Navigating the self-publishing industry may leave you feeling like an explorer lost in uncharted territory. Where should you start, and in which direction should you go? Whom should you ask—and trust—for help? What pitfalls should you avoid? The Internet can provide you with plenty of leads, but be careful: You might run across more hype than facts.
The experts here at Self-Publishing Relief recommend checking out writing conferences, groups, and classes geared toward self-publishing. You’ll learn about the various aspects of publishing your book and how to boost your book sales, while connecting with authors who know the ropes and industry insiders who can give you the tips you need to succeed as a self-published writer.
8 Self-Publishing Writing Conferences, Groups, and Classes
The Chicago Self-Publishing Group – Monthly
Explore the dynamic world of self-publishing and indie publishing. This group meets each month and welcomes anyone interested in learning more about self-publishing.
Writer’s Digest Annual Conference – August 18 – August 20
The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference will help you to craft your writing and market it. With a variety of sessions to select from, you can customize your experience. Mix and match sessions to gain the core components to achieve self-publishing success.
If you’re unable to attend the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, you can still reap the benefits with this On Demand webinar. Presented by literary agent Meredith Barnes, this online seminar covers all the basics of self-publishing, from how to make your self-published book appealing to your audience to the risks you need to guard against. Learn how to get your book into the hands of five major retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Apple, and Kobo.
Creativity (C3) Con – September 8 – 10
Do you write about creatures or crime? Then the Creatures, Crimes and Creativity (C3) Con is the place for you! Meet and network with established authors of the genre as you learn crucial tips. You’ll learn more about the craft and acquire effective marketing knowledge at the same time.
Penned Con – September 29
Authors from all different backgrounds, from indie to traditional, are featured on the panels. And you will be able to hone your craft through the interactive workshops. Proceeds from the Penned Con benefit Action For Autism.
Self Or Indie Publishing: Answering The Big Questions – June 19 – 22
From layout to pricing, this workshop, led by indie author Darcy Pattison, answers your questions about how to become a successful self-published author. One-on-one mentoring from a published guest will also be available.
The Independent Authors Conference – Nov 3 – 5
Five hundred independent authors will share their experiences and the practical skills they have acquired. Participate in workshops, panel discussions, and keynote presentations.
These are just a few sources to consider in your quest for self-publishing expertise. If the thought of navigating the self-publishing process still seems overwhelming, contact us at Self-Publishing Relief. With over twenty-three years of experience working with authors, we can guide you through each step of the self-publishing journey!
*Note: Self-Publishing Relief cannot attest to the validity or claims made by organizers of the above-mentioned resources.
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