The 2018 Indie Author Day, hosted by the Clayton County Library System, is in full swing!   On this one day, 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! 

Location: South Clayton Recreation Center, 1837 McDonough Rd, Hampton, GA, 30228

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Run of Show:

  • Welcome

  • 1:00 – 1:15: Author Promos

  • 1:15 – 2:00: Keynote Speaker Shana A., Publishing Your Work

  • 2:00 – 3:00: Author Promos

  • 3:00 – 4:00: James Smith, Project Funding Success

  • 4:00 – 5:00: Nwankwo Mishad, Book to Movies

  • Closing Remarks, Authors and Public Mingle



FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • How much are author/vendor tables?
    • Registration is free for 2018.  Tables are 6ft and come with 2 chairs.
  • I’ve been wait-listed for a table.  When will I know if I am able to display my book(s)?
    • The deadline for registration in September 28, 2018.  Approved authors will be notified then.
  • Do I need to bring a table cover/decorations?
    • Yes! Bring any and everything you want to decorate your tables.  In the event you forget your table cover, we will have standard plastic covers available to purchase.
  • What time do I have to be at the library to set up my table?
    • You may begin setting up at 11:00 a.m.
  • I reserved a table but am unable to attend.  What do I do?
    • Please contact David Thrash at or via telephone at 770-210-5236 as soon as possible if you are unable to attend.
  • I did not reserve a table.  Can I still display my book(s)?
    • No.  Only authors that reserved a table and received a confirmation are allowed to promote their books.


The Clayton County Library System is hosted its 2nd Indie Author Day on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  The day itself was founded just last year as a way to highlight independent authors throughout the world.

This year’s Indie Author Day will featured an Author’s Pavilion where attendees met authors, purchased books and had them signed by the author!  There were also informative breakout sessions and a keynote reception that culminated the literary event.


Watch Breakout Sessions Below

Picking the Path: Traditional vs. Indie Publishing Panel Discussion


Imagine That!: Illustrating and Writing Books for Children and Teens


Books and Branding: Finding Success with Digital and Print Marketing Techniques


Indie Author Day Keynote Reception with Author Kenni York




Indie Author Day Keynote Speaker: Kenni York

Author, motivational speaker and philanthropist Kenni York published her first book, Ask No Questions (PublishAmerica) in 2008.  In 2012, she released The Girls (Urban Books), her most noted and popular book to date.  She has been recognized by a host of organizations for her commitment to community works .

York is also branching out beyond the pages and philanthropic work.  Her novel, At Least I Didn’t Kill Him, has been adapted into a feature length film and is set to premiere on September 7, 2017.  Watch the trailer below.



Participating Authors

  • AnaGia Wright
  • Annie Miles
  • Bonnie Stinson (Panelist)
  • Carla Dennis
  • Chastity Thomason
  • Chicki Brown
  • Cynthia James
  • Diane C. Givens
  • Faith Underwood
  • Frank Leslie Bond (Panelist)
  • Jessica Hosten
  • Kerry Alan Denney
  • Michelle Kee
  • Michelle Ramsey
  • M.J. Kane
  • Morgan Young (Panelist)
  • Nandita Godbole
  • Nwankwo Mishad
  • Patricia and Chuck Cruzan
  • Patricia Goins
  • Schertevear Q. Watkins
  • Sherelyn Duhart
  • Steven C. Thedford
  • TeMika Grooms (Panelist)
  • Vern Smith
  • Violette Meier
  • and more…

For Attendees

Bring a bag!  We will have many, many authors with books ready to sell, so bring a bag…or two, to carry your haul home in.

The event will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.  The Keynote reception will begin at 2:00 p.m. Attendees who attended the full day’s event will receive priority admission to the keynote reception.

If you’re a social media user, tweet the library at @claytongalib and use the hashtags #indieauthordayccls and #claytonstrong.




Breakout Sessions


Moderator: Gwen Wiggins 

Dr. Gwen Wiggins served as the Director of Workforce Consulting Services for the State of Georgia where she managed enterprise Workforce and Succession Planning initiatives for more than 100,000 employees in over 80 agencies and served on the state’s enterprise Strategic Planning team for several years. She is a former instructor for the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University, has served as a guest lecturer at Emory University on the subject of Emotional Intelligence, and serves as the Atlanta Chair of the Society of Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Wiggins also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Clayton County Library System.