This page lists upcoming indie publishing/self-publishing conferences and workshops. Most, but not all, of the indie publishing workshops shown here are for general audiences rather than specific genres. 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. Therefore, I won’t be including the long list of speakers for these events, but will add a quote about the event from the conference’s webpage, when available.
This list is not intended to promote conferences that are focused on meeting agents or editors, so if an event listed here does offer pitch sessions, it must also have significant content for independent authors. Note: I receive no compensation for listing these events.
Click on one of the beautiful, author or indie publisher-produced books on the right for information about that book.
October 15-18: Women Writing the West, ONLINE
“Women Writing the West resonates the inspiration of Colorado Springs for its 2020 Virtual Conference. Just as mountain climbers find the niches necessary to scale vast heights, so we, too, will discover our own niches in craft, identity, and platforms. We’ll tackle methods to mount our own walls and climb to our summits. We’ll discover endless vistas of possibilities and create our personal visions, as endless as the views around us.”
October 15-18: Writing Sisters Summit in the Sands, Taos, NM
“The Writing Sisters Summit in The Sands 2020 is designed to spur your creativity and comfort your soul, featuring writing seminars focusing on craft and the business of writing. In addition, this year’s retreat will also feature wellness seminars including guided hikes, yoga and mindfulness moments appropriate for every level, intended to strengthen your awareness of mind-body connection.”
October 24: IndieBOOlooza, ONLINE
“The year 2020 has given us the opportunity to do things differently. We will be hosting a complete online experience called “IndieBOOlooza” Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CST. The morning will consist of a lineup of different content creator speakers (screenwriter, podcaster, tv producer…to name a few) and the afternoon will be dedicated to a community show & tell, networking and readings.”
November 5-8: Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Sanibel Island, FL
“Participants at all stages of development—from notebook scribblers to published novelists—are invited to attend a variety of workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, children’s literature, journalism, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction; panels on publishing & editing; and readings, keynote addresses, & concerts.”
November 7: Indie Author Day, ONLINE
“Organizations from all across the library and publishing industry are coming together to build up the relationships between libraries and authors.”
February 17-20, 2021: Superstars Writing Seminars Conference, Colorado Springs, CO
“Superstars Writing Seminars (SSWS) is an intense business seminar—a drink-from-the-fire-hose deluge of real-world information designed to help attendees better navigate the pitfalls of publishing—targeted to serious writers looking to break in or enhance their career.”
March 20-21, 2021: Sleuthfest, ONLINE
“An annual conference for mystery, suspense, & thriller writers.”
April 8-10, 2021: IBPA Publishing University, Orlando, FL
“As the largest independent publishing association in the United States, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) knows there are literally 100s of book conferences you could attend this year, mostly filled with fluff that’s irrelevant to small presses and author publishers. That’s why we’re here! For nearly three decades, IBPA Publishing University has been the indie publishing community’s must-attend networking and educational event. Why? Because our expert speakers understand how to start, grow, and succeed in publishing’s new world…and they can’t wait to share what they know with you!”
May 12-15, 2021: Colorado Christian Writers Conference, Estes Park, CO
July 30-31, 2021: Florida Authors & Publishers Association Conference, Orlando, FL
“While the itinerary may change slightly in 2021, many of the speakers, topics, and planned activities of 2020 will carry forward. As always, we look forward to offering the latest information from the publishing and literary industry.”
August 19-21, 2021: Killer Nashville, Nashville, TN
“Our objective is simple: to educate and empower aspiring and established writers, and connect them with other industry professionals. We pride ourselves on our intense, intimate workshops and panels, and on our close-knit community of writers.”
September 9-12, 2021: ACFW Conference, New Orleans, LA
September 30-October 3, 2021: Moonlight & Magnolias, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Romance Writers. Schedule TBA.
November 10-13, 2021: Indie Romance Convention, Lebanon, TN
“Would you like to attend a smaller event that offers a friend and family setting where you can get to know everyone alike? The Indie Romance Convention (IRC) provides that exact setting. IRC not only offers one of the most friendly event settings you’ll find in the USA we are one of the cheapest by far. Our hotel rates are less than 100.00 a night and for 2020 our convention rate for 3-days and a 4-night event is 45.00 for readers and less than 130.00 for authors.”
2021 TBA: Digipalooza, TBA
Digipalooza is OverDrive’s international user group conference hosted every other year in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s a unique blend of education, networking, and fun for OverDrive’s library and school partners, publishers, and industry experts.