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. Please take the time to review the IDPA’s Hybrid Publisher Criteria.
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.
JUNE 21–23: BOOK PUBLISHING UNPLUGGED, AURORA, CO
Experience three days of The Book Shepherd, Judith Briles … no pitches, just Judith Briles Book Publishing Unplugged delivering an amazing depth of publishing, authoring, and marketing information that she has derived from her 30 plus years in the publishing field and as The Book Shepherd. On the 23rd, you have a BONUS session that will deliver an intensive implementation workshop using gizmos and gadgets that are used in social media and marketing.
AUGUST 2-5: INSPIRED WRITERS RETREAT, BEAR LAKE, UT
This is not just any writer’s retreat; this is a complete transformational journey. Bring what is in your heart and gut, honoring the story that’s already there. Best-seling author M. Bridget Cook-Burch will guide you through writing, polishing, pitching, publishing, launching, and promoting your book. This retreat walks you through the complete process.
AUGUST 9-12: 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.
AUGUST 23-26: AUTHORYOU EXTRAVAGANZA, BRECKENRIDGE, CO
Get ready for an all new Author YOU Extravaganza in 2018. Get ready for Education—the deep dive type. Get ready for entertainment— laughing is the perfect way to end a jammed-packed day of information. Get ready to meet the Who-Who’s in Publishing Service Providers in our Exhibit Hall—your village to create an awesome book, publicity campaign, uncovering sponsors, promotion and much more. And get ready to change your book and authoring life.
SEPTEMBER 26-30: NOVELISTS INC. CONFERENCE, ST. PETERSBURG, FL
The Novelists, Inc. conference brings together multi-published, multi-genre authors who publish traditionally, independently or both. Indie author speakers include Mark Dawson, Joanna Penn, and David Gaughran. Must join NINC to attend.
OCTOBER 2-4: DIGITAL BOOK WORLD, NASHVILLE, TN
Thought leadership, best practices, and the gathering of community across the wide world of publishing.
OCTOBER 4-7: IND’SCRIBE CON, BURBANK, CA
InD’Scribe is a conference for everyone! Readers not only meet but get to spend quality time with their favorite authors. Authors can network, promote and hang out with their fans and industry professionals… The days will be filled with fun and informative workshops and panels for everyone with parties and socials at night. Saturday will host a plethora of amazing events such as the Reader Rave Luncheon the giant Reader Rave Author Book signing!
OCTOBER 10-13: INDIE ROMANCE CONVENTION, LEBANON, TN
The Indie Romance Convention is for all indie, hybrid, and small press romance authors with books published in any of the romance subgenres—from Christian, young adult (YA), new adult (NA), paranormal, sci-fi, western, mystery and fantasy and more.
OCTOBER 20: INDIEPALOOZA, HOUSTON TX
INDIEPALOOZA is the Houston Writers Guild’s fall event featuring sessions, networking opportunities, workshops and keynotes focused on giving you the tools to take the reins on making your writing aspirations a reality.
NOVEMBER 2-4: BOOKBABY INDEPENDENT AUTHORS CONFERENCE, PHILADELPHIA, PA
BookBaby’s 2018 Independent Authors Conference is a weekend-long event dedicated to self-publishing, where independent authors will learn practical skills from industry experts about what it takes to publish, market, and sell their books, while managing their writing career. Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds in self-publishing (Joanna Penn, Lee Wind, Nancy Erickson, Eva Lesko Natiello and many more) to lead sessions that will improve skills, foster learning, and inspire creativity.
2019 INDIE PUBLISHING CONFERENCES
JANUARY 13-20: CREATE YOUR ULTIMATE BESTSELLER AT SEA CRUISE, (Departing from) MIAMI, FL
Authors who need a crash course in book publishing before they write; need to create demand for books that aren’t selling; who want to learn the latest strategies in marketing, publicity and how to keep the sanity in an overwhelming world can learn the inside secrets of how to create, write and market the book success that they envision during a Caribbean cruise.Cruise includes training sessions and laser coaching.