ROSELLE, NJ - With booming technological advances, certain practices, like reading traditional, hard-cover books is becoming increasingly rare.

That’s why Renaee Smith founded the Independent Authors Book Experience (IABX) Book Expo five years ago.  This year, the expo is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Warinanco Sports Center in Roselle. 

“Attendees can expect a wide array of activities that promise both enrichment and fun,” Smith said. “There will be opportunities to meet some of the most prominent independent authors in the world to prizes, raffles, and a children’s corner with snacks, read-a-longs, and face-painting,” Smith said.  

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“Before I founded IABX and the book expo, I noticed that there were two major concerns regarding independent authors that I wanted to fix,” Smith said.  “First, society is moving to a digital age. I wanted to reintroduce the idea of putting a book in your hand, meeting with other readers, and having the chance to meet authors.  Second, registration for major book expos are quite pricey so I wanted to make an expo that is affordable for independent authors.”

Smith’s two ideas married perfectly.  At the expo, attendees can peruse literature, speak with authors and readers, be introduced to marketers, publishers, editors, and illustrators, as well as attend various writing workshops.  

Registered authors are also given the opportunity to discuss their books in front of a live audience of eager readers, have a professional headshot taken, and possibly win a prestigious IABX award in one of four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s. 

Last year, independent author, Rena Trefman Cobrinik, attended the expo for the first time as an author and won an IABX award. 

“After one of my children’s book ideas was taken by a major publishing company, I turned to independent publishing because I was humiliated and distrustful,” Cobrinik said. “At the IABX expo, the writers are very supportive because we all know the struggles of being an independent author.  It was an unexpected and unbelievable experience.”  

The Sixth-Annual Book Expo will offer in-depth presentations from critically-acclaimed authors spanning multiple genres. The featured presenters this year will be Dr. Tracy Mack Powell, author of The Journey to Authorship and Alexandra Bernard-Simmons, who wrote Passion to Paycheck. In addition to their featured speakers, venue attendees will be able to engage with a diverse set of authors of Poetry, Children’s and Young Adult Fiction, Fiction, and Cookbooks.   

This event is open and free to the public. 

For more information about how to register as an author, please visit www.iabx.org/iabx-expo