The 2013 Indy Author Fair schedule is full of workshops, panels and author signings to delight book lovers and aspiring writers. The Indy Author Fair is Saturday, October 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Central Library in Indianapolis.
The Indy Author Fair is presented by the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and The Indianapolis Public Library. Schedule and presenters subject to change; bios of all presenters follow the schedule. All programs are free and open to the public. Library Education Units (LEUs) are available for many of the sessions and are noted below.
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Meet the Authors – Clowes Auditorium
Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award as they discuss their writing and connections to Indiana. Book sales and signings will follow. Featuring Michael Martone, James H. Madison, Tricia Fields, Mike Mullin and Kelsey Timmerman. (2 LEUs)
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Indy Author Fair – Simon Reading Room and R.B. Annis West Reading Room
Network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors, who offer a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available. Check out this list of participating authors.
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Come Out Swinging: How to Hit Hard and Fast With Your Opening Paragraph – Learning Curve Arema
A writing workshop for ages 8 and up. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring novelist Jeff Stone, author of the best-selling Five Ancestors series for young adults.
1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. — Concurrent Workshops Session I
Overview of Publishing – Clowes Auditorium
Nancy Niblack Baxter will give an overview of publishing today, followed by a panel of publishers, editors, and writers who will address such issues as traditional publishing, including the pros and cons of large and small presses; self-publishing; print on demand; e-book publishing; book proposals, working with editors, book doctors and/or manuscript developers; manuscript preparation, query letters and submission; finding and working with an agent. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Nancy Niblack Baxter, Victoria Barrett, Robert Rebein and Greg Schwipps. (2 LEUs)
Get Started! – Goodrich-Houk Meeting Room
For those who dream of writing a book, but don’t know how to start – a session on just that. You’ll learn strategies for establishing a writing life and techniques that will help you get the words from heart and head to the page. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Bryan Furuness. (2 LEUs)
Writing and Publishing for Children – Knall Meeting Room
This session will offer an overview of writing and publishing for young people, from picture books through YA. You will learn practical advice about how to make time for writing, how to evaluate manuscripts, how to submit manuscripts and where to go for information about current books, publishers and organizations for children’s book writers. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Jeff Stone. (2 LEUs)
Writing About Your Life – Learning Curve Arena
Sometimes our lives scream and sometimes they whisper – and most of the time they are imperfect. But they are always rich with stories that define and validate us and bring insight and resolution in the telling. The Quakers have a saying, “Let your life speak.” This session will help you find the voice to tell your own stories and provide strategies for getting them down on the page. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Darolyn (Lyn) Jones. (2 LEUs)
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Concurrent Workshops, Session II
Marketing Your Book – Clowes Auditorium
This session will feature a panel of speakers who will offer tips for creating a marketing plan for your published work that will consider your personality, comfort level and resources. Topics to be discussed will include what you can expect your publisher to do for your book; working with a publicist; getting your book into book stores; book tours; blogging; using Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social networking sites effectively; and using magazine and newspaper articles to generate interest in your book. There will also be a Q & A session. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Victoria Barrett and Marybeth Baxter. (2 LEUs)
The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Self-Publishing – Knall Meeting Room
Ray Robinson of Dog Ear Publishing and Nancy Niblack Baxter of Hawthorne Publishing will offer a frank discussion of how self-publishing works, when it makes sense to self-publish and what to watch out for if it’s the route you decide to take to publish your own book. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Nancy Niblack Baxter and Ray Robinson. (2 LEUs)
Writing and Marketing Genre Fiction – Goodrich-Houk Meeting Room
This session will be invaluable to those who hope to write speculative fiction (science fiction, horror, fantasy), Westerns, and/or mysteries. You’ll gain inside knowledge about how to break into these markets and tips for catching an editor’s eye. You’ll also learn how to write a query letter, synopsis and pitch, which will give your book its best shot at publication. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Maurice Broaddus, Phil Dunlap and S.M. Harding. (2 LEUs)
Writing and Marketing Poetry – Learning Curve Arena
This session will provide an overview of the unique art of marketing poetry and offer practical advice about where and how to submit your poetry. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Indiana Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik. (2 LEUs)
Please call (317) 275-4119 to register for the workshops.
