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.
MAY 2-4: NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ONLINE
The Nonfiction Writers Conference features 15 speakers over three days and the entire event is conducted via teleseminar–no travel required! You can participate via phone or Skype. Local phone numbers available across the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Sessions run from 9am PDT / 12pm EDT through 3pm PDT / 6pm EDT each day.
MAY 4-6: SELL MORE BOOKS SHOW SUMMIT, CHICAGO, IL
Join 175 other writers and publishing friends for this interactive, two-day conference and networking event in Chicago! Eat, drink and learn together, and be on your way to building a stronger and more profitable career as an author.
JUNE 8-10: WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS SUMMER CONFERENCE, RIPLEY, WVA
Topics include: Self-publishing and Indie Publishing: Book Buzz before, during, and after publication; Humor in Writing; Historical Fiction and Research; Editing; Dynamic Characters; Children’s Writing; Playwriting; Intermediate Poetry Workshop; Writing for Magazines; Memoirs; “Hot Scenes” for short stories and novels; Social Media, and more.
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.
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.