Indie Author Day 2017

Greetings local indie authors!

Montclair Public Library is hosting another Indie Author Day event on October 14, 2017, here at the main library on Fullerton Avenue. A big thank you for making last year’s event a hit! We have learned from the previous year’s successes and mishaps and have changed the format this time around.

We encourage local authors to set up booths where you can promote and sell your works, whether they are self-published or through an independent publisher, from 11am to 2pm on the day of the event. We can provide you with a 3-foot section of table and a chair; you bring the rest! After this portion of the event, from 3pm to 5pm, we are looking to host a lecture or two on topics of interest to indie authors – more details to come!

If you are interested in participating again in Indie Author Day here at Montclair Public Library, please submit the following form as soon as you can. Thank you very much, I look forward to your responses!

John Daquino, MA, MLIS
Librarian, Adult Services
Montclair Public Library
50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-744-0500 ext. 2267

Self-publishing Tips

The objective isn’t to simply self-publish a book. That’s easy these days.

The trick is to put together a quality book package to surround your content and that isn’t so easy. It requires work, perseverance and money. As to time, it can actually take a few months to put together this quality book package. Compare that to the “wrong way” to self-publish. In this scenario, the author finishes the manuscript on Monday, buys a cheap, generic cover on Tuesday and uploads the book on Wednesday. Eureka! The book is published! Except the book package is so bad, no one will ever buy it.

Here are a few tips on Self-publishing.

Copyrights: Make sure you understand what copyright is all about and what it is not-about. Study the material found on

Book title: Before you commit to a title, search the web for your title. You may be surprised at how many other books, movies, songs etc have the same title. Perhaps you should change it to something less well-known.

Editing: In my opinion, getting an editor to work on your book is not an option. It is a mandatory requirement. Don’t give the book to a family member to edit unless they are skilled at that activity. You need a professional editor, not a high school student. Always remember, your name is on the cover of the book. Editing will take time, so ensure an adequate interval to get the editing done and to make the changes in the manuscript.

Ebook covers: Consist of the front cover only. IMHO, you should spend as much money on a cover as you can afford. Generic covers are available but you get what you pay for. You may see the same cover on someone else’s book. How embarrassing!

Formatting: This refers to how you format the manuscript. Print books and ebooks have much different formatting requirements. Word processors assume you’ll print the text it produces. Consequently, the default settings support a print book, not an ebook. If you upload a manuscript formatted for a print book to an ebook packager, you’ll have a disaster on your hands if the upload is not automatically rejected.

Once you publish your book, you’ll meet the most wonderful people who will offer to help you market your book. For a small fee, that isn’t really so small. Be warned. Most of these people are scam artists who are only interested in the thickness of your wallet, not your book.

These tips are taken from Self-publishing a Book. It’s one of my books in the Complete Self-publishing Guide.


Hank Quense