In November 2019, following a concerted effort by Library Journal and public librarian book reviewers across the state of Texas, books by Scott Semegran of Austin and Michelle Rene of Dallas were chosen as the two best indie-published books in the state. On February 6th, both authors will be honored by the library and publishing communities for their accomplishments at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin. Both authors will also be eligible for the North America-wide 2020 Indie Author of the Year Award, which will be presented at the Public Library Association (PLA) conference in late February.
In addition to hearing from this year’s winners, attendees will get a snapshot of the emerging creative relationships forming between public libraries and independent authors and hear from librarians and publishing professionals in Texas about the state of indie and self-publishing. The event, which will be followed by a happy hour, also provides a valuable opportunity for networking among the Texas book community.
The Texas Author Project is part of the Indie Author Project, a larger effort focused on public libraries finding and elevating the best indie and self-published books across North America. The Indie Author Project (IAP) is a collaborative publishing and curation community that includes Library Journal and the IAP regional indie book contests run across hundreds of North American libraries each year. IAP curated collections make it easier for librarians to add curated and award-winning content from local and indie authors to their print and digital collections.
Mitchell Davis, CEO of Indie Author Project creator BiblioLabs, believes these partnerships provide a new vision for the discoverability of new writers and provide a valuable role for public libraries in the changing world of books and reading. “As the program has developed and matured over the past few years, we have built a network of hundreds of librarians who are directly engaged in finding and promoting their best local authors. The curated collections, including winners, finalists, and shortlist eBooks of North American regional contests, represent the cream of the crop. We are so proud to work with libraries across Texas and look forward to working with our winning authors in Texas throughout the coming year,” says Davis.
The event is free and interested attendees can learn more and RSVP now.