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. 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.
September 16: Digital Bookworld Global, ONLINE
“DBW Global is the one-day worldwide online conference which concludes Digital Book World 2020 on September 16. This will feature a who’s-who of the publishing world, providing thought leadership, best practices, and a gathering of global community across trade, scholarly, independent, educational, and ‘corporate’ publishing.”
September 18-19: American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, ONLINE
“While we regret not being together in person, your Executive Board and conference team have worked hard to provide this opportunity for excellent teaching, special features available to more conferees, and those valuable one-on-one appointments with editors and agents.”
September 21-25: NAIBA & SIBA Joint Virtual Fall Conference, ONLINE
“This new world means new and exciting changes to our Fall Conference. We’ll join together with our friends in the South for a joint conference. We’ll be online for five days in September. We’ll meet more authors from far and wide. We’ll have exponentially more booksellers in our new rooms, since there are no barriers to participating. We’ll have programming morning, noon and night that you can join live or view later.”
September 21-25: Christian Children’s Books Online Conference, ONLINE
Our conferences have a reputation for very high quality speakers and strong collegiality, and have been consistently ranked 4.6 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5. Please do not be intimidated if you have not yet published. Come join us and enjoy the supportive environment!
September 23-27: Novelists Inc Conference, ONLIINE
“The NINC Board is exploring all options for the 2020 Conference and will make an announcement on or about July 15th about its future in either a live, in-person format or as a virtual event. Please come back to this page on or about July 15th for further information.”
October 7-10: Ind’Scribe Conference, Peoria, IL
October 10: Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference, Iselin, NJ DATE CHANGE!
“Our 2020 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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”