About five years ago, I started listing conferences for self-published authors. It was exciting to see great events being planned with outstanding speakers on all the different topics that go into successful self-publishing. So I was dismayed when these events collapsed, one after another, due to lack of interest. I dropped the page for a while, but brought it back some months (years?) later after attending an independent author event by the Houston Writers Guild. It was a fantastic event with great attendance, and that gave me hope that this page could be resurrected. The past year has seen more and more such events being offered and even better, being attended! I am happy to say this week we’ve got four new listings for Indie Publishing Conferences. I don’t know how the first one slipped by me for so long, especially since it’s kinda in my own backyard. Head over to the Indie Publishing Conferences page for the links and more info.
APRIL 6-7: IBPA PUBLISHING UNIVERSITY, AUSTIN, TX
MAY 4-6: SELL MORE BOOKS SHOW SUMMIT, CHICAGO, IL
AUGUST 9-12: INDIE BOOKFEST, ORLANDO, FL
SEPTEMBER 26-30: NOVELISTS INC. CONFERENCE, ST PETERSBURG, FL
Sometimes it can be a bit tricky to figure out which category best suits a particular writing event. I’ve listed this one, which features James Scott Bell, Doanld Maass, and Janice Hardy, under Retreats & Writing Workshops:
AUGUST 9-11: 10MINCON, CINCINNATTI, OH
And this one, which I’ve heard is nearly sold out:
APRIL 14: MICHIGAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, DETROIT, MI
OCTOBER 18-21: FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, ORLANDO, FL
Since my last post, I’ve added three publishers to the Independent Press Gallery. If you click on an image in the gallery, it will take you to a page for that book. The publishers link is listed at the bottom of the book’s page. More coming soon!
We have four new listing for conferences featuring editors this fall: the RWA Gold Conference in Denver, the Hampton Roads Writers Conference in Virginia Beach, the PNWA conference in Seattle, and the Rhyme Revolution conference in New Harmony, IN.
There are three newly listed conferences for indie authors coming up. One is later this month, the Pamlico Writers Conference in Washington, NC., one is in June, the West Virginia Summer Writers Conference in Ripley, and the third, Ind’Scribe Con, is in October in Burbank, CA.
There are so many updates to agents at conferences that I can’t list them here. Please hop over to Conferences: Literary Agents and look for the
Since my last post, I’ve added three publishers to the Independent Press Gallery. Two are from Texas: Black Rose Writing and Clean Teen Publishing. The other, NSTA Kids, is from Virginia. More will be added soon! If you are an author looking to submit your work to an independent publisher, please do your research before approaching them. Also, if you are considering hybrid publishing, please take the time to review the IDPA’s Hybrid Publisher Criteria.
Also since my last post, I’ve updated the slideshow on the sidebar to show off spring releases by my online and IRL friends. Please take a look and send them congratulations!
Several new conferences have been added that feature literary agents, including SCBWI Agent Day in Missouri, the online Nonfiction Writers Conference, the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, the Oklahoma Federation of Writers Conference, and the Editors Agents Writers conference in Maine (this one also features an editor, Carter Hasegawa of Candlewick Press). We also have five new retreats/workshops listed.
As many of you know, my home in Houston was flooded with over six feet of water following Hurricane Harvey. Along with the house, we lost everything downstairs and much of what was upstairs. Our furniture had been collected over the many years of our happily-ever-after, and I hated the idea of buying a whole house-full of new furniture. My husband and I both enjoy diy projects, so we are planning to refinish, repaint, re-upholster, and generally repair old furniture we had in storage. I’ve recently completed my first project, a wingback chair. If you’d like to see the nitty-gritty details, I’ve blogged about it with lots of pictures to show the process. I’ll be adding more soon.