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 (vanity) 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.
OCTOBER 20: INDIEPALOOZA, HOUSTON, TX
INDIEPALOOZA is the Houston Writers Guild’s fall event featuring sessions, networking opportunities, workshops and keynotes focused on giving you the tools to take the reins on making your writing aspirations a reality.
OCTOBER 26-28: WRITERS DIGEST NOVEL WIRTING CONFERENCE, PASEDENA, CA
Writer’s Digest returns to the West Coast with many of publishing’s most respected and knowledgeable writers, agents, and editors to guide you through the process of writing, editing, and publishing your novel. Hone your craft, refine your characters, explore the future of publishing, and get the tools you need to advance your career as a successful novelist.
NOVEMBER 2-4: BOOKBABY INDEPENDENT AUTHORS CONFERENCE, PHILADELPHIA, PA
BookBaby’s 2018 Independent Authors Conference is a weekend-long event dedicated to self-publishing, where independent authors will learn practical skills from industry experts about what it takes to publish, market, and sell their books, while managing their writing career. Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds in self-publishing (Joanna Penn, Lee Wind, Nancy Erickson, Eva Lesko Natiello and many more) to lead sessions that will improve skills, foster learning, and inspire creativity.
2019 INDIE PUBLISHING CONFERENCES
JANUARY 13-20: CREATE YOUR ULTIMATE BESTSELLER AT SEA CRUISE, (Departing from) MIAMI, FL
Authors who need a crash course in book publishing before they write; need to create demand for books that aren’t selling; who want to learn the latest strategies in marketing, publicity and how to keep the sanity in an overwhelming world can learn the inside secrets of how to create, write and market the book success that they envision during a Caribbean cruise.Cruise includes training sessions and laser coaching.