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Indie Author Week to Recognize Local Writers & Challenges They Face

Deciding to become a self-published author isn’t easy, but you are not alone. Whether you have been in the writing game for years, or if you are just getting started, join Richland Library from October 9 – 14 at our Main location (1431 Assembly Street) for Indie Author Week.

During Indie Author Week, our staff are looking to help independent authors connect and learn from each other because even the best of writers can struggle to make decisions about how to market and manager the business side of being an independent artist.

Check out the series of programs during Indie Author Week that cover all the opportunities available to writers in our community:

Indie Author Week: ALLi Keynote Address
6 – 7 p.m., Monday, October 9
Richland Library Main Auditorium

Kick off Indie Author Week with a discussion about the rise and current state of indie authorship. Our keynote Skype session will feature representatives from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

Indie Author Week: Independent Book Stores and the New Normal
7 – 8 p.m., Monday, October 9
Richland Library Main, Auditorium

Join Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, for a presentation on the “new normal” of independent book stores and what it means for independent authors.

Indie Author Week: Techniques of Tenacity
6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 10
Richland Library Main, Meeting Space 213

Join us for a workshop, designed to develop writing discipline. Taught by James D. McCallister, a two-time South Carolina Writer’s Workshop and SC Fiction Project awardee as well as a 2012 Faulkner-Wisdom finalist.

Register here.

Indie Author Week: Decisions, Decisions! Making the Right Ones for Your Book
6 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 11
Richland Library Main, Theater

Join us for a conversation with mystery writer Wanda Craig about the countless decisions one has to make when working with a self-publishing company. From determining how to distribute your book to selecting a cover design, learn how to effectively weigh your self-publishing options.

Indie Author Week: Panel Discussion
6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, October 12
Richland Library Main, Auditorium

Join us for a panel conversation featuring local indie authors James D. McCallister, Carla Damron, Shigeharu Kobayashi and Deena Bouknight.

Indie Author Week: Evidence for Indies Webcast
2 – 3 p.m., Saturday, October 14
Richland Library Main, Theater
“Evidence for Indies” examined Library Journal’s groundbreaking Self-Published Book Survey Report, a first-of-its-kind study that examines the relationship between public libraries and self-published books. Library Journal’s Reviews Director Kiera Parrott joined librarian Carla Sarratt and indie publishing experts K.S. Brooks of Indies Unlimited and Carl Pritzkat of Booklife to discuss the report’s implications on matters ranging from self-published book acquisition to programming for local writers. Chockablock with insightful information, this webinar appeals to both librarians and indie authors.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email estoll@richlandlibrary.com.
About Richland Library
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