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Indie Author Day

Indie Author Day

October 12, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Dover Public Library
73 Locust St
Dover, NH 03820

email Peggy Thrasher for more information
(603) 516-6050

Join other authors and aspiring authors to find out the best way to get your book published.

This conference is free and open to anyone interested in book writing and publishing. 

Please bring a bag lunch, or visit nearby restaurants for lunch.  Beverages will be provided.  

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9:15 - 10:10Self vs. traditional publishing
10:15 - 11:10Linking Plot, Theme, and Character: Turning an Idea into a Novel
10:15 - 10:40Produce a professional book
10:45 - 11:10Editing With Grace, Style, and Acceptance
11:15 - 12:00Genre Roundtables
12:00 - 1:00Lunch - bring a bag lunch or visit a local restaurant
1:00 - 1:25From One Bookseller to Local Authors
1:30 - 1:55Marketing your book
1:30 - 1:55The Importance of a Quality Book Cover
2:00 - 3:00Publishing Experiences panel discussion
3:00 - 3:30Book Marketplace


9:15 - 10:10

Self vs. Traditional Publishing

What is the difference between self-publishing and publishing with a traditional publishing house?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?  How can you best get your book out into the world?

Dan Lawton

Dan Lawton, a thriller, suspense, and mystery writer is an active member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) Organization. By day, he's an editor for an advertising agency. Dan's latest novel, Plum Springs, is a finalist for the 2019 New Hampshire Writers' Project Readers' Choice Awards (Fiction category).

10:15 - 11:10

Linking Plot, Theme, and Character: Turning an Idea into a Novel

Story ideas are a dime a dozen, but the process of turning an idea into a long-form project, with characters, plot, and theme, requires tools beyond inspiration. Learn techniques for taking the seed of a novel idea and growing into a full-fledged plan. Whether you just have the first glimmerings of an idea or a full, finished draft, this talk will help you take your novel to the next stage of development.

Linnea Harsuyker

Linnea is a full time writer of historical fiction living in New Hampshire with her husband. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU and a BS in Material Science and Engineering from Cornell University. She grew up in the middle of hundreds of acres of forest outside Ithaca, NY.

10:15 - 10:40

How to produce a professional book

This Indie Author Day video explains the five most important elements of a professional book:  Editing, Book Cover, Clean Formatting, Polished Book Blurb, Book Title.  Practical solutions are suggested to reduce the cost of these necessary steps.

Indies Unlimited

It is the mission of Indies Unlimited to celebrate independent authors; to help them build their followings; to provide a platform for members of the independent author community to share and exchange ideas, knowledge, expertise and frustrations; and, for readers and reviewers to become exposed to the amazing depth and array of talent in the indie community.

10:45 - 11:10

Editing With Grace, Style, and Acceptance

When writers get publisher edits back, they are make-or-break. If you do what they ask, your chances of getting published are good; if you don't, get ready to shop around for another publisher. If we are self-publishing, we need to have trust-worthy colleagues who will give us straight-talk about what they see and think we need to do. Editing is both a technical and emotional process that we will discuss.

Yvonne Vissing

Yvonne Vissing is author of 10 books plus chapters, articles and other publications. She is a professor at Salem State University

11:15 - 12:00

Genre Roundtables

We will break up into groups based on genre to discuss the particular challenges and strategies for each type of book.  What are the best publishing venues for each particular genre?  How can you market this genre?  Meet other authors to share ideas and tips.

12:00 - 1:00


Please bring a bag lunch or visit a local restaurant.  Beverages will be provided.

1:00 - 1:25

From One Bookseller to Local Authors

How does A Freethinker's Corner, and other bookstores, choose the titles to put on their shelves?  How can the Free Thinker's Corner's consignment program get your book on their shelves, and how do other store's consignment programs work? How can you, an author, support your local indie bookstore when you promote your book(s)?  Questions will be welcomed.

Chris Upton

Chris Upton is a retired air traffic controller of 27 years, turned bookstore owner of A Freethinker's Corner in Dover, with a BS in Business Management. He has always been a voracious reader of many genres, from scifi/fantasy to history/historical fiction and the "Classics", biographies, politics, and "-ologies" (psychology, sociology, theology, philosophy, etc).

1:30 - 1:55

Marketing Your Book

Develop a book marketing plan that makes the best use of social media and of personal appearances. Topics include: making the most of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; the importance of your web site and your blog; building a mailing list and using it wisely; best approaches to book signings, author events, presentations, and networking groups; a marketing plan time line.

Steve Carter

Steve Carter is an author and jazz musician. He taught English and jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music. His writing has appeared in numerous literary and music magazines. His first book of poetry, Intermodulations, was published in 2014. He is co-owner of Maat Publishing.

1:30 - 1:55

The Importance of a quality book cover

This Indie Author Day video talks about how to make readers click on your book cover by using genre expectations, typography and visuals to reach your target readers.  Decide if you will use a DYI, premade, or custom designed cover, and learn to avoid book cover mistakes that will negatively  impact your sales. 


Our mission is to provide indie authors and publishers with the largest selection in the world of one-of-a-kind, professionally designed, premade book covers that can be customized on our site, downloaded instantly... and the cover is never sold again.

2:00 - 3:00

Publishing Experiences

Hear the success stories (and war stories) from authors who have succeeded in publishing their books.

Samantha Simard - Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Samantha Simard is a fresh voice in the mystery fiction world, and wants her characters - many of whom are LGBT+ and/or minorities - to reflect the broad, ever-changing world in which we live. Her other interests include archery, video games, and searching for a way to consume coffee intravenously.

Michele Lowry, Nikoe Natural Therapies - Maat Publishing

Michele Lowrys affinity with animals has led her to write two books (so far!), ‘Hindsight is 20/20’, experiencing transition through the guidance of her dog and ‘The Rock - Destiny through the eyes of a horse’, mentorship and self development as learned from her horse over two decades.   For 17 years, as an intuitive visionary, Michele has brought holistic wellness resolutions to people and their animals, seeing life through their eyes.  

Olga R. Morrill - Create Space 

Olga retired in 2014 as Program Coordinator at the Conway Public Library to write full time after 24 years of service. Book 1 of the Vagabond Trilogy, Vagabond Quakers: Northern Colonies, was published in July 2017. Book 2, Vagabond Quakers: Southern Colonies, is currently in the works. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Aaron Risi - LuLu

Aaron is a classically trained artist, influenced by surrealism and his work is created with a bold, energizing style. He has developed art for authors, musicians, non-profit organizations and is a recipient of the 2019 Dover Arts Commission City Grant awarded for his enrichment of the arts and music in the Dover New Hampshire community.

Regina Tranfa - Kindle

Regina Tranfa is a self-published author and illustrator.  With a background in graphic design, she enjoys combining her conceptual thinking skills with the beauty of the drawn line.  "My Dad Took Me to Outer Space" is the first book in "The Took Me Series" and she is busy working on book #2.

3:00 - 3:30

Book Marketplace

Display and sell your own books, or buy books directly from the author.

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