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Join Rob Dircks for Indie Author Day 2016 at the NY Public Library!

Indie Author Day 2016 

Hosted by the New York Public Library
Saturday, October 8, 2016  •  10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Grand Central Library  •  135 East 46th Street, NYC (location/directions)

How can you become an Indie author? And why would you want to be? What are the pros and cons?

For readers and aspiring writers pondering these questions, the inaugural Indie Author Day on October 8th, 2016 promises to be an exciting and informative national event, with participation from libraries around the country. On a local level, the Grand Central branch of the New York Public Library (135 E. 46th St, NYC; 10:30 am – 4:30pm) will host several Indie authors who will share their unique perspective on the process and its rewards, including:


[column size=’1/4′]portrait-gary-fidelGary Fidel, who is currently working on the fourth in his acclaimed legal thriller series featuring Florida-based attorney Rick Sands, will speak on “Why Independent Publishing Matters.” [/column]

[column size=’1/4′]portrait-dm-barr2D.M. Barr, whose kinky, real-estate related murder mystery, Expired Listings, is garnering high marks from Amazon readers, will speak on “The intersection of Art and Commerce”—in other words, it’s not only about writing the book, you’ve got to get it sold![/column]

[column size=’1/4′]rob-portraitRob Dircks, who operates a small press and is also the author of several books including the praised science fiction novel, The Wrong Unit, will discuss the booming growth of the audio movement with “Audiobook Production for Indie Authors.”[/column]

[column size=’1/4′]portrait-teymour-shahabiTeymour Shahabi, born in Paris, educated at Harvard, and author of the recent Young Adult debut novel, The Secret Billionaire, will discuss life balance and time management in “My Double Life: Writing vs. my Full Time Job.”[/column]


Authors will read from their recent published works as well as give pointers about how you can match their success. In addition, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A session where you can get your specific questions answered, book signings and a raffle filled with novels and sweet surprises.

The highlight of the day will be an hour-long digital gathering at 2:00 pm featuring Q&A with writers, agents and other industry leaders from around the country.

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