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Indy Author Fair

Aspiring writers and book lovers of all ages are invited to celebrate Indiana's rich literary tradition with a variety of workshops and programs during the Indy Author Fair on Saturday, October 26 from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Presented by the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and The Indianapolis Public Library, this series of activities will precede an evening dinner at Central Library honoring winners of the 2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation funded by The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, that recognizes Indiana authors and their contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.

The Indy Author Fair will include the following special offerings:

Meet the Authors
Central Library's Clowes Auditorium
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
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. Featured will be National Award winner Michael Martone, Regional Award winner James H. Madison, and Emerging Author finalists Tricia Fields, Mike Mullin and Kelsey Timmerman.

Come Out Swinging: How to Hit Hard and Fast With Your Opening Paragraph
12 noon - 1 p.m.
Children ages 8 and up are invited to this special writing workshop presented by The Indiana Writers Center and featuring novelist Jeff Stone, author of the bestselling Five Ancestors series for young adults.

Indy Author Fair: Meet Indiana Authors!
Simon Reading Room and R.B. Annis West Reading Room
12 noon - 2 p.m.
Network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors who represent a variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be included. For a list of participating authors, visit

Overview of Publishing
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Author 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 issues as traditional publishing; 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; and finding and working with an agent. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Nancy Niblack Baxter, Victoria Barrett, Robert Rebein and Greg Schwipps.

Get Started!
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
For those who dream of writing a book, but don't know how to start, this session will focus onstrategies 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 author Bryan Furuness.

Writing About Your Life
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Learn to find your voice to tell your stories along with strategies for getting the stories down on the page. Author and editor Lyn Jones will help participants bring insight and resolution in the telling. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center.

Writing and Marketing Children's Books
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
This session will offer an overview of writing and publishing for young people, from picture books through YA and offer 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, featuring Jeff Stone.

Writing and Marketing Genre Fiction
3 - 4:30 p.m.
This session will be invaluable to those who hope to write speculative fiction (science fiction, horror, fantasy), Westerns, and/or Mysteries. They'll gain inside knowledge about how to break into these markets and tips for catching an editor's eye. Learn how to write a query letter, synopsis and pitch, which will give a book its best shot at publication. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring authors Maurice Broaddus and Phil Dunlap and editor S.M. Harding.

Writing and Marketing Poetry
3 - 4:30 p.m.
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 to them. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center, featuring Indiana Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik.

The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Self-Publishing
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Ray Robinson of Dog Ear Publishing and Nancy 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.

Marketing Your Book
3 - 4:30 p.m.
This session will feature a panel of speakers who will offer tips for creating a marketing plan for your published that will consider your personality, comfort level, and resources. Topics to be discussed 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. Followed by audience Q&A. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring editor Victoria Barrett, marketing specialist Maribeth Baxter and author Carol Faenzi.

In addition to these programs at Central Library, a variety of workshops will be presented in October and November at various Indy Library branch locations. These include "Getting Started," "Writing Your Life" and "Self-Publishing." All workshops are open to the public and no registration is required. Call 275-4099 for more information about these free Library programs.

For additional information about the 2013 Indiana Authors Award and ticketed awards dinner, visit