Celebratory days exist for just about everything else. Dogs just had their day on August 26, cats will have theirs on October 29 (hmmm…I wonder if their day is in the “spooky” month, because of their historical association with witches?), and even goats had their day on June 20. Geeks are celebrated on May 25, donuts on—well, every day, but officially on July 2—and gardening naked on May 2 (mark that on your calendars!). But until now, indie writers have been ignored, along with parakeets and weevils.
On Indie Author Day, libraries across North America will host indie author events, and at 2 PM EST, an hour-long digital gathering will be held online to bring together writers, readers, and libraries across the globe. Check with your library to see if they’ve made plans for the day, and if not, encourage them to do so.
Indie author, Alex Dunn, posted news of Indie Author Day on Goodreads a few days ago, and since that time, interest has grown. Alex is launching her next book that day. Another indie writer, Joanne Van Leerdam, created a Facebook page called The Indie Writer Cooperative at https://www.facebook.com/groups/559054580944427/, and the group is rapidly growing.
Many of us are coming up with ways to cross-promote each other’s work. Indie writer, Laura Smith, is collecting interviews from other indie authors and will post them on her social media sites and website on October 8. Canadian indie writer, P.D. Workman is coordinating her promotional efforts with Canada’s Thanksgiving weekend. She plans a “Thankful for Indie Authors” post and a newsletter blast, and she’ll post pictures of other authors’ book covers (one per author). I’m sure more ideas will roll in as the date draws closer.
My contribution to the cause is a countdown beginning September 1 and ending October 8. Each day I’ll post the cover image and short description of one book by one author, along with links to where to get the book, the author’s website, and/or social media sites. If the author chooses, I’ll also post a picture and short bio of the author. These posts will replace my Featured Author of the Month page until I resume it in November.
This cooperation and encouragement is one of the best things about being part of the indie writing world. Since I’ve started this endeavor, I’ve met authors from around the globe, and they’re a great bunch of imaginative, friendly, and just plain nice people. And on October 8, I plan on hoisting a glass in a toast to them all! Won’t you join me?
To find out more about Indie Author Day, go to: http://indieauthorday.com