Indie Author Day

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Indie Author Day is Saturday, October 13th. To celebrate, the Main Library will host panel discussions, workshops, readings, and a book sale. We'll feature self-published writers as well as those who've published with major houses, small presses, and literary magazines. We hope you'll join us!

Agenda

Book sale
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1st floor, graphic novels area

Panel discussion: Marketing (& more)
10:10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
3rd floor, Marion Bingham Room

Speakers: Beck Anderson; Paul Duncan; Catherine Kyle; Debey Sklenar

Workshop: What are publishers looking for when they review manuscripts?
11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
3rd floor, Marion Bingham Room

Presenter: Cassandra Farrin, Managing Editor of Amberjack Publishing

What are publishers looking for when they review manuscripts? How do we make acquisitions decisions? While a lot of writers enjoy writing as a hobby, it's absolutely okay to aspire to become a professionally published author. I can help writers understand how to go from manuscript to book, whether they want to self-publish or go the traditional route. This workshop is for writers of all kinds who want to better understand the business side of publishing.

Panel Discussion: Craft
1:10 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3rd floor, Marion Bingham Room

Speakers: Michaelbrent Collings; Jennifer Froelich; J.C. Jackson; Ellis L. Knox

Workshop: Your Journey is Your Story
2:10 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.
3rd floor, Marion Bingham Room

Presenter: Elaine Ambrose

Join author Elaine Ambrose for her memoir workshop, “Your Journey is Your Story.” Using music and worksheets, Ambrose will guide participants through a writing exercise to define a life-saving or life-changing event in their lives that will form the core of their memoir. She’ll focus on planning an outline, finding your voice, and completing a manuscript.

Reading
3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
3rd floor, Marion Bingham Room

Come listen to 15 local authors share three-minute selections from their original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Vote for your favorites! We'll award a prize to the winner and runner-up in two categories: favorite selection and favorite performance.

Guest Bios

Elaine Ambrose

Elaine Ambrose

Elaine Ambrose is the bestselling author of ten books. Her humorous non-fiction books Midlife Happy Hour and Midlife Cabernet won several national writing awards, including finalist for "Foreword Book of the Year," and her children's book Gators & Taters won an award for children's literature from the 2018 Independent Press Award. She is a syndicated, viral blogger and popular humorist. Find her books, blogs, and events calendar at ElaineAmbrose.com.


Beck Anderson

Beck Anderson

Beck Anderson is a two-time Rita© finalist (Best First Book and Best Contemporary Romance) and author of five novels, including the Fix You series, The Jeweler, and her latest YA fiction, Worst Case. She's also a wife, a mom, an educator, and a walker of a small, bossy dog/evil genius. Find her at authorbeck.com, and on Twitter and Instagram: @BeckAndersonID.

Jeremy Billups

Jeremy Billups

Jeremy Billups has been writing and illustrating stories since he was 6 years old. After attending Boise State University and earning degrees in Illustration and Graphic Design, he finally found the courage to start sharing his stories with the world. In 2015, he released his first book. He lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife & daughter, a lawn he hates to mow, and a desk overflowing with projects he can't wait to share. Find him online at jeremybillups.com.

L.L. Bower

L.L. Bower

Laurel (L.L. Bower) retired from teaching college literature, humanities and writing in 2015 to pursue her lifelong passion for writing. Already published in other genres, she wanted to write the kind of fantasy she likes to read, with twists and turns and lots of quirky, mythological characters and amazing magic. Her fantasy trilogy called Fairy Wars is now complete. She's presently writing a prequel about her hero's childhood: how magic was all around him, but he couldn't see it. Laurel has two grown children and four grandchildren. She and her husband Steve live in Meridian, Idaho, with a cinnamon miniature named Winnie the “poo”dle. Her website is llbower.com.

Michaelbrent Collings

Michaelbrent Collings

Michaelbrent Collings is an internationally-bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award Finalist, and produced screenwriter and member of the WGA. Read more about him at writtenInsomnia.com.

