Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., is participating in the inaugural Indie Author Day celebration by hosting a workshop and a streaming panel presentation Saturday, Oct. 8. Both are free and open to the public.

At 11 a.m., the library offers a self-publishing workshop with indie author Melissa Walshe, who will show participants how to navigate the world of self-publishing. Walshe invites young adult and adult writers to learn if self-publishing is right for them and whether their manuscript is really ready to go out into the world.

Walshe published her first book, “Autumn’s Daughter,” in 2014 and will soon be releasing the sequel, “Autumn’s Sister.” She is a professional copywriter for shines & jecker laboratories, where she is currently developing She has a master of education degree in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Southern Maine. Most of her waking (and dreaming) hours are spent thinking about how to tell a more compelling story.

At 2 p.m., the library will broadcast a live streaming panel presentation featuring industry leaders Jon Fine, previously from Amazon; Robin Cutler of IngramSpark; Kiera Parrott of Library Journal; Library Journal 2012 Mover and Shaker Jim Blanton of Louisville Free Public Library; and the 2016 Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Literary Ebook Award recipient L. Penelope.

Indie Author Day will be happening in almost 300 libraries across the United States and Canada. It offers an opportunity for the indie community to come together in the library to help local authors get discovered and for readers to find great new books from local writers. For more information, visit For more information about the library event, call 594-0310 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or