By Mark Ambrogi
Romance book authors Kate Roth and Britni Hill noticed the trend.
“It’s kind of the thing to do in our romance book community, to have these mass signings, where readers can come in, meet with the authors and buy paperbacks,” Roth said.
The second Indie Unmasked event is set for noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at The Wellington Fishers Banquet and Conference Center, 9775 N by NE Blvd., Fishers. The first Indie Unmasked event was hosted by Roth and Hill in November 2014. It’s called “Indie,” because most of the authors’ books are published independently.
There are 43 authors committed to the sessions. Roth said more than half the authors are current or former Indiana residents.
Roth, an Indianapolis resident who owns Bombshell Beauty private studio and Sola Salon Studios in Fishers, has published nine books. Hill, a Geist resident and hair stylist, co-hosts the event. Hill has written six books.
“We met in beauty school and realized we both like to write novels,” Roth said.
They have been friends ever since.
Among those in attendance will be New York Times bestselling authors Aleatha Romig, Indianapolis, and Lexi Ryan, Terre Haute.
“Some will have their own table and some authors will split a table,” Roth said. “Almost all the authors bring all their paperbacks, so they’re available to be personalized and signed.”
The book signing is split into two sessions. All authors are in each session. Roth said it is broken up into two sessions so the lines are not too long.
It’s $7 per one hour and 45-minute session.
There will be a masquerade ball from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Wellington.
“The theme is Vintage Glam. It’s Old Hollywood meets ‘Great Gatsby’” Roth said.
The cost is $35, including light snacks and open bar. A DJ will provide music for dancing. Roth said it will be more of a relaxed setting to mingle more with the authors. The deadline to buy tickets for the masquerade ball is Aug. 21. For more, visit indieunmasked.weebly.com.