Victoria Barrett is the founder and senior editor of Engine Books and co-editor of Freight Stories, an online magazine that specializes in literary fiction. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. The recipient of two Indiana Arts Individual Artist Awards and a Pushcart Prize nominee, she teaches writing at Ball State University.
Marybeth Baxter has more than 20 years of marketing experience and has spent the last 10 years in the online marketing arena. She has worked at the agency level, managing Google Pay Per Click (PPC) campaigns for national brands, helped clients develop their Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies, and created Google Adwords Campaigns promoting new book releases and driving traffic to books’ webpages.
Nancy Niblack Baxter is the author of eight books on Indiana and Civil War history, including the Heartland Chronicle Series. “The Movers” was the Waldenbooks Preferred Reader selection for Atlantic states in 1987; “Lords of the Rivers” was the National Association of Presswomen Best Novel of the Year in 1990. The 2000 recipient of the Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award in history from the Indiana Historical Society, she has edited more than 200 books and is currently the senior editor at Hawthorne Publishing in Carmel.
Maurice Broaddus’s speculative fiction has been published in numerous magazines, anthologies and websites, most recently including Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, Black Static and Weird Tales Magazine. He’s the author of the Knights of Breton Court trilogy (Angry Robot Books) and the co-editor of the Dark Faith anthology series (Apex Books).
Phil Dunlap is the author of nine novels of the Old West, one of which, “Saving Mattie,” won the 2009 EPIC Award for Best Historical Western in its eBook version.
Bryan Furuness is the author of “The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson.”His stories and essays have appeared in Barrelhouse, Ninth Letter, Southeast Review, Sycamore Review, Freight stories, Hobart and elsewhere, including New Stories from the Midwest and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He teaches at Butler University.
S.M. Harding has published more than a dozen short stories in various crime fiction publications and is the editor of “Writing Murder: A Basic Guide to Writing Mysteries,” a collection of essays by Midwest authors on creating crime fiction published by InWords. She won Best of Show in a national competition judged by Billy Name.
Darolyn “Lyn” Jones is the education outreach director of the Indiana Writers Center, where she teaches memoir writing and facilitates outreach memoir projects. She is the author of the book “Painless Reading Comprehension” and numerous articles about writing and is the co-editor of “Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Special Needs Children,” which is forthcoming from InWrites this fall. She teaches at Ball State University.
Karen Kovacik is the Indiana Poet Laureate. The author of four collections of poetry, including her most recent “Metropolis Burning,” her work has received numerous honors, including a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, a fellowship in literary translation from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Fulbright Research Grant to Poland. She is a professor of English at IUPUI, where she directs the creative writing program.
Rob Rebein is the author of “Dragging Wyatt Earp: A Personal History of Dodge City” and “Hicks, Tribes, & Dirty Realists: American Fiction after Postmodernism.” His essays and other works of creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines. He teaches at IUPUI.
Ray Robinson is one of three founders of Dog Ear Publishing, headquartered in Indianapolis. Robinson previously worked for Waldenbooks and Pearson Education. In October 2004, he joined forces with Alan Harris and Miles Nelson, two book industry professionals, to form Dog Ear Publishing. Dog Ear Publishing works to bring authors creative answers for managing their own self-publishing projects.
Greg Schwipps is the author of “What This River Keeps.” His creative nonfiction articles and essays have appeared in outdoor magazines like Outdoor Indiana, Indiana Game & Fish and In-Fisherman. His personal essays and short fiction can be found online at Esquire magazine’s website, as well as in the journals Booth and Sweet. The 2010 winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Emerging Indiana Author Award, he teaches at DePauw University.
Barbara Shoup is the author of seven novels and co-author of two books about the creative process. She is the recipient of numerous grants from the Indiana Arts Council, two creative renewal grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the 2006 PEN Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship and the 2012 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Regional Indiana Author Award. Her most recent novel is “An American Tune,” published in 2012. A new YA novel, “Looking for Jack Kerouac,” is forthcoming in 2014. She is the executive director of the Indiana Writers Center.
Jeff Stone is the author of the Five Ancestors series, which has sold 750,000 copies in 13 languages. His books have received numerous awards from the American Library Association and International Reading Association, have been adapted for audio in multiple languages and have been optioned for film by Nickelodeon.
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