Indy Author Fair! Get Your Signed Book Saturday

Indy Author Fair! Get Your Signed Book Saturday

Jessica Nunemaker Signs Books at Indy Author Fair

Little Indiana Book Signing

What I’ve especially enjoyed in the leap from writer to author is attending author fairs. Having (affiliate link) Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations published and out there is a lot like having a new baby. You’re excited, other people are excited, and everyone makes a big deal of it everywhere you go.

So, this Saturday, October 29, 2016, you can find me selling and signing books at Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. If you have never been to an author fair before, it’s a great way to get some face time with Hoosier authors of all kinds. To give you an idea on the caliber of the attendees, take a look at the links I’ve included to the authors and presenters below. I’m glad that I was somehow able to sneak into this one.

You can’t beat a free event dedicated to learning more about writing. Whether it’s learning how publishing works or tips on how to self-publish, there might just be a freebie class about it. Scroll through the list below that’s taken from the Indy Author Fair page–and then get cracking. While these classes are free, pre-registration is required. Don’t delay. You can register through EventBrite right here.

Indy Author Fair List of Events

Meet the Authors – Clowes Auditorium — 11:30 am – 1 pm
Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2016 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award as they discuss their writing and connections to Indiana. Book sales and signings will follow. Moderated by John Krull, director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and host of “No Limits” on WFYI Public Radio. Featuring Karen Joy Fowler, Philip Gulley, April Pulley Sayre, Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Bill Kenley, and Edward Kelsey Moore.

Indy Author Fair: Meet Hoosier Authors – Simon Reading Room — 12 pm – 2 pm
Network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors (including Little Indiana), who offer a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available. Click here for a list of participating authors.

Illustration for Kids by Kids – Learning Curve Arena — 12 pm to 1 pm  
All ages are welcome at this hands-on illustration workshop presented by Art with a Heart.                   

Writing for Young People Panel  – Clowes Auditorium — 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Adults and teens are invited as noted authors will share their experiences and expertise covering writing styles ranging from young adult novels to chapter books and picture books.  Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring John David Anderson, Skila Brown, Robert Kent, and Sarah J. Schmitt.

Publishing Overview – Knall Room — 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Hawthorne Publishing Senior Editor, Nancy Niblack Baxter, will give an overview of publishing today from traditional publishing to ebooks, as well as offer information about manuscript preparation, query letters and submissions, finding and working with an agent, and working with an editor. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center.

Get Started! – Goodrich-Houk Room – 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Have you been thinking about writing for a long time and are just not doing it? Do you wonder how to connect with other writers in the Indianapolis area? “Get Started” offers writing exercises and lively conversation about writing and the writing life that’s guaranteed to jump start the process of becoming the writer you want to be. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Kip Robisch.

Writing About Your Life  –  Learning Curve Arena — 1:30 pm to 3 pm
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.      

So You Want to Write a Novel? – Clowes Auditorium — 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm
Where do ideas for novels come from? How are novels made? And how do you get them published? This session will offer practical tips for those who want to write a novel, have one in progress, or have a finished one with which they don’t know what to do. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Barbara Shoup.

Self-Publishing Tricks and Tips – Knall Room — 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm
Learn the ins and outs of self-publishing during this workshop. This session will offer insights into how to know when it makes sense to self- publish, where to find out information about the variety of ways 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 Rob Kent.

Get Started! – Goodrich-Houk Room– 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm
Have you been thinking about writing for a long time and are just not doing it? Do you wonder how to connect with other writers in the Indianapolis area? “Get Started” offers writing exercises and lively conversation about writing and the writing life that’s guaranteed to jump start the process of becoming the writer you want to be. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Kip Robisch.

The Bluer Guide to Indiana – Learning Curve Arena — 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm
It might be an unhappy truth that most Americans do not tour Indiana. It might also be the case that even people from Indiana don’t tour Indiana. But let’s change all that with this brief session of highly imaginative Hoosier travel writing in which we will document the people, places, and peculiarities of our state that you did not even know existed and, now that we have written about them, do. A lively discussion of what is real or not, fact and fiction, and the way we open up space for wonder. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring 2013 National Winner Michael Martone.

Resource Fair for Writers, Educators and Parents– Learning Curve Circle — 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm
Meet representatives from the Indiana State Library, Indiana Humanities, Second Story and other literary organizations. Staff from the Indiana Writers Center will provide handouts with links to more info on resources.

Dig Into a Good Book: Visit the Indy Author Fair

Now that’s a fantastic line-up of authors and events if I’ve ever seen one. Remember–you need to pre-register. Don’t put off your writing aspirations any longer. Use this opportunity to get motivated and commit to finally finishing that book.

You can follow the Indianapolis Public Library on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Make sure to stop by my table at the Indy Author Fair and say, “Hi!” It’s always nice to see a familiar face.

Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus. I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is Little Indiana.

Just don’t forget to tell them that Little Indiana sent you.

Central Library
40 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317.275.4100
Monday – Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Always call ahead before making a special trip.

 

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About the Author:

Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."

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