Before New York became a publishing powerhouse, there was Boston. Heralded in the 19th-century as “The Athens of America,” modern residents and visitors alike still enjoy the city’s vibrant reading culture through one of its most notable literary celebrations — the Boston Book Festival.
Each year since 2009, tens of thousands of bibliophiles from Boston and beyond have enjoyed free presentations by critically-acclaimed authors. And this year is no different. In addition to hearing featured presenters from a star-studded lineup, including Colson Whitehead, Lindy West and Jon Klassen, attendees of the festival also have access to countless exhibitors and breakout sessions.
This October, SELF-e is excited to share the stage with the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) in a session for writers called Indie Author Camp: Library as eBook Discovery Platform. Moderated by BiblioLabs’ Chief Business Officer Mitchell Davis, the panel will feature bestselling Massachusetts indie authors and SELF-e Ambassadors Gledé Browne Kabongo, P.J. Sharon and L.J. Cohen.
Working Together to Transform Libraries
A leader in library innovation, MLS adopted BiblioBoard, the PatronsFirst mobile library, as part of its mission to end the digital lockout. As one of BiblioBoard’s first partners, it has been a paragon of the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform campaign. Notably, MLS patrons enjoy on-demand access to books, videos, audio, images and more on BiblioBoard by downloading the app to iOS and Android devices.
In addition to reaching patrons with its Commonwealth eBook Collections, MLS supports local indie authors by featuring their eBooks throughout its libraries by participating in SELF-e. SELF-e, a partnership between Library Journal and BiblioBoard, allows MLS patrons to discover a growing collection of locally-written books by authors from around the state. Books submitted to the SELF-e program are available on BiblioBoard and reviewed by Library Journal. Works of superior quality are highlighted and curated by Library Journal into their own collection called “SELF-e Selections,” where readers — and librarians — can easily find them.
A true platform of author discovery, SELF-e encourages authors and libraries to collaborate for events that help build readerships. While P.J. Sharon attended this year’s Springfield City Library Author Book Fair, other events have included writing workshops, book readings, presentations and more.
We welcome all indie authors to learn more about leveraging their local libraries to reach new audiences. See you in Boston!
Join SELF-e and the Massachusetts Library System for
Indie Author Camp: Library as eBook Discovery Platform
BiblioLabs Founder & Chief Business Officer Mitchell Davis
Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. In 2000, he founded BookSurge, the world’s first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company, which was sold to Amazon.com in 2005 and re-branded as CreateSpace. Since 2008, he has been Founder & Chief Business Officer of BiblioLabs, the creators of BiblioBoard. He is also an indie producer and publisher who has won awards for his indie books and documentary films from Organic Process Productions, a small philanthropic media company he founded with his wife Farrah Hoffmire in 2005.
Gledé Browne Kabongo writes intense psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of Game of Fear, Mark of Deceit (Eye of Fear Anthology), Swan Deception and Conspiracy of Silence. In addition to holding both an M.S. and B.A. in communications, she has experience in freelance news reporting, marketing and communications management.
In addition to her day jobs as a massage therapist, personal trainer and yoga instructor, P.J. Sharon is an award-winning author of young adult books, including Pieces of Love, Heaven Is for Heroes, On Thin Ice and Holt Medallion-winner Savage Cinderella. The third book in her YA dystopian trilogy, Healing Waters, completes The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael Series, which RT Book Reviews calls “an action-packed read with a strong female lead.” She writes YA fiction, because every teen deserves a hopefully ever after.
L.J. Cohen is a novelist, poet, blogger, ceramics artist and relentless optimist. After 25 years as a physical therapist, L.J. now uses her clinical skills to injure characters in science fiction and fantasy novels. Derelict, the first book in her Halcyone Space Series, was chosen as a Library Journal SELF-e select title and a top book of 2016. Dreadnought and Shuttle, Book Three, is available now. L.J. is active in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Independent Publishers of New England and Broad Universe.
For more information on the SELF-e program or to schedule a live demonstration: