Mission Statement

To promote and empower independent authors through
various events and workshops, thereby promoting literacy for all ages.

About IABX

Independent Authors Book Experience (IABX) is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote the work of Self-Published or Independent Authors, Poets, Publishers and Illustrators.

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 network with fellow writers, publishers and booksellers.

Let us help you promote and market your book, yourself or your business. 

  1. Independent Authors Book Experience Book Expo

  2. Author, Book and Business Spotlight - Have your name listed in our Author Directory with a link to a website of your choice for a small fee.

  3. IABX Directory

  4. Book Reviews

  5. Author Pages 

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

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Renaee Smith
Founder, IABX Book Expo

How We Started

Independent Authors Book Experience was launched by Renaee Smith. From her own experiences as an independent author, Mrs. Smith understands that sometimes writing a book is less troublesome than determining the next steps in the process.


Promotion is the key to success, so we strive to bridge the gap between independent authors, publishers and readers. The Independent Authors Book Expo is one of the many events that the Independent Authors Book Experience hosts in order to accomplish this goal.


Mrs. Smith has authored nine books: two cookbooks (Jamaica's Forgotten Treats and Memba When) and five children's books (The Great Compost Heap, Freddie's First Race, Who Turned the Lights Out?, Freddie's Good Deed, Freddie Goes to the Beach 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 latest book is 31 Days of Encouragement and inspirational calendar.



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.

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