Join us at the fourth Indie Author Conference & Showcase, a free conference for writers and a showcase of local self-published authors for readers.
Conference / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
In Administration Building Auditorium
Writers and authors: learn more about self-publishing. Attend one, two or all three sessions.
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. / J Thorn, “Understand Amazon.com”
Confused by Amazon's self-publishing jargon, like KDP, KU, and Page Reads? Discover what these mean and why you need to leverage the Amazon algorithm as an independent author. We'll go in depth on how to get your book seen, bought, and reviewed. J. Thorn is an author with over 1.5 million words in print. He has sold 175,000 books worldwide and has ranked as high as #5 on Amazon's Top 100 Most Popular Horror Authors list.
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. / Willie and Rachel Scott, “Protecting Your Work”
Willie and Rachel Scott of TKI Publishing will share some basic but essential information for you to consider about ISBN, barcode, Library of Congress Number, and Copyright. Willie and Rachel have been featured nationally and internationally on podcast, radio, television and more for their self-published book and organization Better Than Blended. They developed TKI Publishing LLC to provide education and support to self-published authors.
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. / Dustin Brady, "How My Self-Published Book Sold Over 100K Copies”
Dustin Brady self-published his children’s series, Trapped in a Video Game, three years ago. The series has since become an Amazon bestseller and gotten picked up by a traditional publisher. Dustin will walk through the brainstorming, writing, and marketing strategies he used to help his books stand out in a crowded marketplace and connect with an audience.
Showcase / 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
In Parma-Snow Auditorium
Browse this huge local author fair with an exciting selection of books for all ages. Meet 30 local, independent authors and talk with them about their publishing experiences. Books will be available for purchase and signing, perfect for yourself or as birthday and holiday gifts. Our featured authors all published at least one new book in 2018 or 2019.
M. T. Bass / The Invisible Mind; The Darknet: Murder by Munchausen #2 (adult fiction)
J. D. Belcher / Hades' Melody: A Spiritual Awakening (memoir)
Dustin Brady / Trapped in a Video Game series (children's fiction)
Patricia A. Broome / Redeeming Wasted Years: A Move from Time-Wasted to Time-Valued Living (memoir)
John C. Bruening / Midnight Guardian: Annihilation Machine; Quest for the Space Gods: The Chronicles of Conrad Von Honig (adult fiction)
T. L. Champion / Doggie Anonymous: Canine Confessions (adult fiction)
Michael K. Chapman / My Best Advice: Letters to Our Teenage Daughters; My Best Advice: Letters to Our Teenage Sons (adult and teen nonfiction)
Nancy Christie / Rut-Busting Book for Authors (adult nonfiction)
Vee Cole / Love Isn't Free: Dirty Intentions series (adult fiction)
Wanda M. Coleman / Taking Off the Makeup: Loving Yourself as God Loves You! (adult nonfiction)Monique L. Donaldson / In Too Deep (adult fiction)
Madeline Garner / Inside Incest (adult nonfiction)
Victoria Gatto / Hidden: A Novel (adult fiction)
Peter Hardin-Levine / Sanctioned (adult fiction)
Tyshawn Knight / Psych Ward Diary (poetry)
Liliana Leone / Les Cinq Eiffels First Adventure (children's fiction)
Nancy Loyan / Horse Power (adult fiction)
Lorna Makinen / Evil Under the Microscope (adult fiction)
Lorna Turnbull / Rescue at Dr. Skeebeet's Animal Hospital (children's fiction)
Wade Leslie Meyer / Horse Sense for Guys: An Amusing Look at Relationships (adult nonfiction)
Maritza Molis / Autism in Our Home: The Making of a Bittersweet Family (adult nonfiction)
Michelle Person / Kai and the Daddyman: The Adventures Continue; Nathaniel English and the King of Video Games (children's fiction)
Cathy Posner / Crafting a Resume That Lands You the Job: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Compelling Resume (adult nonfiction)
Jackie Pulpit / Questionable Morels: A Naturalist Selection Cozy Mystery (adult fiction)
Ann Rusnak / The Journey to ME: Empowering You to Live a Life of Unstoppable Success (adult nonfiction)
Willie and Rachel Scott / Better Than Blended (adult nonfiction)
Lena Shane / Belle and Her Beau (children's fiction)
T. J. Ski / The Spook Skelly Crew (children's fiction)
Monica A. Starks / Down But Not Out: My Journey with Chronic Kidney Disease (memoir)
Abby L. Vandiver / Secrets, Lies & Crawfish Pies; Love, Hopes & Marriage Tropes; Potions, Tells & Deadly Spells (adult fiction)
Rachel Zake / Pants Off/Dance Off: A Gentleman's Guide (adult nonfiction)