Getting into the independent publishing or self-publishing world can be intimidating. Writers struggle with the internal conflict of loving your work but questioning its validity. With growth in the indie author community and increased demand for books from indie publishers, libraries continue to look for ways to work with authors and provide resources and services for aspiring authors.
No matter where you are in your writing journey, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has programs, resources and services available to help you along the way.
Celebrate Indie Author Day – October 13 at Morrison Regional Library
Join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library as we celebrate Indie Author Day, when libraries and organizations around the world welcome local indie authors, writers and their communities in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels and so much more.
Indie Author Day combines the best of libraries: books and people. The Library’s free program will take place Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Morrison Regional Library.
10 a.m. | Introduction by guest speaker
10:15 a.m. | Author Panel
11:15 a.m. | Publishing Panel
12 p.m. | Light lunch + workshop videos
1 p.m. | Networking + book sales
1:45 p.m. | Final remarks
Mary Jane Capps | YA fiction
Mary Jane Capps writes young adult novels about witches, mermaids and ghosts – or some combination of the three. She likes to keep things spooky, magical and reasonably upbeat. Mary Jane lives in Fort Mill, SC with her husband and daughter, down the road from her parents, in a house that is probably haunted.
Tracy Curtis | Humorist, author and speaker
Tracy Curtis is the humor columnist for The Charlotte Observer. She self-published three collections of her humor column into a Humor Me series of gift books. Her latest book is Beach Bummed, which follows Trophy Mom and Holidazed, which won a 2016 National Independent Book Award. She loves writing, humor and making people laugh, and is currently working on her first novel entitled Wit Happens.
Rosy Crumpton |Novelist and blogger
As a novelist and blogger, Rosy Crumpton uses personal life experiences to tell stories that promote healing and growth. Readers connect with the raw vulnerability in her writing that depicts the message that we are not alone. She is a writer, community advocate and author of All I Left Unsaid: A Latina’s Journey Toward Truth.
J. Matthew Saunders | Writer of dark fantasy and horror
J. Matthew Saunders holds degrees in history, journalism and law. He has been making up stories for as long as he can remember, an inclination he attributes to his upbringing in the American South, where storytelling is just part of everyday life. He developed an interest in folklore and superstition and the urge to put his own unique stamp on the stories about things that live in the shadows. He currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and two children.
Roy Serrao | BiblioBoard
Roy Serrao has spent the last seven years helping authors edit, design, format and market their books. He currently works for BiblioBoard, helping libraries showcase local content with community engagement tools.
Betsy Thorpe | Betsy Thorpe Literary Services
Betsy Thorpe has worked for many of the major book publishers, including HarperCollins, RandomHouse, Macmillan Books and John Wiley & Sons. She is now a full-time freelancer, and assists authors with their stories to make them the best possible read before publication. Betsy has also co-written 10 books, including 365 Nights, Carol Guber’s Type 2 Diabetes Life Plan, When the Pressures on and the Bojangle’s 40th Anniversary Book.
Mindy Kuhn | Warren Publishing
Mindy Kuhn has nearly 25 years of experience in marketing, design and branding experience, and holds photojournalism and journalism graphics degrees from Ball State University. Under Mindy’s leadership, Warren Publishing has won several awards, including two Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association.
John Hartness | Falstaff Books
John Hartness is the best-selling author of the award winning series The Black Night Chronicles, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He interviews authors on his podcast, The Writer’s Journey; contributes to the blog Magical Words; and is the publisher at Falstaff Books, a digital and print publishing company based in Charlotte, NC.
Join a writing group
Many library locations have regular writing groups that are open to new members. Some involve writing as a group around a topic or prompt, and some are critique-style groups where writing is submitted ahead of time.
One group, Write Like You Mean It, meets at Main Library every Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. This group explores different styles of writing in a fun and comfortable environment, and is open to anyone who is ready to write. Both beginners and experienced writers are welcome. Notable guest speakers and special events like a writers’ bonanza are scheduled throughout the year.
Join Write Like You Mean It, or find a writing group at the following library locations:
- Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
- Independence Regional Library
- Main Library
- Matthews Library
- Mint Hill Library
- Mountain Island Library
- Plaza Midwood Library
- South County Regional Library
Check out a book or two
Take writing inspiration home with you with these books and magazines available in the Library’s catalog.
Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Spinning Words into Gold by Maureen Ryan Griffin
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
On Writing by Stephen King
Take courses online (for free) with your library card
The Library offers many online courses you can take that focus on creative writing. Find these and many other resources on cmlibrary.org/resources.
Ninja Writing – The Four Levels of Writing Mastery
Memoir & Poetry
Use library resources to publish your work
Design your own books, newsletters, poetry, novels and any other written content for free in digital and print-ready formats using Pressbooks. Visit cmlibrary.pressbooks.pub to creat your book now!
Gain exposure by submitting your e-book to SELF-e for inclusion in the statewide Indie North Carolina Collection as well as a chance for national exposure if chosen by Library Journal. You retain all the rights to your book.
Visit selfe.librariescreate.com/self-e/org/cmlibrary to submit your book to Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's SELF-e program.
To learn more about what happens after you submit to SELF-e, watch this video.
To read and share your work, download the BilbioBoard Library app or visit library.biblioboard.com.
Help readers discover your work by promoting your book's BiblioBoard URL on social media platforms and other media outlets.
Utilize the "Buy in Print" option in the submission process to drive more print revenue and readership exposure.
Got a library card?
If not, get started with the application below. Your next novel starts here!