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4th Annual IABX Independent Authors Book Expo Draws Crowd to Roselle

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4th Annual IABX Independent Authors Book Expo Draws Crowd to Roselle Credits: Kathy Lloyd
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Renaee Smith - Created the IABX event in 2014 and it continues to grow each year. Smith is an independent author and has published six books, two cookbooks, and four children books. Credits: John Henry
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ROSELLE, NJ - Book lovers from all over came to Roselle on Saturday afternoon to pick up real treasures from local authors at the 4th Annual Independent Author’s Book Expo (IABX). 

The expo creates an atmosphere where independent authors introduce their stories to mainstream audiences. The event also included workshops for aspiring authors, a children’s corner for kids to participate in fun crafts, read-a-longs, and other activities.

Over thirty-five authors displayed, sold, and entertained many with their stories. The authors took turns at the podium talking about their works to the audience.

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Event creator, Renaee Smith who is an independent author herself, has published six books, two cookbooks, and four children books. Smith started the IABX event in 2014 to help other independent authors have a platform to share their works and to connect with readers. From there, its popularity has soared drawing many from all over to come see for themselves what new books are out there or to learn how to get started themselves as an author.  It was also an opportunity to meet the authors and even get your books autographed! 

“I wanted to help address the challenges faced by many independent authors," said Smith. Smith also touted the many supporters that jumped in to help to make the event possible stating that, “ this couldn’t have been possible without all of our volunteers and supporters, and I thank them all for their help to make this event possible.”

Investors Bank, PNC Bank, Roselle-RosellePark Rotary, American Financial Consulting Group, Applebee’s, Roselle Savings Bank, Wei’s Buffet. Roselle Chamber of Commerce, Dollar general, Pepsico, Renaee’s Cakes, Scholastic, SJR Consulting, and Wawa. 

 For more information about IABX, visit their website at www.iabx.org

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