"Style means the right word. The rest matters little." — Jules Renard

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” — Philip Roth

​“To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.”— Allen Ginsberg

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”— George Orwell

“I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.”— Roald Dahl

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”— Virginia Woolf

“Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work.… Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.”— Stephen King

“For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.” — Catherine Drinker Bowen 

'Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. … I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.” — Gore Vidal

“We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings. … Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.” — John Updike

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” — Larry L. King

“Know your literary tradition, savor it, steal from it, but when you sit down to write, forget about worshiping greatness and fetishizing masterpieces.” 
— Allegra Goodman

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” — Doris Lessing

“If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully, with snake’s blood in his veins, the reader’s reaction may be, ‘Oh, yeah!’ But if you show the reader Bull Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary, sweat-encrusted pony, and flogging the tottering, red-eyed animal with a quirt, or have him booting in the protruding ribs of a starved mongrel and, boy, the reader believes!” — Fred East

​"No two persons ever read the same book." — Edmund Wilson

"A book is a dream that you hold in your hand." — Neil Gaiman

"Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light." — Vera Nazarian

"If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book." — Unknown

"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." — Haruki Murakami

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." — Maya Angelou

"Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood." — John Green

"A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it or offer your own version in return." — Salman Rushdie

Aionios Books presents...
Author Day
the victor

Indie Author Award

Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:30 A.M. - 2 P.M.

In recognition of Carlsbad native and Pulitzer Prize nominee Victor Villaseñor , Aionios Books is launching an annual competition for outstanding indie author of the year. ​​

We are seeking authors whose primary goal is to entertain and engage readers—authors who have an intriguing tale to tell and a unique voice to match.

Contest Requirements

This contest is open to Southern California residents of all ages.

Manuscripts must be novel-length FICTION (60,000 to 100,000 words), and submissions should contain:

  • An "elevator pitch" (35-50 words)
  • A synopsis (500 words)
  • A brief biography, including social media activity (150 words)
  • A manuscript sample (5,000 words)

Submission Deadline:  August 1, 2017

Please email submissions to:

Contestants should be prepared to provide their completed manuscripts, upon request, on August 15, 2017. The winner will be notified by September 15, 2017, and will receive:

  • A print book and e-book publishing agreement from Aionios Books
  • A trophy awarded on Indie Author Day, October 14, 2017
  • The opportunity to present the winning book at Carlsbad's Indie Author Day 2018
  • Copies of the winning book will be placed on the shelves of the City of Carlsbad Library and on the Serra Digital Library Network.

The award will be presented on Indie Author Day, October 14, 2017, at Carlsbad Library’s Schulman Auditorium. The winner must be present to claim the award.

Schulman Auditorium
City of Carlsbad Library
1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA

FREE and open to all ages!

The advent of new technology means that publishing your own book is within your reach. Join us for a morning of discovery.

Gain an overview of the independent book publishing industry:

  • Who are the “indie” book publishers?
  • What are your publishing options?
  • What are the pros and cons of self-publishing?
  • Get an introduction to e-book development, the easiest path to self-publishing.
  • Meet local indie authors, editors, publishers, and other professionals in independent book publishing.

Enter a free raffle to win door prizes!

If you love writing and you've dreamed of seeing your book published, don't miss Indie Author Day at the City of Carlsbad Library!
This event is made possible in part by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner
Cultural Endowment Fund.

Who we are and what we do

Aionios Books is an independent micro publishing house established in March 2016, in Carlsbad, California, offering no-cost, no-fee publishing to authors. To learn more, click on About .

For authors who wish to self-publish, we also offer a full range of à la carte services. To learn more, please visit AioniosCats.com

Got a manuscript you'd like us to consider? Here's how to submit a book proposal .
Aionios Books
Carlsbad, California
Email: publisher@aioniosbooks.com
Gerri Santiago: 760.500.1137
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