SELF-e_IndieAuthorDay_Logo_v2Hundreds of Libraries and Thousands of Indie Authors Across North America will participate in the first annual Indie Author Day!

Mark your calendars! Libraries across North America will host local events for the first annual Indie Author Day on October 8, 2016, and will then come together at 2 pm Eastern for a digital gathering that will offer inspiration, information and advice for authors from publishing industry specialists. This event will bring the indie writing community together through the library system both physically and digitally.

As indie publishing continues to gain ground, there are many authors who are still struggling to find their footing in the publishing world and get discovered. By working with their local library to build an audience within their communities, authors are able to find local fans that will help carry them to greater renown. Through Indie Author Day, libraries are encouraged to support their local writers and authors are driven to make that crucial connection with the libraries in their communities.

“Participating in Indie Author Day helps libraries of all types and sizes leverage their expertise to connect their communities with unique titles and authors that they may not otherwise read. It provides the perfect opportunity for all of us to join together to position libraries as the go-to place to discover the next great read,” said Dee Brennan, Executive Director of Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).

And now, with all of the tools and guidance now available in libraries and beyond including SELF-e, Pressbooks Public, BookLife, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and more, libraries are in a better position than ever before to truly make an impact in the lives and careers of local writers. As the self publishing and indie industries grow, writers who might not have been discovered through traditional channels are able to get their voices heard.


IBPA CEO Angela Bole

“Publishing your own work is more viable today than ever before and the Independent Book Publishers Association is honored to support those who choose this entrepreneurial path,” said Angela Bole, IBPA CEO. “Indie Author Day will provide a chance to discuss publishing options, learn best practices and celebrate successes with a tribe of forward thinking writers, publishers and librarians.”

With a growing list of partners including IBPA, Publishers Weekly’s BookLife, Library Journal’s SELF-e, Pressbooks Public, RAILS, Massachusetts Library System (MLS), Soon to Be Famous, Where Writers Win and BiblioLabs, libraries and authors participating in Indie Author Day will gain support from all walks of the book publishing industry.

Library Journal is proud to be involved in helping libraries engage their local writing communities and help them find the best indie books,” said David Greenough, General Manager & Group Publisher of Library Journal. “Over the past three years, we’ve seen this movement grow and evolve, and Indie Author Day will be the first instance of bringing this whole community together on one day to raise awareness of self-published books and demonstrate its place as a vibrant part of the publishing ecosystem.”

“We expect over 400 libraries to participate in the first year of this annual event, which is pretty amazing”. – Mitchell Davis, BiblioLabs


Bibliolabs’ Mitchell Davis

“We have been amazed at the level of engagement so far,” said BiblioLabs founder and CBO Mitchell Davis. “Over 70 libraries have already signed up to host local events even before the site has launched and the official announcement has gone out. We expect over 400 libraries to participate in the first year of this annual event, which is pretty amazing. Indie Author Day comprises a super group of partners and is an inspiring project to be a part of.”

“Behind most great authors is a great local library, which is why is excited to be part of Indie Author Day. BookLife offers terrific resources for indie authors, including free Publishers Weekly reviews, but there is no substitute for the type live, in-the-flesh community and support a great library provides,” said Carl Pritzkat, VP Business Development at Publishers Weekly.

Many of the partners will have staff participating in local events at their own libraries. The details on who will be featured in the digital panel presentation that will take place at 2 pm EST on Indie Author Day will be announced mid-June. This panel of industry experts will offer insights on the publishing industry to participating libraries and authors.

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5 thoughts on “Thousands of Indie Authors Can Participate in the 1st Annual Indie Author Day!

  • May 31, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Great news. I’ll definitely want to be part of this. One thing that would be helpful is a post or two about the best digital platform to for books to be accepted by the library. And also details like your book being in Kindle Select. Good or bad? In a sense to prepare for this great indie event. My books are also in book form. I’m very fortunate to have one of my historical novels in a book club kit at my local library. I hope this event will also lead to library getting my novels in book form into systems around the country.

    • May 31, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Good ideas, Janet and we’ll see if LJ or Self-E can speak to those issues!

    • June 1, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Hi Janet,

      These are wonderful, thoughtful questions! There are certainly lots of options for indie authors to get their books into their local libraries, so it’s important for authors to talk to librarians about what those options are. It’s great that your library has your novels in a book club kit. I hope, as you do, that your library will host an Indie Author Day event! You can check to see if your library is registered as an Indie Author Day host here: If it isn’t, let us know, and we’ll reach out to them!

      SELF-e is a platform for ebook discovery that connects local authors with their libraries. Authors submit their book to SELF-e, and it then joins a collection of other books written by authors in that state (Washington, in your case). It’s also reviewed by Library Journal. This gives it the chance to become a SELF-e Select book, which means that Library Journal chose it as being of exceptional quality. So SELF-e builds an author’s readership from the ground up, so to speak — starting right in your local library. There’s also an annual SELF-e contest, the winners of which receive a cash prize and recognition from Library Journal. (Here’s more info, if you’re interested:

      KDP Select is exclusive, so it’s neither good nor bad. It’s just a choice that authors make. A key difference between SELF-e and KDP Select is that while you’re in KDP Select, you can’t submit your book anywhere else. But SELF-e allows authors to submit elsewhere.

      Thanks for your questions, and best of luck with your writing!

  • May 31, 2016 at 10:33 am

    in your promo for indie author day. you quote a library journal executive about how much LJ believes in this event. However, the words are hollow. In my case, I have a book out now, FRACKING AMERICA, that has major endorsements. It is also well-done in typography, design, and production; it also had two peer reviews and is (modestly I say) well-written and well-researched. (I am a prof. emeritus who taught public affairs reporting, feature writing, and publication editing and publishing.) LJ did not even review the book (my 20th; several from univ. presses) At least a BAD review would indicate it cared enough/ LJ is not alone—PW, Kirkus, and Choice also didn’t review. (Choice had previously given two of my books “Outstanding Book” honors. BUT, these were from univ. presses.) Again, in all modesty, this book is one of my best—but it also explores a lot of controversy. (It also has a detailed index and extensive end notes, as well as significant ORIGINAL RESEARCH.) So, please explained how LJ can say it supports indie authors??
    walt brasch

    • May 31, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Hi Walter, thanks for weighing in on this. I do know PW and Kirkus have paid options for indie authors, and these can be submitted post publication. LJ doesn’t to my knowledge and so yes, MUCH tougher to get on their reviewed list because they’re pitched hundreds of thousands of titles and obviously publish fewer than that. They do have stringent guidelines for submission, including submitting far in advance of publication. Did you follow those guidelines? (They’re at for reference). They do allow for post-publication reviews if you’re submitting to a particular columnist (also described nearer the bottom of that link).

      LJ’s whole Self-E program, built in conjunction with Bibliolabs (Mitchell Davis, creator of original BookSurge that became CreateSpace), is very much about exposing indie authors to library patrons. It’s definitely difficult jostling for position in this ever-increasing marketplace, but hopefully as the program is fine-tuned it will provide for the cream of titles such as your own to rise to the top?

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