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Thursday, April 18 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The Indie Tidal Wave

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What is the indie tidal wave? It’s about librarians promoting the value of self-published content to readers hungry for more than what is available through the traditional and highly filtered Amazon and big five publisher pipeline. It’s about Minnesota libraries reaching out to its writing community to create an innovative self-publishing program and fund a statewide geo-located version of Pressbooks. It’s about self-published authors finally getting the attention they deserve, including literary awards and publishing contracts. It’s about how libraries can actively curate and acquire self-published work and work with indie authors. Speakers will provide stories as well as facts, figures and predictions to help you surf the tidal wave.

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Jane Friedman

Keynote Speaker
Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World; her newsletter was awarded Media Outlet of the Year in 2020.Jane’s newest... Read More →

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Valerie Horton

Director, Minitex
Valerie Horton is the Director of Minitex, a three-state library network. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Colorado Library Consortium, Library Director for Colorado Mesa University, Head of Systems at NMSU, and a Systems Librarian at Brown University. She received an ALA... Read More →
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L Penelope

Award-Winning Fantasy Author
L. Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author. She lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents. Sign up for new release information, updates... Read More →
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Denise Raleigh

Division Chief, Public Relations & Development, Gail Borden Public Library District
Denise Raleigh is the Division Chief of Public Relations & Development at Gail Borden Public Library District. After the now famous 2013 ALA program, “The $84 Question: Libraries in the eBook Era,” she was one of a small group of Illinois library professionals that started the... Read More →
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Kelvin Watson

Director, Broward County Libraries

Thursday April 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Multi-Purpose Room B