October is a big month for festivities—Halloween, we’re looking at you—but there’s one party you absolutely don’t want to miss: Indie Author Day, which this year will take place nationwide on Saturday, October 8th. Why is this a big day? First of all, it’s the day where we celebrate you and all that you do as a self-publishing author. And if you needed a second reason, here’s another: Indie Author Day provides a fantastic opportunity for networking with other authors and partner organizations, as well as a great centerpoint for launching your next promotion or giveaway at your local public library!
Want to know how to get involved? Your first stop should be the official Indie Author Day website (www.indieauthorday.com). There, you can find out if your local library is participating (under the “WHERE” tab) and even get involved in signing yourself and your library up for next year (under the “AUTHOR INQUIRY” and “LIBRARY REGISTRATION” tabs, respectively). The website is chock-full of useful information and tips to get you started.
Perhaps the most important feature of the Indie Author Day website is, however, the “NEWS” tab, where you can find the most up-to-date information on events happening both near and far from you as well as ways for you to watch live streams or take direct part. And don’t dally, if you can help it—some of the opportunities out there have fast-closing deadlines, so it’s worth diving in with both feet right away; there are plenty of how-to resources available through the website as well as elsewhere online (don’t forget about your advocates and your Personal Marketing Assistant at Outskirts Press, for example!) to help you find a foothold.
To top it all off, there will be an online “Digital Gathering” for indie authors, advocates, and fans on October 8th at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). The gathering will feature a Question and Answer session with writers, agents, and other industry leaders that you absolutely won’t want to miss. Libraries hosting Indie Author Day related events will be streaming this gathering, but if you can’t make it in (or if there is no library near you playing host), you can also watch the event on YouTube—live or after the fact, depending on what works for your schedule. As is fitting for an event seeking to advocate for indie and self-publishing authors, the wonderful people behind Indie Author Day do their best to make theirs a flexible, adaptable, and responsive event.
We here at Self Publishing Advisor and our friends over at Outskirts Press will be following the events of Indie Author Day closely. You can follow along as we post more information here and by accessing that all-important Indie Author Day website.
See you at the library!
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