Must-see webinar: “I’m Indie You”

Now includes full Q&A transcript! You asked, we answered. Available FREE on-demand.


The indie book movement is here to stay, and libraries are quickly becoming a central part of it.

Leaders at Library Journal (LJ), SELF-e and Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) joined forces with Publishing Perspectives’ Editor-in-Chief Porter Anderson and a Los Angeles-based SELF-e author to expound on proven ways that libraries can engage with their local author community.

Click to watch the full webinar for free, or read on for our short recap.

Why Use SELF-e?

Reviews Director of Library Journal and School Library Journal Kiera Parrott notes that SELF-e curates the best local books, and makes them easily available for both librarians and patrons. Because SELF-e features ebooks, there are no barriers like finding shelf space or dealing with missing books.

LAPL’s Acquisitions Manager, Catherine Royalty, trusts SELF-e’s selective curation process to identify quality local authors, and she collaborates with them on projects like NaNoWriMo Come Write In writing groups and the Local Author Spotlight series, which features author interviews.

L.A.-based indie author, Darcy Fray, remarks that being involved with SELF-e has gained her books recognition by distinguishing them from the millions of other ebooks that are released each year.

Why Participate in Indie Author Day?

The Indie Author Day team’s lead strategist, Allie McKinney, explains that the idea for Indie Author Day originally sprung from SELF-e’s mission to connect libraries, authors and readers, then expanded into the international event it is today. The event is unique in that it maintains a distinctly local feel for each library, while also facilitating global connections through the digital Q&A with publishing and library industry experts.

Both libraries hosting events and authors attending them will leave having gained valuable connections and information. Indie Author Day is a fantastic opportunity for authors to learn about new avenues of writing and publishing, and to connect with other local creatives involved in the publishing industry. At the same time, the event can help librarians find previously-undiscovered local talent, and strengthen a crucial relationship with their local writing communities.

Sneak Peek at Some Questions We've Answered

  1. What exactly is an “Indie Author”?
  2. What’s the best way for me to find people to attend and present at my event?
  3. How can I promote my Indie Author Day event and get people to attend?
  4. Is Indie Author Day only for authors, or should I invite readers and new writers as well?

Fun and informative, this 30-minute webinar, featuring four panelists and moderator Porter Anderson, is available on-demand, and now includes a full transcript of the Q&A session. In this transcript, you will find responses to all 35+ questions that were asked by webinar attendees, including those that were not answered during the 30-minute live Q&A session.

To download the Q&A transcript as a PDF, please click the green Resources button while you are watching the webinar.

If you’re a librarian who would like an easy solution for supporting local writers, we invite you to spend 30 minutes and watch “I’m Indie You—Proven ways to engage your local writing community.”


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