Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Indie Authors Find Their Voice

by Brittany Geragotelis

Before I got my publishing deal with Simon & Schuster, I was an indie author. I'd been rejected by the traditional publishing world over the course of nine years and decided to regroup and commence on a new writing journey--one where I wasn't going to wait for the gatekeepers to tell me I was worthy of publishing. So, I started publishing a book, Life's a Witch, on the writing community site, Wattpad, and over the course of a year, racked up about 19 million reads of the book. It was only because of the requests I got from fans, that I decided to self-publish LAW. The book was only available for about a month before I signed with Simon & Schuster.

I have a huge respect for indie authors. Writers who've decided to take their careers into their own hands (whatever that reason may be) and are willing to put the time into bringing their works to the masses are incredibly inspiring. And even though I am now with a traditional publisher (and an awesome one at that), I think there's a place in the world for both types of authors.

However, just because it's becoming easier and easier for indie authors to self-publish, it doesn't mean that they have the same opportunities that traditionally published authors do. One common roadblock is that it's really difficult to find events where self-published authors can showcase their work.

Until now.

Enter Authors Unbound. The organization was started by Lynn Messina and Ariella Papa after they became so frustrated with the lack of events out there for indie authors to showcase their work and connect with fans that they took matters into their own hands.

It's this kind of take-charge attitude and passion for books that makes me so honored to be a part of its next event! So, if you're over the age of 21 and want to hear me read from my upcoming debut novel, What the Spell?, please be sure to RSVP! Here are the deets:

When: Tuesday, October 9
Time: 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: The Duplex
Address: 61 Christopher St @ 7th Ave
Who: You can listen to readings by myself, Lynn, Ariella and Frank Anthony Polito. We'll also be discussing e-publishing and the panel will be moderated by Amy Edelman, the editor of Indie Reader
411: The event is free, but there IS a 2-drink minimum to all who attend
RSVP: You must RSVP here if you plan on attending (and you should!)

So, please, come on out and help support indie authors, have a few drinks and enjoy a bit of inspirational conversation at the same time!

Hope to see you there!



Clary said...

I'm a Indie Author myself I being working so hard on my writing so other people can see it. I admire you a lot for doing what you are doing. I wish I could go to see you read, but I live to far away. I wish one day I could meet you in person, it would be a privilege.