This page lists upcoming indie publishing conferences and workshops. 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

FEBRUARY 24-25: iPUBLISH, LAYTON, UT

PublishCon—the conference that puts the power to self-publish in your own hands, from beginner to advanced. Classes to expect at iPublishCon:
Formatting; Cover design; How to get reviews; Marketing galore; How to make teasers; How to make and use ads for the best return; The latest and greatest news; The psychology of writing; Business taxes; Contracts; Foreign rights

MARCH 18: INDIE AUTHOR FRINGE: WRITING 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.

MARCH 19: INDIE AUTHOR SEMINAR: BUDGETING, EDITING, & BOOK PRODUCTION, CAMARILLO, CA

This seminar prepares writers for the publishing process, finalizing your manuscript, and sending your book into production. At this point you are ready to market the book, create a buzz and make sales. A follow-up/companion seminar is offered April 9.

MARCH 25: UNICORN WRITERS CONFERENCE, PURCHASE, NY

Now in its sixth year, Unicorn Writers Conferences prides itself on providing guidance, information, tools, and contacts to all authors at any stage in their writing journey, and with the changing publishing world, we want to do something special for the growing self-published author community.

MARCH 31-APRIL 2: CHANTICLEER WRITERS CONFERENCE, BELLINGHAM, WA

Enjoy three days of instruction on how to improve your marketing skills and sell more books, located at the beautiful Hotel Bellwether, at Squalicum Harbor on beautiful Bellingham Bay, conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. The conference features a fantastic line up of authors, marketers, and publishing professionals presenting a range of sessions on topics to help you sell more books and build your audience.

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 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.

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.

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