This page lists upcoming indie publishing/self-publishing events. Most, but not all, of the events 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 events often include presentations by dozens of 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 event webpage, when available.

This list is not intended to promote events 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.

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July 29-August 2, 2021: SCBWI 50th Anniversary Conference, ONLINE

“Over fifty craft-oriented and inspirational presentations, each with a handout of takeaway prints.” Including: “How to turn your picture book into a story book app and publish it on the app stores,” and “How to earn six-figures self-publishing.”

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 3-5: 2021 Digipalooza, ONLINE

“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.”

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.”

August 26-28: SMIAH Writers Conference, Blue Springs, MO / ONLINE

“The Storymakers & Indie Author Hub Writing Conference combines the best of in-person and virtual instruction for Traditional, Indie, and Hybrid authors. Two Days of Powerful Classes and 90-day access to class video library.”

Fall 2021 TBA: WriteFest, Houston, TX


September 10-11, 2021: ACFW Conference, ONLINE

“Each year, hundreds of veteran authors and those just learning the craft of Christian fiction gather in a setting like this to hear skilled instructors, inspiring keynoters…to gain from the insights of industry professionals…”

September 30-October 3, 2021: Moonlight & Magnolias, Atlanta, GA

Georgia Romance Writers. Schedule TBA.

October TBA, 2021: Picture Book Summit, ONLINE

October 2-3, 2021: #WRICOMMCON2021, Houston, TX

“Writing Community Con 2021 is an event centered around the Writing Community. All over social media, you see the #WritingCommunity hashtag and the personalities that fill that trend. With this event, you get to meet those personalities face-to-face!”” You will also get the unique opportunity of networking with other authors, meeting editors, agents, etc. and be able to really sell yourself and your story to everyone in attendance!”

October 8-10: James River Writers Conference, Richmond, VA

“The James River Writers Conference usually takes place annually in Richmond, Virginia, and attracts award-winning authors and highly regarded editors and literary agents to share their wisdom about writing and publishing. Since 2003, this multi-day event of 350 to 400 writers, has been known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere and hospitality.”

October 15-17, 2021: Colorado Gold Writers Conference, Denver, CO 

Details TBA

October 14-17: Florida Writers Conference, Altamonte Springs, FL

“Experience the synergy and supercharge your writing career at the 20th Annual Florida Writers Conference! This “special edition” experience will have everything you love about our yearly event and some big surprises to celebrate our big 20th anniversary. We’ll have over 75 workshops, major speakers, agent interviews, professional manuscript critiques, lively social events, and so much more.”

October 16-17, 2021: MWA Annual Brain to Bookshelf Conference, Lithicum Heights, MD

Details TBA

November 6, 2021: Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference, Clark, NJ

Our 2021 Conference is dedicated to Indie Publishing, but we have something for writers at all stages of their careers and whether traditionally published, small press, hybrid or indie.”

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.”

January 15-22, 2022: Writers In Paradise, St. Petersburg, FL

“Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, this writers’ conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending quality time with motivated and talented participants seeking an intimate, unhurried climate for learning…in paradise.”

February 10-12, 2022: Superstars Writing Seminars, 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.”