State of Independence


Yes, we have nearly fifty acclaimed and best-selling authors and poets coming to Unbound this year. But there are also many wonderful local authors who will also be participating, and this post is all about them.  

Last year we celebrated our community of wonderful Columbia writers by putting on the Independent Author Fair in the Stephens College ballroom. During the course of the day, sixteen local self-published authors were able to present, discuss, and sell their books to the festival-going public. The event was a great success, and so we've decided to do it again this year.

If you're a self-published author who would like to be part of the Independent Author Fair between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the festival, please email us at to reserve your spot. The cost of a table for the entire day is $75. Please note that we have limited space available and tables will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We anticipate that demand will be greater this year due to the success of last year's event. So get your application in early!

But that's not all.

Self-publishing is becoming increasingly important in the publishing industry. More authors are turning to it as a means of distributing and sharing their work, sometimes with stunning success. In view of this, we are putting on a panel all about self-publishing - what it is, how to do it, and (equally important) how NOT to do it. We'll be featuring some local authors who have had success with the format - and we're also proud to welcome Josh Floyd, key account sales manager of IngramSpark, one of the leading (and best) players in the self-publishing industry. Josh will be on hand to answer questions from the publisher's perspective and offer a unique insight into what makes a successful self-published book. If you've ever contemplated writing a book of your own, this panel will be unmissable.