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Photo by Katherine Colwell Joseph Colwell, pictured with his recently published book "Zephyr of Time: Meditations on Time and Nature," is one of many local authors Delta County Libraries will recognize on "Indie Author Day" Oct. 8.

Delta County has so much to offer in the way of local specialties. Produce, meat, wine, music and art are all a part of what make our communities unique and attractive. The written word is also part of our local charm. Delta County Libraries aims to support the many contributions of local authors in celebration of the first annual "Indie Author Day" on Oct. 8.

Independent publishing has been gaining ground in recent years, yet there are many authors still struggling to navigate the publishing world. On Oct. 8, libraries across North America will host local events to bring attention to independent authors as well as offering information and resources on how to become self-published.

The Independent Book Publishers Association is one of the many partners involved in making the event a success. "Publishing your own work is more viable today than ever before and the Independent Book Publishers Association is honored to support those who choose this entrepreneurial path," said Angela Bole, Independent Book Publishers Association CEO. "Indie Author Day will provide a chance to discuss publishing options, learn best practices and celebrate successes with a tribe of forward thinking writers, publishers and librarians."

Delta County Libraries will participate with displays in each library through the month of October, showcasing books published by local authors as well as information on how to become self-published. In addition, participating libraries will show a live web broadcast on Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. featuring a panel of industry leaders. The panel will include Jon Fine, previously from Amazon, as the moderator and panelists Kiera Parrott of Library Journal, Robin Cutler of IngramSpark, 2012 Mover and Shaker award-winning librarian Jim Blanton and BCALA award-winning author L. Penelope.

Local self-published author Mary Simmons understands the key role that libraries play in connecting authors to their communities. "The library is the center of the universe for people who read and is a natural place for a local author to launch a book." Although Simmons published her fantasy book "Corvus Rising" prior to moving to the North Fork Valley, she has since assisted another local author, Laura Lee Yates, in getting her first book published.

Yates' book, "Bound for the Western Sea," was published in February 2016. Yates has the unique perspective of being a local, self-published author as well as a librarian at the Paonia Library. "Delta County Libraries has been supportive of my whole endeavor," Yates said. "Self-publishing is not for sissies. You can't just be the writer, you have to become a business person. The process was worth it, though. It will be a real thrill to see my book on the shelf of the library, which was my dream growing up."

Visit your library starting Saturday, Oct. 8, to get a taste of our local literary flavor, celebrate local authors and learn more about self-publishing.

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