Paul Duncan

Paul Duncan

Paul Duncan is an aircraft and electronics technician and Air Force veteran. He’s worked on his book for over two years. 

Cassandra Farrin

Cassandra Farrin

Cassandra Farrin is the Managing Editor of Amberjack Publishing, a traditional press based in Eagle, Idaho. She joined Amberjack Publishing in 2018 but has worked in the publishing industry since 2010. She is also a writer herself. A US-UK Fulbright Scholar, she mastered in the history of religion at Lancaster University in England. She has an abiding love of diverse Asian-Pacific cultures, especially Japan, and, when she isn’t writing, she’s reading anywhere from five to ten books at any given time. Learn more about her at cassandrafarrin.com.

Jennifer Froelich

Jennifer Froelich

Jennifer Froelich is the author of fiction for adults and young adults. Her suspense novel, A Place Between Breaths, was awarded an honorable mention and perfect score in Writer's Digests 23rd Self Published Book competition, and the first book in her young adult dystopian series, Stealing Liberty, was awarded a 5-star medal from Reader's Favorite. The sequel to Stealing Liberty, Weeping Justice, will be released before Christmas. Jennifer is currently writing the final book in that trilogy. Find her at jenniferfroelich.com.

Nancy Gaenzle

Nancy Gaenzle

Nancy Gaenzle was born and raised in a small town in southern Idaho on the Camas Prairie.  Her love for wildlife comes from her grandmother, Mary Gaenzle, who had a special fondness for birds.  Nancy, a retired schoolteacher, has one daughter, Marta, and one granddaughter, Luella. Her Luella books are named after her granddaughter.  The characters are named after actual family members to honor their legacy and their positive influence on her life.

Thom Garzone

Thom Garzone

Thom Garzone began writing at age 17. The genres he explored were poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama. He moved to the Los Angeles area in 1993 where publishers started to recognize his poems as worthy for print. Thom worked as an English tutor and instructor’s assistant at Pasadena City College until in 2001 when he was accepted to BSU. Since then, he’s been a substitute teacher, landscaper, and volunteer, and he’s presently employed as a Certified Peer Support Specialist. Thom has self-published several chapbooks of poems, and he hopes to show enough promise at his short fiction to further his career as an author.

Adam Graham

Adam Graham

Adam Graham is an old-time radio and comics podcaster from Boise, Idaho. He's written a mystery novel, as well as the Adventure Powerhouse Superhero Comedy novel series. Learn more about his work at greatdetectives.net.

Fred Grant

Fred Grant

Born July 2, 1936, in Hartsville, South Carolina, Fred Grant attended public school in Nampa, Idaho, and went on to study law in Chicago. He spent a decade in the Baltimore courts before coming home as counsel to governors Cecil Andrus and John Evans. He wrote a book about his experiences as chief of organized crime in Baltimore called Justice My Ass! 

Kathy Hurley

Kathy Hurley

Kathy Hurley has been writing fantasy fiction since a very young age. She lives with her family in Idaho, where she runs her own small company, RavenSidhe Publishing. Further information on her published works and the occasional free story download can be found at ravensidhe.com.

J.C. Jackson

J.C. Jackson

J.C. Jackson is the author of the Terra Chronicles series. Writer of fantasy and science fiction, wife, mother, gamer, and a bunch of other stuff, but if she told you everything, where would the fun be?

Her website is jeicjackson.wordpress.com.

Gina Johnson

Gina Johnson

Gina Johnson, 26, has seen a lot for her age. A Treasure Valley Idaho resident since 2000, Gina considers herself a disabled geek/gamer who has been both blessed and cursed with a major amount of medical troubles since her birth. Her lifelong love for all forms of pop culture has kept a ton of that trauma at bay. Gina advocates for increasing global diversity and has worked hard to promote understanding through her unique perspective. Her website is wix.com/Dogiojoe/GinaAuthor.

