Indie Author Day

Thank you for an amazing 2017 Indie Author Day! Next year, IAD will be held on October 13, 2018. Registration opens in January.

Mark your calendars! The third annual Indie Author Day will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

On this one day, libraries around the world welcome their local indie authors in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels and much more! While programs are supported by key Indie Author Day sponsors — all of which are leaders in the publishing industry — each library’s event has a distinctly local flair.

We’re proud to offer free registration to all participating libraries!

Interested in finding out which libraries have upcoming author events?

Now Available On-Demand: “Making the Most of Indie Author Day”

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 features insightful and practical advice from librarians who hosted stellar events last year. In addition, the Indie Author Day team and key Indie Author Day sponsor IngramSpark share details about specific support they’ll be providing to all libraries that host events.

As an added bonus, download our free guide to planning a successful Indie Author Day.


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.

Ready to register your library for this year’s Indie Author Day?

More Ways to Connect

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