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Who We Are

Independent Authors Book Experience (IABX) established in 2014 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2017 by author Renaee Smith. The organization was created based on her own experiences as an independent author. Mrs. Smith understands that promotion is the key to success and that writing the book is sometimes the easiest part of the process. With that in mind IABX strives to bridge the gap between independent authors, publishers and readers. Our mission is to promote the work of Self-Published or Independent Authors, Poets, Publishers and Illustrators.

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The Independent Authors Book Expo

The Independent Authors Book Expo was established to offer independent and self-published authors an opportunity to showcase their talent and work.  The Independent Authors Book Expo our biggest event attracts a diverse population of authors from all over the United States. 


The event is designed to expose these authors to new readers and is a fun and free event for the local community in and across Essex, Middlesex and Union Counties and the tristate area. The Expo, is a family-friendly event, and brings in a large audience from the community. 

In addition to being an important platform for our authors, this event also promotes early literacy and is aimed to encourage and inspire young readers.  We host a Children’s Corner where children get the opportunity to have the author read to them from their books as well as participate in the many activities that we have, Arts and Craft, Puzzle Making and more.

What We Do

Since its creation, IABX has become a widely-recognized hub of resources for the launch and promotion of new titles, including author profiles, book reviews, recommendations, event information, interviews and articles.

If you have a book you would like to launch, this is a great space to do so. Whether you are a fiction or non fiction writer, children’s book author, poet or young adult novelist, IABX is a perfect space to share your work with fellow writers, publishers and booksellers.

We help to promote and market book, authors and businesses that support authors with:

  • Independent Authors Book Expo

  • Author and Book Spotlight 

  • IABX Author and Business Directory 

  • Book Reviews

  • Author Pages 

  • Author Speaks - Sign up for our monthly Author Speaks if you would like to present your book. 

Our Leadership

Independent Authors Book Experience was launched by Renaee Smith. Mrs. Smith is an international award winning author of several books: two cookbooks -Jamaica's Forgotten Treats and Memba When, the Freddie Series - The Great Compost Heap, Freddie's First Race, Freddie's Good Deed, Freddie Goes to the Beach and Freddie Learns the Value of Money. In addition to that she has authored Who Turned the Lights Out? and Dorianne the Baker (which she coauthored with her mother Nella Perrier). Her cookbook, Memba When, won international acclaim when it was awarded "Best First Cookbook for Jamaica" from the Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2014. Her inspirational calendar 31 Days of Encouragement is a source of spiritual support.

You can read more about Mrs. Smith on her website at 

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