Independent authors from around the U.S. gather in Linden, New Jersey on August 6, 2022 for the 9th annual Independent Authors Book Expo. The event is the brainchild of Renaee Smith, a busy woman with a full-time job and family who somehow has time to write and manage a non-profit that supports independent authors.
Renaee had a passion for reading as a little girl in Jamaica. She also loved to cook, but couldn’t find many cookbooks of Jamaican cuisine in the U.S. So, she wrote one, her first book, Jamaica’s Forgotton Treats, available on Amazon and elsewhere. Eleven years later, Renaee has written many more books, mostly for children, and she created the Independent Authors Book Experience, a non-profit that supports independent authors at every turn.
Today we have a preview of the IABX Book Expo coming up on August 6th in Linden, NJ, a free event that invites the public to meet authors, check out their books and, if so moved, purchase them.
Renaee also has some useful advice for first-time authors who might feel reluctant or even scared to sit down and write their story. You can do it! For some inspiration, listen to the episode below of the Type. Tune. Tint. podcast.