Bellmore Memorial Library to Host Indie Author Day

The Bellmore Memorial Library will host  the annual Indie Author Day on October 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event will offer presentations by published authors, video publishing workshops, local-author panels, book readings, an “Author’s Alley” and other opportunities for aspiring writers and interested readers to mingle with authors.

This is a unique opportunity for the community to come together in the library to help local self-published and independent authors get discovered, and for readers to find new books written by fellow community members. It also brings together authors and patrons to learn more about traditional and independent publishing from industry experts.

All writers (both published and aspiring-to-be) and avid readers are invited to attend.


Included among authors in attendance will be North Merokian children’s author Judy Pernice, who writes the children’s series The Adventures of Annabelle. She has been a self-published author for over a year, and has several more Annabelle stories now in the works.

“I have always created stories for the children. I wrote one down over five years ago and about a year ago I revisited it,” she told Your NewsMag.  She said she has a “stack” of six-to-eight stories that she is nearly done with that will be published soon. Each book is usually from 15-16 pages.

A self-published author, she uses Balboa Press, a Division of Hay House.  Once the book is finished, she says the publisher then distributes it to online distributors such as Amazon.Com, and Barnes &

Writing for children from K-3rd grade, her stories take the form of rhymes, in which illustrations then make the point. For example, the rhyme …

She yawns and she stretches her arms oh so high

So much that she thinks she can reach to the sky

She brushes her teeth and washes her face

and takes her eyeglasses out of their case.

… is then illustrated with images that clarify the actions.

Recurring themes in her works include those of being patient, of not bragging and of being kind.

She notes that authors can earn more when a reader purchases their books directly from the publisher.

Pernice will be part of a panel discussion to be held during the day-long event, where she may be able to explain the process of self-publishing, such as what forms the work should take for publishers to be able to illustrate the pages properly.


Other panelists at the Indie Author Day expected to attend include Dina Santorelli, author of thriller and suspense novels, notably the Baby Grand Trilogy; Ellen Meister, author of Dorothy Parker Drank HereFarewell Dorothy Parker, and other works of contemporary fiction; and Jan Kardys, founder of the Unicorn Writers Conference and a literary agent.


10:30 – 11 a.m: Opening Remarks;  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Succeeding in Today’s Publishing World, featuring: · Ellen Meister · Dina Santorelli · Agent

1 – 1:10 p.m.: Break

1:10 – 1:30: From Passion to Paper: A Conversation with Christine Filardi.

Panels that will feature local authors are:  1:30 – 2:15 p.m.: Telling Our Stories and Those of Others;  2:30 – 3 p.m.: Writing Fiction; 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.: Writing for Children

Be sure to visit Author’s Alley to meet writers from your community and don’t miss publishing workshop videos streaming all day in our Meeting Room.

For information on Indie Author Day at the Bellmore Memorial Library, 2288 Bedford Avenue, call the library at 785-2990, ext. 111.



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