Old Bridge, NJ – Sep. 27, 2016 – The Old Bridge Public Library will join libraries across North America to host local events for the first annual Indie Author Day on Sat. Oct. 8th.  After several hours of local events, the Library will livestream a national panel at 2 pm that will offer inspiration, information and advice for authors from publishing industry specialists.

While indie and self publishing continue to grow, there are many authors who are still struggling to get published and get discovered by readers. Working with local libraries helps new authors build an audience within their communities that will hopefully expose their works to larger audiences.

“We are pleased to be one of 11 libraries in the state to participate in the first Indie Author Day and use our expertise to connect our community with unique titles and authors that they may not otherwise read,” noted Library Director Nancy Cohen. “It provides a great opportunity for us to join together to position libraries as the go-to place to discover the next great author.”

The Old Bridge Library’s scheduled events are as follows:

11:00-12:00 PM: Indie Children’s Authors Read their Books              

  • Rachelle Burk: “Treehouse in the Storm” and “Don’t Turn the Page”              
  • Jo Ann Kairys “I want Cake” and “Sunbelievable”


11:00-2:00 PM: Author Alley

During this time, attendees can meet one-on-one with local authors, ask questions about the writing and publishing process and get tips on how to get started. Publications written by local writers will also be available for purchase onsite. 


11:00-12:00 PM: Presentation by Local Author John J. Schaffer

Old Bridge author John J. Schaffer talks about his experiences of becoming a writer and publishing his first novel, “A Northern Rebel.” Audience Q&A and book signing will follow the presentation in Author Alley. 


2:00pm Indie Author Day Virtual Panel and Q&A for Authors

This YouTube livestream presentation will feature publishing industry executives Robin Cutter (Director of IngramSpark); Jon Fine (Former Director of Author and Publisher Relations at Amazon); Kiera Parrott (Reviews Director at School Library Journal and Library Journal) L. Penelope (author, lpenelope.com), and Jim Blanton (Director of Louisville Free Public Library).


The Old Bridge Public Library was recently voted “Best Public Library in Middlesex County” by the readers of the Home News Tribune. The Library is open seven-days-a-week and is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Rt. 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. More information about this and other Library programs can be found at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. The satellite Laurence Harbor branch is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; phone: 732-566-2227. 


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