October 8th: Tamara and I drove out to Yuma, Az to take part in the Yuma County Library's Indie Author Day, organized by the SELF-e program.
SELF-e is powered by Library Journal and acts as a kind of matchmaking service to help Indie authors get their ebooks into the library system. It's slowly rolling out across the US and Canada, so not every library is a part of the program yet. SELF-e contacted me a couple of years ago and asked if I was interested.
Um… yes! I grew up in libraries. They are a vital part of the local community, bringing the joy of books to everyone. I absolutely would love to support the libraries. I entered both my fantasy novels into the SELF-e program.
I was astonished in 2015 when they contacted me to tell me that my Necromancer had placed in the top 3 most-read Indie fantasy category. Wow!
Then earlier in 2016 they contacted me again asking if I wanted to be a part of Indie Author Day. Again… hello… yes! The plan was that I would give a 45 minute presentation as an intro to Indie Publishing and then take part in a Q&A panel with two other authors. It was a total blast and the audience asked fantastic questions.
Before we get to the photos, I want to thank Becky and Vanna at Yuma Central Library for organizing the event and making us feel so welcome. They bought us dinner the night before and were a crucial part of the whole event going smoothly. Thanks both of you! Wonderful hosts!
Here's the panel. In the center is PNR author Melissa Stevens and on the left, Christine Howard. I had a great time sharing the Q&A session with them. Very knowledgeable and friendly folk.