Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library


For a Sneak Peek at Publishing, Go Indie on October 8

Jeanne Peloquin
Sep 25, 2016

You undoubtedly know many of the big-name authors we host at the Columbia County Library. This year we welcome E. Lockhart, Cheryl Strayed, Garth Stein, and Anne Perry. In previous years we hosted Nicholas Sparks, Carl Hiaasen, the Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, and others.

This year we’re also giving aspiring writers and avid readers alike a peek into the world of indie publishing as we participate in Indie Author Day on October 8. On Indie Author Day, libraries across North America will recognize the skill and hard work of indie authors. We are participating with an author meet and greet, live webstreams, and an in-person Q&A with blogger Bethany Armstrong who blogs as the Book Review Mama.

It’s hard to say what I’m most excited about. Meeting independent authors from 10:15-10:55 am is a great opportunity for fellow authors and book-lovers to learn about the processes involved in independent publishing. It’s also a great time to talk to authors about their books. Writing a book takes a huge investment of time, thought, and emotion, and you’ll be amazed what you can learn about the process.

The discussion with blogger Bethany Armstrong at 11:00 am is another treat. Bethany blogs at, where she reviews the books that she reads with her children and chronicles her process of building a lifestyle around books and reading. Don’t miss Bethany if you’ve ever wanted to start a blog, or if you’re looking for tips on writing insightful reviews and advice.

The last two sessions take a deep dive into the world of independent publishing. Carl Pritzkat, VP of Business Development for the company that owns Publishers WeeklyandBookLife,will live chat about the challenges facing independent authors, and then he will field questions. You don’t often get the opportunity to ask questions of someone this high up in the publishing world. The last session is another live stream that is packed with global experts in literary technology, librarianship, publications review, publishing, and writing. If you’re an author, block out Saturday, October 8 from 1:15-3:00 pm, ask questions, and get an edge on your next submissions.

For more information about this and other Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library System programming, visit