This page lists upcoming indie publishing/self-publishing conferences and workshops. There are few major indie Publishing workshops aimed solely 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. Here, 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. Another great resource is the Writer Beware page on Vanity/Subsidy.
2018 INDIE PUBLISHING CONFERENCES
Clicking on one of the beautifully produced books on the right will take you to a website for that indie-published book.
FEBRUARY 26-27: THE SMARTER ARTIST SUMMIT, AUSTIN, TX
The Smarter Artist Summit is your chance to focus on leveling up your author career. Authors and publishing experts from around the world will spend two days teaching you strategies that will outlast the “what’s working yesterday” tactics everyone else is talking about. We’re keeping the Summit intimate, small enough to make connections, but large enough to bring authorpreneurs from all genres and experience levels together to share their superpowers. You don’t have to be published to benefit from attending the Summit; you just need to be ready to stretch yourself, apply what you learn, and share what you know.
MARCH 10: BAY TO OCEAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, WYE MILLS, MD
BTO is a nonprofit, volunteer-run conference sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association. Our mission is to inform, encourage, and inspire writers and help them unravel the mysteries of the ever-changing publishing business.
MARCH 16-17: MIDSOUTH CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, COLLIERVILLE, TN
Day one of the conference features an optional indie publishing workshop with best-selling indie author Hallee Bridgeman, who will teach Seven Steps to Successful Self-Publishing, including tips and tricks for the current market. Day two offers nine workshops, plus key-note speaker Brandilyn Collins, a best-selling author of over 30 books. She is best known for her Seatbelt Suspense®–fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels, often laced with humor.
APRIL 12-15: PATHWAY TO PUBLICATION, MADISON, WI
Throughout the last 29 years of this conference, writers have for the most part succeeded with their goals of being published through the traditional path of pitching to and working with an agent and then securing a publisher for their books. In the past five to ten years, we have seen a shift in the many publishing options that are available to writers. Therefore, this year’s conference will feature a Pathway to Publication Keynote Panel on Saturday morning. Representatives from both a traditional agency and self-publishing companies will be on hand to walk us through the advantages—and disadvantages—of each type of publishing path. You will walk away armed with much more knowledge about your book’s future.
APRIL 14: INDIE AUTHOR FRINGE, ONLINE
Indie Author Fringe is a three-times a year, online conference for self-publishing authors, brought to you by the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), fringe to the major global publishing fairs. ALLi brings together the most up-to-date self-publishing education and information available and broadcasts it to authors everywhere.
MAY 2-4: NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ONLINE
The Nonfiction Writers Conference features 15 speakers over three days and the entire event is conducted via teleseminar–no travel required! You can 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. Sessions run from 9am PDT / 12pm EDT through 3pm PDT / 6pm EDT each day.
OCTOBER 2-4: DIGITAL BOOK WORLD, NASHVILLE, TN
Thought leadership, best practices, and the gathering of community across the wide world of publishing.