Libraries highlight local authors

By Tracy Ihnot


Last fall, Delta County Libraries' staff began compiling a list of local authors to display in each library. There are over 50 names on that list and it keeps growing.

The inspiration for this project came from an annual event called Indie Author Day, an international celebration of independently published authors.

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

Starting on Oct. 14, Delta County Libraries will participate by featuring displays of local and independent authors, information on self-publishing, and web-based workshops for patrons to view.

IngramSpark, an award-winning independent publishing platform, is one of the major sponsors of the event. According to its post on the Indie Author website, "One of the most frequent questions authors ask at writing conferences is, 'How do I get my book into libraries?' That's one reason Indie Author Day is such an incredible opportunity for indie authors and one reason we encourage participation."

One of those indie authors is Eckert resident Trudy Berghauser. Berghauser's self-published book "Finding Errtillee" just became available for check out in all five Delta County Libraries.

"Finding Errtillee is a young adult fantasy novel, but has also been enjoyed by my adult readers," Berghauser says. "The settings are inspired by amazing and remote places in western Colorado and eastern Utah."

Berghauser understands the benefits and challenges of being self-published and is grateful for the opportunity that Indie Author Day provides.

"As a self-published author, I have complete control over the content of my book," Berghauser explains. "I spent years writing "Finding Errtillee" and after all this time, I feel the book is just what I want it to be." That independence was very important to Berghauser, particularly as she began writing the sequel.

"The biggest challenge in self-publishing is the lack of a full-time marketing department. It can be difficult to spread the word about a new book, especially in a rural area. I am constantly on the lookout for ways to let potential readers know of my work."

That is where libraries play an important role. Authors can "get the word out" about a book by getting it on the shelves, offering book signings, and leading workshops at their local libraries. It is also a way to inspire other authors, another priority to Berghauser.

"Since I am also a teacher, I especially hope that my book encourages young people to read and to write their own stories," Berghauser explains. "I want to let everyone who thinks about writing a book know that this project took me more than 15 years from the original thought to completion. Just don't give up!"

To get a taste of our local literary flavor, celebrate local authors, and learn more about self-publishing, visit your library starting Saturday, Oct. 14.