Indie Authors Fair Registration
Celebrate Indie Author Day with the independent authors of the Inland Empire!

Have you written a book and want to learn what your publishing options are? How do you find a literary agent, or even, should you? What is a marketing “platform” and why do you need one? Are you just curious about the world of writing and publishing?

The Inlandia Institute, in partnership with the Corona Public Library, will host the 4th Annual Indie Authors Fair, a free public event, from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday October 14. Join us to share, learn, and connect with other authors. Host a vendor table, share your work with others, and attend talks and workshops all day.

For independent authors who are also interested in becoming a member of the Inlandia Institute and in displaying and selling their work during the fair, we are offering a special Indie Author Membership Special for $25. Reserve your table and become a member at the same time. Member benefits include discounts on books, workshops, and services provided by our affiliate, Sunacumen Press. Register by October 1 to take advantage of this offer. To inquire or reserve space, email

All authors at the fair are encouraged to participate in the “Sound Bytes” portion of the presentation where authors will have the opportunity to make a 60-second quick pitch at an open mic to tell the audience a little about their book and journey.

Books will be available for sale throughout this event. For more information email or visit

Reserve your table space and become a member at the Indie Author rate for just $25!

You may donate via PayPal or snail mail or directly to the Inlandia Institute office only.

- To donate via PayPal visit and choose "send money" to donations (at) inlandiainstitute (dot) org.

- To mail or hand-deliver donations: Inlandia Institute • 4178 Chestnut Street • Riverside, California 92501


Writers Unite: Why a Writers Organization Might Be Right for You

Panel discussion featuring a variety of organizations in the I.E.: Featuring Jessica Wyland of Wild Lemon Project, Isabel Quintero of PoetrIE, Lynne Spreen of Diamond Valley Writers Guild, Eric Von Mizener of Coffee House Writers Group and Moreno Valley Arts Commission, Marj Charlier of PEN Women, and Cati Porter of Inlandia Institute.

Guerillamakes Books: Year One of the Inlandia Homespun Chapbook Series

Featuring Nikia Chaney and members of the Inlandia-sponsored collective who created content for, printed, designed, and assembled their own books, complete with ISBNs.

The Many Paths to Publishing with Jessica Watterson

Join Jessica Watterson from the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency as she discusses the many paths to publication in this era, and why having an agent on your side in whichever path you take may be helpful. Learn about what an agent does, how an agent can work with you outside of the traditional publishing realm, and what an agent hybrid author team working relationship looks like. She will also address how to make you and your work jump out to an agent, and discuss which path in publishing might be just right for you.

Jessica Watterson has been with SDLA since 2013 and has a wide roster of clients. She represents all genres of romance, women’s fiction, YA (fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, lgbtq, #ownvoices), and author-illustrated picture books.

Publishing Circle with Timothy Green

Publishing can be a difficult industry to navigate, especially for the independent author, but Timothy Green has experience in every phase of the business, from editing and production to marketing and self-promotion. He has published widely in poetry and prose, built one of the largest literary magazine in the world, and been on the promotional team for a New York Times best selling book. Learn about rights and best practices, the market's mechanizations, and strategies for success. Bring your questions, and have them answered.

Timothy Green has worked full-time as the editor of Rattle magazine ( since 2004, and is author of a book of poems, American Fractal (Red Hen Press, 2009). He is a founder of the Wrightwood Literary Festival and holds a master's degree in professional writing from USC.

Raising the Bar on Indie Publishing with Marj Charlier

The new IBPA standards for independent publishers are aimed at improving the quality and the reputation of independently (and self-) published books. This is a very important initiative that involves holding ourselves to higher standards, and making sure that every book that we publish is as polished and professional as a traditionally published book.

Marj Charlier is founder of Sunacumen Press, a hybrid publisher. She is the author of nine novels and a memoir and leads Inlandia’s Indie Publishing workshop, Getting from Here to There.

Judging a Book By Its Cover with Pat Murkland

Your book cover is your biggest marketing tool. Take a humor-filled tour through time, exploring how book covers mirror their eras, and be inspired by the good, the bad, and the atrocious. Even though you may not consider yourself an artist, the hands-on, interactive, and fun exercises will help you reach into your creative heart and understand what you need.
Pat Murkland combines storytelling, research, writing, editing, art, design, layout, pagination, publishing, and marketing into one person with 40 years experience in publishing and journalism.

Book Design Decisions with Mark Givens

Mark Givens, owner of local publishing house Pelekinesis, discusses book covers, typeface choices, and page layout to create beautifully designed independent books. What kind of budget is needed? Where does good artwork come from? How does an author get help designing a cover, and what difference does it make?

Mark Givens is the editor, publisher, and designer for independent publishing company Pelekinesis. He has written several books including "A Circle of Birds" and "Things I've Learned About Babies," the essay "Observational Analysis and Artistic Intent," and several columns for The Press Enterprise, via Inlandia Literary Journeys. He was the editor of the online literary magazine MungBeing for 10 years and the publisher and designer of various 'zines in the 80s and 90s. Mark is an independent designer as well as the co-founder of the Inland Valley Art and Literature Show, IE Publications, and the avant garde rock band Wckr Spgt.

Member support makes programs like this possible. Thank you for supporting the Inlandia Institute!

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