Ahead of the Indie Author Fair that is taking place as part of the Chorleywood Literary Festival this November, we caught up with the organisers to find out how readers can support independent authors at the fair, and why you definitely should.
Indie publishing is the place for all that is innovative, daring and creative, so it makes sense that this event would be, too! For the first time as part of the Chorleywood Literary Festival, indie authors at the cutting edge convene, read and eat cake. The Indie Author Fair is free of charge and open to anyone interested in reading.
When: Sunday 16th November, 2pm-5pm
Where: British Legion Hall, Chorleywood, UK
Six reasons why you should be at the inaugural Indie Author Fair in November, by JJ Marsh, Triskele Books
This is a great place to encounter the ground-breaking, genre-crossing, experimental, enticing, exciting and the beautifully presented. Whatever your particular penchant, you’ll find an eclectic rainbow of books – stroke the covers, speak to their creators, get your copy signed and make off with a pot of gold.
Indie authors are a supportive, enthusiastic gang of professionals, ready to answer questions and share their experiences – good and bad. Meet members of an author collective and find out how it works. Talk to the founders of the Alliance of Independent Authors about how they’ve changed the landscape of self-publishing. Come, meet your tribe. (Tattoos optional.)
Hear writing across a whole range of genres read by the authors themselves. Love the poetic, thrilling, supernatural, romantic, literary, criminal, racy, historical, sci-fi or a mixture of the above? We’ve got it. Fairytales, fantasy, rhyming pictures, mystery, mischief and mayhem? Help yourself. There are sessions for adults and for children of all age groups.
4) Human Reference Library
If you’re writing a book, come discuss your plot with a crime writer, brainstorm your cover with a designer, condense your blurb with an editor, pick the brains of a historical fiction writer, or kick around some marketing ideas. Bloggers, reviewers, designers and editors will be at your disposal. Simply return your human book in timely fashion for someone else to borrow.
5) Afternoon Tea
What goes better with a good book than tea and cake? Take the weight off your feet and thumb through our catalogue to find a book or an author that interests you, or browse the stalls, pick up a book and enjoy it while you sip the best drink of the day.
Chorleywood is a comfy little half hour ride from London, situated on a glorious common with a local pub. The main literary festival attracts major names such as Howard Jacobson, Carol Ann Duffy, David Suchet, Kate Atkinson, Bill Bryson and Sophie Hannah. The award-winning bookshop has an international reputation and hosts two Lit Fests a year. Come and explore. It might be your first time, but it won’t be the last.