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. 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. Another great resource is the Writer Beware page on Vanity/Subsidy.
2017 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.
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.
SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 1: INDIE BOOKFEST , ORLANDO, FL
Indie Bookfest celebrates Indie, Hybrid, and Traditional Authors and Artists and their freedom of expression. Join some of your favorite Authors for a convention filled with workshops, panels, parties and more! You won’t want to miss the sessions throughout the day, where several panelists will be speaking on a variety of topics relevant to readers, book lovers, and writers.
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, PA
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.