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Buy the book: Local authors to showcase their works at third-annual Indie Author Day

October 9, 2018

Readers can meet local writers Saturday, Oct. 13, at the third-annual Indie Author Day.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Aiken County Public Library at 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. More than 20 authors have signed up to participate.

The program, sponsored by the library and the Aiken Chapter of the S.C. Writers Association, will feature book signings by local authors, information on publishers and marketing, panels and workshops.

“We’ll have different types of writers talk about writing and publishing and workshops at which people can exchange ideas about getting the word out and how to market their books,” said Janet Robinson, the reference librarian at the Aiken County Public Library. “We’ll also have the writers out with their books so the public can see what’s being written locally and buy the books.

Robinson said Indie Author Day – which celebrates local authors, libraries and publishing industry experts around the world – is appealing to both beginning and established writers.

“We’ll have a lot of independent authors, people who are just starting to get published, and people who have been published and have won awards,” she said. “We’ll also have writers who maybe started out at the independent publishing level and are looking forward one day to being signed with a major publisher.”

The presenting authors and publishes and their topics will be as follows:

• Jenn Marner, “Marketing Techniques”

• Bob Babcock of Deeds Publishing, “Avenues to Publication’

• Marti Healy, “Focus on Children’s Writing”

• Bob Clark and Sasscer Hill, “Using Professional Experience to Write”

• Derek Berry, “Publishing and Performing Poetry”

• Raegan Teller, “Books in a Series/Benefits of Writing Groups?”

“It will be very entertaining. It will be fun. During the lunch break, people can participate in writing sprints to work on their writing,” said Will Jones, with the Aiken chapter of the S.C. Writers Association. “It’s always good to meet a writer and to talk about where their work comes from, how they got started and what inspires them. For folks who are starting out in writing, this would be a great place to meet people who are doing the same thing. It will be a great time.”

During the lunch break, people can participate in writing sprints, focused blocks of writing time, to work on their writing.

Ruth Kipnis, who has published three books and has another coming out, agreed.

“It is a fantastic opportunity, not only to get to meet people and to exchange ideas but also the presentations are really so meaningful to people who are just beginning to feel their oats about writing,” said Kipnis, who will participate in the book signing.

Kathy Widener’s first book, “Where Memories Live,” came out just before Christmas last year. She’ll have her new book, “The Return Home,” at Indie Author Day.

The new novel is the second in a trilogy based on her family’s lives in the community of Rayflin, just past New Holland and across the North Edisto River in Lexington County.

“The first book tells their stories from 1910 to 1923,” Widener said. “The new one is from 1923 to 1950, covers the Depression, especially the Depression, and how they made moonshine because that was the only way they could make money to live. It also talks about World War II. My Uncle Leon was in World War II, and the book tells stories about where he was and what happened to him.”

Candace J. Carter, a mystery writer, also will participate in Indie Author Day. Her first novel, “Muddy Waters,” is out this fall.

For her work, Carter took first prize in the Novel First Chapter Category in the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award, sponsored by the S.C. Writers Association.

Jones said the Aiken chapter of the S.C. Writers Association meets from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the library.

“We come in and workshop pieces that we write,” Jones said. “We’re open to anyone who wants to come visit with us and see how we work.”

Widener said she started attending the meetings before she published her first novel.

“We bring five of six pages. Everyone reads his or her pages, and members critique them,” she said. “That has helped me immensely with my writing.”

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