On October 14th, libraries across North America celebrated the second installment of Indie Author Day: a day where aspiring writers, published authors, library professionals, publishers and literary marketers come together to create community around local, independent authors.
This year over 2,000 authors participated in nearly 200 libraries across 40 states and five Canadian provinces. Indie Author Day programming included sponsor-generated videos about self-publishing, book marketing, and genre-specific writing. These provided videos were played over 340 times, with the most views coming from New York, California, Ohio and Florida; the region with the most plays was Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Other IAD events included author discussions, book signings, and even an integrated yoga session!
Over 30 authors participated at Montclair Library in Montclair, New Jersey, including Philip Engsberg>, whose latest offering is a, “self-published a book of silly poetry and illustrations for young readers,” titled There’s A Lot You Can Do When There’s Nothing To Do And Other Short Stories.
“IAD 2017 was a great success, and I’m looking forward to another great one next year,” said Engsberg, who also enjoyed, “a fantastic presentation in PR and digital marketing by Mike Onorato from Smith Publicity.”
Libraries took the opportunity to highlight other writing avenues outside of eBook publishing, like a talk on screenwriting from Justin Wheelon, a multi-Grammy-winning director based in Aiken, South Carolina.
“It was great,” said Wheelon. “The people asked great questions and were super nice. Definitely want to help them however I can!”