This page lists upcoming indie publishing/self-publishing events. Most, but not all, of the events 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 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.

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

September 10-11, 2021: ACFW Conference, ONLINE

“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 13-14, 2021: Digital Book World, Nashville, TN/ONLINE 

“Trade, scholarly, independent, educational, corporate, and all other types of publishing come together to share best practices involving technology, and to enjoy executive-level networking.”

September 30-October 3, 2021: Moonlight & Magnolias, Atlanta, GA

Georgia Romance Writers. Schedule TBA.

October TBA, 2021: Picture Book Summit, ONLINE

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

“Writing Community Con 2021 is an event centered around the Writing Community. All over social media, you see the #WritingCommunity hashtag and the personalities that fill that trend. With this event, you get to meet those personalities face-to-face!”” You will also get the unique opportunity of networking with other authors, meeting editors, agents, etc. and be able to really sell yourself and your story to everyone in attendance!”

October 8-10, 2021: Indiepalooza, ONLINE

“We have panels on Indie Filmmaking, Podcasting, Book Reviewers and Bloggers, Cover Design, and presentations on a whole host of important and timely topics.”

October 8-10, 2021: James River Writers Conference, Richmond, VA

“The James River Writers Conference usually takes place annually in Richmond, Virginia, and attracts award-winning authors and highly regarded editors and literary agents to share their wisdom about writing and publishing. Since 2003, this multi-day event of 350 to 400 writers, has been known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere and hospitality.”

October 15-17, 2021: Colorado Gold Writers Conference, Denver, CO

Details TBA

October 14-17, 2021: Florida Writers Conference, Altamonte Springs, FL

“Experience the synergy and supercharge your writing career at the 20th Annual Florida Writers Conference! This “special edition” experience will have everything you love about our yearly event and some big surprises to celebrate our big 20th anniversary. We’ll have over 75 workshops, major speakers, agent interviews, professional manuscript critiques, lively social events, and so much more.”

October 16-17, 2021: MWA Annual Brain to Bookshelf Conference, Lithicum Heights, MD

Details TBA

November 3-12, 2021: ECPA PubU, ONLINE

ECPA PubU will continue online this year through a series of webinars conducted in one week. Each track will meet for a full day of webinars and connection, bringing publishing professionals together to learn from experts in Editorial, Marketing, Design, Production & Operations, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion—plus featuring Master Classes and debuting the PubU Children’s Book Summit!

November 6, 2021: Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference, Clark, NJ

“Our 2021 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.”

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.”

Fall 2021 TBA: WriteFest, Houston, TX


January 15-22, 2022: Writers In Paradise, St. Petersburg, FL

“Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, this writers’ conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending quality time with motivated and talented participants seeking an intimate, unhurried climate for learning…in paradise.”

February 10-12, 2022: Superstars Writing Seminars, 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 24-26, 2022: Sleuthfest, TBA FL

Details TBA

March 25-29, 2022: Inspire Christian Writers Conference, Felton, CA

“We are THRILLED to be able to bring you a full Christian Writers Conference in the stunning Santa Cruz mountains. Nestled in the redwoods just a short drive from the coast, the Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center is one of the most beautiful venues on the west coast.”

April 29-30, 2022: IBPA Publishing University, Orlando, FL

“IBPA PUBLISHING UNIVERSITY is where hundreds of independent publishers and industry partners gather to exchange knowledge, resources, strategies, solutions, and more. ACTIONABLE & INSPIRING PUBLISHING EDUCATION. Whether you have one book or hundreds, learn best practices for an industry that’s always changing.”