreamIn the photo above Melissa sits between Hank on the right and his wife, Lola, on the left at a recent reading.

Do you know an indie author with publishing muscle? Maybe you are one. Tell us about it in the comments.