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.
January 26-28, 2021: Indie Publishing Success Retreat, ONLINE
This virtual retreat “with Silver Falchion Best Mystery winner, experienced writing coach, and USA Today bestselling mystery/thriller/suspense author Pamela Fagan Hutchins”… “will focus on Ads, Promotion, and Subscriber Lists, and How to Optimize and Integrate Them.”
February 15-17, 2021: Mountainside Marketing Virtual Retreat, ONLINE
“Marketing is an integral part of the publishing journey. It’s vital that we learn the basics of marketing to ensure our work lands in the hands of our readers.”
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
“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 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.