Indie Author Day

Registration is Open! Join us on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mark your calendars! The second annual Indie Author Day will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Registration is now officially open! We’re excited to make this event even better than the first, and we’re extremely grateful to all of the communities and libraries that help make this possible!

Interested in finding out which libraries have upcoming author events?

Join our second free webinar, “Making the Most of Indie Author Day,” on Thursday, April 27 at 3pm EDT / 12pm PT.

Planning for Indie Author Day 2017 has officially begun! Across the world, libraries big and small are busy preparing for the second annual day to celebrate their local writing communities. Whether you’re brainstorming breakout sessions, developing a marketing strategy or interested in learning more about Indie Author Day, this webinar will answer your questions and help you organize a strong approach to make October 14th a success.

In addition to the Indie Author Day team, featured speakers will include key Indie Author Day sponsor IngramSpark and innovative librarians from the United States and Canada who coordinated outstanding Indie Author Day events in 2016. There are just 10 days left before this webinar, so register soon for the chance to learn how to make the most of your library’s big day!

Topics covered during this webinar will include:

Developing effective marketing practices
Tailoring your event programming
Reaching diverse audiences
Continuing to support your local authors year-round
And more!

Moderated by

Porter Anderson
Editor-in-Chief
Publishing Perspectives

Featured Panelists

Jeffrey Fisher
Studio Services Manager, Studio 300
Fountaindale Public Library

Katherine Gibson
Associate Manager, Enterprise Square Branch
Edmonton Public Library

John Daquino
Information Specialist
Montclair Public Library

Robin Cutler
Director
IngramSpark


Our first complimentary webinar, entitled “Evidence for Indies: Exploring the Library Journal Self-Published Book Survey Report,” is available on-demand!

“Evidence for Indies” dives into Library Journal’s groundbreaking Self-Published Book Survey Report, a first-of-its-kind study that examines the relationship between public libraries and self-published books. Librarians and authors who participated in the inaugural Indie Author Day come together to discuss the report’s implications on matters ranging from self-published book acquisition to programming for local writers. Chockablock with insightful information, this webinar appeals to librarians, as well as indie and self-published authors.


On October 8, 2016, nearly 300 libraries across North America invited thousands of local writers in their communities to join them for a day of celebration and inspiration devoted to indie authors. During the inaugural Indie Author Day, libraries big and small hosted events where local authors connected, networked, shared experiences and offered advice to one another, while also featuring locally-written books to library patrons in their communities. Libraries can continue to find new ways to support and serve indie authors with our upcoming webinars and events that will be ongoing throughout the year.

When libraries across the U.S. and Canada came together to support local writers for Indie Author Day 2016, authors were able to make crucial connections in their communities. Check out what libraries did to celebrate indie publishing below. Or, check out our gallery to see all of the images that have been shared with us so far.

Los Angeles Public Library’s Indie Author Day

LAPL offered presentations from industry leaders such as IBPA CEO Angela Bole and City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library John Szabo. The audience also heard and participated in Q&A with respected authors in the community such as best-selling author Maggie Marr.

Indie Author Conference & Showcase

Cuyahoga County Public Library’s free event promoted local authors who could sign and sell books and offered presentations and workshops for writers in the community.

Debbi Mack at Harford County Public Library

Harford County Public Library invited bestselling author Debbi Mack to speak and sign books at their SELF-e launch event.

BiblioTech's Indie Creator Day

Bexar County’s digital library, BiblioTech, hosted an educational event for their authors offering a presentation and Q&A session for dozens of attendees.

Victoria Noe at Local Author Event

SELF-e Ambassador Victoria Noe signed books alongside other local authors at her public library’s book signing event.

54 Things at 54 Olmsted

Author Dina Santorelli signs books at Scarsdale Public Library’s National Library Week event, which offered 54 different community engagement programs throughout the week.

More Ways to Connect

Interested in learning about more ways to connect with your local indie writing community year-round? With our upcoming webinar series, blog posts and more, the Indie Author Day team has what you need to support local authorship all year long.