Bette A. Stevens Signing Books at Waterville Public Library on Indie Author Day

Indie Author Day—Connecting sefl-published authors and readers at libraries and online
By: Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator
WATERVILLE, Maine - Oct. 6, 2016 - PRLog -- Local author Bette A. Stevens is pleased to announce she will be participating in the local Indie Author Day celebration that will be hosted on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Waterville Public Library in Waterville, ME. This event is free and open to the public and will offer local writers the opportunity to network and learn from other authors and industry specialists, and will give readers a chance to discover great new books.

"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 of live, in-the-flesh community and support a great library provides," said Carl Pritzkat, VP Business Development at Publisher's Weekly.

Indie Author Day is an annual event that will be happening in almost 300 libraries across the U.S. and Canada. This is an opportunity for the indie community to come together in the library to help local authors get discovered and for readers to find great new books from local writers. Beyond the inaugural event that will be happening on October 8th, 2016, the Indie Author Day community will offer programming on the website to help libraries and authors stay connected throughout the year.

"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."

In addition to the activities that will be happening locally, Waterville Public Library will be broadcasting the live streaming panel presentation ( featuring industry leaders Jon Fine, previously from Amazon, Robin Cutler of IngramSpark, Kiera Parrott of Library Journal, Library Journal 2012 Mover and Shaker Jim Blanton of Louisville Free Public Library and the 2016 Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Literary Ebook Award recipient L. Penelope. This portion of the event will be taking place at 2 PM EDT.

"Recent data suggest a massive change is occurring in the book industry. Libraries have the opportunity to reposition themselves in the reading ecosystem, and the engagement we have seen in Indie Author Day shows they are up for the challenge. It is inspiring to see authors and libraries connecting in this way, with the support of so many others in the industry," said Mitchell Davis, CBO of BiblioLabs.

Details on Waterville Public Library's Indie Author Day event:
WHEN: October 8, 2016
WHERE: Waterville Public Library: 73 Elm Street, Waterville, ME
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Authors and Readers
WHAT TO EXPECT: This event will bring local authors and patrons together to learn more about indie publishing from industry experts.

To learn more about Indie Author Day, visit

Waterville Pubic Library
(207) 872-5433

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