This page lists upcoming indie publishing/self-publishing events. Most, but not all, of the events shown here are for generalaudiences 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. Note: I receive no compensation for listing these events.

The beautiful books on the right are produced by an author or indie publisher.

April 30-May 2, 2020: Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Fort Collins, CO & ONLINE

“The NCW Conference caters to a variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. This year, we’ve adopted a hybrid model in response to the current pandemic conditions. Our online conference will feature a wide array of sessions, presented via Zoom and with state-of-the-art interactivity and networking tools by Whova. The in-person component will include hands-on workshopping with top-notch author presenters and industry professionals.

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

“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: Picture Book Summit, ONLINE

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

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.