This page lists upcoming indie publishing / self-publishing conferences and workshops. There are few major indie Publishing workshops aimed soley at writers for the juvenile market, so most are for general audiences. Because authors who self-publish must handle all aspects of book creation and marketing, these conferences often include presentations by dozens of indie-publishing professionals. In the past, I tried to list them all, but this became an overwhelming time suck. Instead, I will attempt to include a brief overview, usually in the conference website’s own words, and of course, have a link to the landing site for the conference or workshop.

This page will not include information from subsidy publishers. Before embarking on your self-publishing journey, arm yourself with education. Independent children’s book editor Harold Underdown has an article to help you with this:

Between Publishers and Vanity Presses:
Opportunities and Dangers in the Twilight Zone

Clicking on one of the beautifully produced books on the right will take you to a website for that indie-published book.

2017 INDIE PUBLISHING CONFERENCES

APRIL 7-8: IBPA PUBLISHING UNIVERSITY, PORTLAND, OR

Registration is open! Join over 300 book publishing professionals from across the country for the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA’s) 29th Annual Publishing University: a two-day, must-attend, networking, and educational event. Enjoy 30+ educational sessions including experiential learning labs, insightful Keynotes, a gala book award ceremony, and fun networking events.

APRIL 9: INDIE AUTHOR SEMINAR: MARKETING YOUR BOOK, CAMARILLO, CA

Full day seminar: Morning session: how to build a true author’s platform to promote your book: website, blogs, social media, and reviews. Afternoon session: how to use your platform to sell books—Amazon,e-reader programs, giveaways, libraries, distribution, and more. A companion seminar is offered March 19.

APRIL 22: TRI-VALLEY WRITERS, PLEASANTON, CA

Join us along with the following presenters: Jim Azevedo, David Denny, Joel Friedlander, Mark Gelineau, Joe King, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, Linda Lee, Laurie McLean (Fuse Literary Agency), Larry Townsend, Annie Tucker and Victoria Zackheim to learn about craft, marketing, and self-publishing.

APRIL 26-27: SMARTER ARTIST SUMMIT, AUSTIN, TX

At the Smarter Artist Summit, hosted by authors and podcast hosts Sean Platt, David W. Wright,and Johnny B. Truant, you’ll be among writers who believe in abundance. Writers who passionately learn and who compulsively share. Writers who toss around ideas, who try new experiments, and who share their failures and the lessons to keep you from making the same mistakes. And who sing some mean karaoke.

MAY 3-5: NON-FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ONLINE

Conference for self-publishing and traditionally publishing authors. All sessions are delivered by teleseminar—no travel required! Participate via phone or Skype. Local phone numbers available across the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Once you register, you will immediately receive download instructions for SIX of our most popular reports! Reports include: Self-Publishing Checklist; Sample Query Letters that Worked; Book Launch Checklist; 100 Ways to Grow an Audience for Your Book; 35 Ways to Increase Website Traffic for Authors; 50 Ways to Generate Book Reviews.

JUNE 3: INDIE AUTHOR FRINGE: SELLING YOUR BOOK, ONLINE

FREE! Our Indie Author Fringe events are brought to you by the Alliance of Independent Authors. Each event is twenty-four hours of non-stop broadcasts, video, podcasts & articles, allowing authors round the globe to attend live.

JUNE 19-22: SELF OR INDIE PUBLISHING: ANSWERING THE BIG QUESTIONS, HONESDALE, PA

Author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison knows how to create a successful self-publishing career. Big questions led her down the path of starting a publishing company. Now, Darcy wants to help you answer the big questions about self-publishing. Darcy Pattison’s books from Mims House (her indie publishing company) are recognized for excellence. Wisdom, the Midway Albatross received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly; Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma is a 2015 National Science Teacher’s Association Outstanding Science Trade Book. She has published over 20 books through Mims House in the last four years. She’ll share her experiences and expertise to help you avoid the pitfalls that are common in the self-publishing business.

SEPTEMBER 15-16: INDIEPALOOZA CONFERENCE, HOUSTON, TX

This annual event from the Houston Writers Guild focuses on marketing, promoting, and other topics of special interest to self-published authors, but many sessions can help all authors. More info coming soon.

OCTOBER 4-7: INDIE ROMANCE CONVENTION, LEBANON, TN

The Indie Romance Convention (IRC) is a convention for authors and readers, not just a book signing event. IRC is a once-a-year event where indie, hybrid and small press authors and readers can learn more about writing and the publishing industry and have fun while doing so. We offer workshops and panels for authors to learn their craft and readers to learn how to do more for their favorite authors. Each year we try to expand, adding more workshops and panels for editors, cover artists, formatters, etc.

OCTOBER 14: INDIE AUTHOR FRINGE: RUNNING AN AUTHOR BUSINESS, ONLINE

FREE! Our Indie Author Fringe events are brought to you by the Alliance of Independent Authors. Each event is twenty-four hours of non-stop broadcasts, video, podcasts & articles, allowing authors round the globe to attend live.

OCTOBER 14: INDIE AUTHOR DAY, LIBRARIES ACROSS THE NATION & ONLINE!

Early-bird registration will officially open in April 2017.

NOVEMBER 3-5: THE INDEPENDENT AUTHORS CONFERENCE, PHILADELPHIA, PANew!

The Independent Authors Conference is a skills-building educational weekend event for 500 independent authors. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to lead sessions that will improve skills, foster learning, and inspire creativity. Our purpose is to give independent authors the practical skills they need to publish and market their books and manage careers as independent authors. There will be two tracks – publishing and marketing, plus keynote presentations, panel discussions, and workshops. We want you to walk away from this conference knowing that you can tackle all of your writing, publishing, and marketing dreams.

THE STORYTELLERS by Laurisa White Reyes
THE AWAKENING by Dorine White
BOSS OF THE WHOLE SIXTH GRADE by Ann Herrick

UPSIDE OF DOWN by Dawn Malone
DANCING ON THE INSIDE by Glen C. Strathy
INTO TORDON by ZF KingboltKALIFUS RISING by Alane AdamsMAGIC MAYHEM: JINNIE WISHMAKER by Deanna Roy
ARROWS & ANGELS by Kristin D. Van Risseghem