October 12, 2019 was the fourth annual Indie Author Day.
I celebrated with thirty-three other indie and a few hybrid authors at the Anaheim Central Library. Normally I find myself at events with a lot of contemporary or paranormal romance authors. This event was far more diverse.
A Day of Sharing
My table mate was Teresa Lefranc, who writes bilingual spiritual poetry. Teresa gave away bracelets promoting R-I-T: Respect, Inclusion, Tolerance. (She asked for a picture with us touching fingers to form a heart.)
Several authors spoke or read from their works. Teresa read from her poetry, as did the Poet Laureate for the City of Anaheim, Grant Hier. We heard from a hybrid author who edits a literary journal of apparently politically-themed literary fiction. Another author spoke about her books of animal stories, which she considers a hobby.
Other genre fiction authors attended, including one romance author, Luna Joya. We heard from a fantasy author, an author of mysteries, and an author of police procedurals.
The very best part of the day for me was talking with other professionally-focused authors and aspiring authors about the nuts and bolts and real costs of getting a work of fiction into e-book and print.
The world of publishing has opened to so many people! Are you a hobbyist seeking to get musings out into the world? A technical expert seeking a separate stream of income from a work of nonfiction? A genre author with a line of entertaining stories? Check out indie publishing. As my friend, author Anne Cleeland, always says, there’s never been a better time!