Ellis L. Knox

Ellis L. Knox

Ellis Knox is a retired medieval historian who has remade the Middle Ages into a world of fantasy. He has published two novels and a novelette, plus two short stories, all set in the world of Altearth

Catherine Kyle

Catherine Kyle

Catherine Kyle is the author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017); the poetry chapbooks Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015), Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), and Saint: A Post-Dystopian Hagiography (dancing girl press, forthcoming); and the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014). Her writing has been honored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Alexa Rose Foundation, and other organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University and is pursuing an MFA in Poetry through New England College's low-residency program. She teaches creative writing at the College of Western Idaho and through The Cabin, a literary nonprofit. Her website is www.catherinebaileykyle.com.

Merilee Marsh

Merilee Marsh

Merilee Marsh is the current president of the Idaho Writers Guild and spent her professional career in marketing and copywriting. A former member of the National Speakers Association, Merilee writes a monthly “Speaking Tips for Writers” for the Idaho Writers Guild newsletter. She has presented workshops in the United States, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine, and facilitated panels of media, editors, agents, attorneys, and other professionals. Merilee is a member of the Osher Advisory Board, heads up Osher’s Memoir Special Interest Group, and is an active member of several writing groups.

claudia t. nelson

claudia t. nelson

claudia t. nelson has a B.A. in writing and literature from Vermont College. She’s an Amazon Best Selling Author of Rising from Ashes: Discover your Hidden Power Through Adversity. She’s published five books – three for adults, two for children – and is working on her sixth. Learn more about her at claudianelson.com.

Giselle Jeffries Schneider

Giselle Jeffries Schneider

Giselle Jeffries Schneider holds a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing. She lives in Idaho with her wonderful husband, excitable dog, and two very strange cats. Her passion is writing fiction/fantasy stories, reading for hours, daydreaming, walking her dog, camping, and spending time with her family. You can learn more about Giselle at amazon.com/Giselle-Jeffries-Schneider/e/B0791M4T8P and facebook.com/GiselleJeffriesSchneiderAuthor/.

Matt Sharar

Matt Sharar

Matt Sharar is a writer currently residing in Boise, Idaho. He has two short stories published in Laldy! West of Scotland's Literary Journal. Both are works of realism, though he mostly writes fantasy and speculative fiction. He has recently completed his fantasy/political thriller series, The Shadow Cabinet, as well as his all-ages fantasy series, Garden Time.

Debey Sklenar

Debey Sklenar

The same year Debey graduated from Idaho State University, she wrote an article for Dance Teacher Magazine—“How Copyright Protects Your Choreography”—before going on to work in other fields. Later, she returned to writing, and in 2013, she began blogging. She’s kept it going for over five years now. She’s also self-published a trio of fairy tales, currently available on Amazon in digital format (with one of the titles likewise available through Boise Public Library’s self-publishing platform, SELF-e). She’s a member of both the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Idaho Writer’s Guild, which has helped her hone her craft and make connections with other authors. Find her online at debeysklenar.com.

Brian Spaulding

Brian Spaulding

Brian Spaulding is a fourth generation Idaho cowboy, an avid horseman, and a professional pilot. He’s logged over twelve thousand hours fighting fire, crop dusting, and flying the wilderness of Idaho. A former Marine, he now lives in southwest Idaho, where he and his wife raise horses and grandkids. Learn more about him at theidahokid.com.

Cameron Ventura

Cameron Ventura

Cameron Ventura has made his living as a filmmaker, and he's written scripts for screen and television commercials. In his early twenties, he wrote his first short story on an old antique Underwood, a real commitment to get that ink on the page. When he created the characters of Calvin Poag and his best friend, James Nelson, residents of the fictitious mountain town of Mud Lake, he was bitten by the bug. These two adventurous young teens taught him the wonderful journey of writing fiction.

 

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