Authors and the power of community

Matthew Arnold Stern
3 min readNov 8, 2023
Panel at Indie Author Day, Anaheim, California, November 2023
Indie Author Day panel on Mastering the Writer’s Toolbox. (L-R) Mary Vensel White, Jonathan Fesmire, Max Evans, Barbara Pronin, and moderator Matthew Arnold Stern. Photo by Clark Fesmire.

The day after I moderated four panels at Indie Author Day, I watched a heartbreaking TikTok video by fellow indie author J.C. Wade. At a school where she works, she met another author who was signing books for the library. When she told her she was also an author, the visiting author gave J.C. “the sideways look” and asked, “Who’s your publisher or are you an indie?” She told her she was published by a small press and now…

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Matthew Arnold Stern

A novelist and award-winning public speaker and technical writer. My novels Amiga and The Remainders are available now.