Yes, Virginia, There Really Is an Indie Author Day

Indie Author Day LogoStarting out as an indie author, you might feel like there is a monumental task ahead of you and you are facing it alone. As an indie author with some miles beneath your fingers, you now know there is a whole community of other authors willing to support you in your quest. That’s a nice feeling.

Then why does it seem we are the minority? With thousands and thousands of indie authors out there – what is missing? There is power in numbers – and we have the numbers. And now, the good folks at Indie Author Day are helping us to mobilize our numbers and make them count for something. So why aren’t you signed up??

It’s easy to get involved with Indie Author Day – and it’s all FREE for authors. If you’ve read Melissa Bowersock’s introductory Indie Author Day article that ran this morning, she gives us the basics. After going through the author inquiry process myself, I thought maybe those of you who have yet to sign up might like to know some of the perks of using the form on the IAD site. Here they are:

  1. IAD will send you the email address for the contact at your library. You don’t even have to look anything up!
  2. IAD will also supply you with a template email which you may use to contact your library, making it pretty easy.
  3. When you contact your library, you CC the library coordinator at IAD, and he or she will also contact the library so you will have an “official” advocate.
  4. If your library doesn’t end up participating, IAD will contact you and let you know about other libraries in your area where you can participate.
  5. Even if things don’t work out for this year, using the form will get you and your library in the queue for next year!

So, be sure to check and see if your library is already participating, and if it’s not, make sure to use the Indie Author Day signup form to get involved. It could be the beginning of a long and wonderful relationship between you and your library.

Again, there is power in numbers. Let’s flex our muscles and make Indie Author Day a huge success.

Author: K.S. Brooks

K.S. Brooks is an award-winning novelist, photographer, and photo-journalist, author of over 30 titles, and executive director and administrator of Indies Unlimited. Brooks is currently a photo-journalist and chief copy editor for two NE Washington newspapers.  She teaches self-publishing and writing topics for the Community Colleges of Spokane, and served on the Indie Author Day advisory board. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit her website and her Amazon author page.

12 thoughts on “Yes, Virginia, There Really Is an Indie Author Day”

  1. Hello

    Very useful idea. If you can extend your scheme to UK libraries I will shine your shoes. If only virtually.



    1. Hi Alan, I suggest you fill out the form anyway so the folks at IAD know there is interest in the UK. I’m sure they would love for it to go global. 🙂

  2. Thank you for this, Kat! I wasted no time in filling out the form for my library. Just another great perk from you and all the hard-working, dedicated people at Indies Unlimited. SO grateful!

  3. So glad to hear about this and to see that Canadian libraries are participating. I just contacted the Vancouver Public Library; this event is not listed yet on their site because it is in the planning process. They were thrilled to hear from an interested indie author and will get back to me with details. Thank you! You made my day!

  4. This is a superb idea. I wish it operated in UK as well as the USA. We could do with something to wake up our British libraries to what Indie writers produce.
    Great initiative, I hope you get lots of takers. 🙂

  5. Am I allowed to use the sign-up form multiple times? One of the libraries in my area is participating, but there are also a lot of other local libraries not on the list. We have a number of branch libraries in my city, and then other libraries in the surrounding towns.

    1. I would say only use the form for the library that you yourself are intending to participate with. I’ll check in with the IAD people to find out about the rest of your question. Thanks for commenting!

    2. Thanks so much for asking, Carrie-Anne. Rather than submitting multiple entries on the form, it would be more helpful if you included a list of other libraries you might want to notify about the event on one form entry, with a note on which you’d prefer to get involved with.

      Or, if you have other author friends in the area who might be able to participate in the other events if those libraries sign on, having them submit a request would be more effective since part of the draw for these libraries to participate is knowing that they already have a local author who would be able to get involved in the event.

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