The 5th Self-Publishing Conference

The annual Self-Publishing Conference is the perfect day out for authors thinking about, or already involved in, self-publishing their work. Whether going it alone or using a self-publishing company, the many varied sessions on a broad range of topics will be invaluable to those at the start of the process or who are already seasoned self-publishers.

The 5th Self-Publishing Conference takes place on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at the University of Leicester.

What to expect at the conference…

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The Self-Publishing Conference is the UK’s only dedicated self-publishing event, offering authors a chance to find out about a wide range of publishing options, to hear from and question those who work within the thriving self-publishing world, and to network with fellow authors, many of whom will already be experienced self-publishers.

Now it its fifth year, the conference is supported and sponsored by many familiar names, including the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, Nielsen, Matador and Writing Magazine. The event attracts experienced professionals from the worlds of editing, marketing, production, design and distribution.

The informal event aims to educate, inform and inspire authors who are publishing their own work, or who are considering that as a route to market. The day attracts a wide variety of authors, from fiction to children’s, non-fiction to business, and the day is structured so that delegates can choose those sessions through the day that are of the most relevance to their own requirements.

Previous years have seen overwhelmingly positive feedback for the event, and it tends to sell out quickly. In 2017, the cost of attending is again £65.00, with this year an ‘early-bird’ discount for those registering before the 31st December 2016 of just £55.00. Full details of the conference speakers and sessions can be found on this website, along with a registration form should you wish to register. In addition, we have made many resources from previous years’ events available in our resource centre.

 

Input from industry experts

A choice of sessions for authors…

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For most authors the prospect of publishing your own work can be daunting. Book or ebook? Print ‘on demand’ or print in advance to enable bookshop distribution? Editing, layout, cover design, marketing, getting books sold… few people can be experts in all aspects of self-publishing, which is why most authors considering this route choose to seek expert help to fill gaps in their own knowledge.

The Self-Publishing Conference offers something for most authors, with sessions on all aspects of publishing, ranging from writing through production, marketing and distribution, and all points in between. In addition, the event offers a unique opportunity for authors to meet with like-minded people, to swap ideas, hear from and ask questions of those working within the self-publishing world, and to spend time with other authors… writing can be a lonely occupation!

The conference is designed so that delegates can tailor the day to suit their own particular knowledge gaps, all within an informal and relaxed atmosphere. As well as over 16 sessions to choose from, the registration fee includes all refreshments, lunch, a drinks reception and a ‘goody bag’!

Included in the event…

  • Morning coffee
  • Hot and cold lunch buffet
  • Drinks reception
  • Access to over 16 presentations
  • Networking opportunities
  • A delegates’ ‘goody bag’ with information and freebies…

Find out which sessions you can choose…

Sessions

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Input from experienced professionals…

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The annual self-publishing conference attracts speakers from across the self-publishing industry. Previous keynote speakers have included Alysoun Owen (Editor, W&A Yearbook), Bridget Shine (Chief Exec, The Independent Publisher’s Guild), Mick Rooney (The Independent Publishing Magazine), and Caroline Sanderson (The Bookseller magazine).

Other previous speakers include Cressida Downing (The Book Analyst), James Peak (Essential Music), Louise Jordan (The Writers’ Advice Centre for Children), Clive Herbert (Nielsen Book), Dr Alison Baverstock (Kingston University), Debbie Young (Alliance of Independent Authors), Andy Vosper (Chief Executive TJ International Print), and many others. Between them, speakers offer advice and expertise on everything from making sales and getting book reviews, to publishing an ebook and editing manuscripts.

All speakers are happy to share their expertise and experience, good and bad, with delegates; indeed, there are many authors who attend the event who have already self-published and who are more than happy to discuss their experiences with other delegates.

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Delegate feedback…

@LizBowerAuthor – Liz Bower

Had a great day at the ‪#SelfPubConf‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ & got lots to think about doing!

@CoachingDB – Danielle Barbereau (author)

Thank you Sarah Taylor and David Faulds for fantastic session [email protected] ‪#selfpubconf‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

@ArcadeStarlet – Chrissey Harrison

Having an excellent time at ‪#selfpubconf‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬. Definitely planning to come back next year!

This year’s speakers…


Speakers attending the 5th Self-Publishing Conference include…

Ginny Carter

The Author Maker

ROSIE BURBRIDGE

FOX WILLIAMS LLP

ANGUS PHILLIPS

DIRECTOR, OXFORD INT. CENTRE FOR PUBLISHING STUDIES

ANDREW LOWE

AUTHOR AND EDITOR

JULIA ECCLESHARE

CHILDREN’S BOOKS EDITOR – The GUARDIAN

ALYSOUN OWEN

EDITOR, WRITERS’ AND ARTISTS’ YEARBOOK

Angela Fish

Independent author

ALICE JOLLY

NOVELIST AND PLAYWRIGHT

LOUISE JORDAN

THE WRITERS’ ADVICE CENTRE FOR CHILDREN

Alice Graham

ASSISTANT MARKETING MANAGER, MATADOR

JAMES PEAK

Essential Music

Cressida Downing

The Book Analyst

Daniel Norris

Digital Manager, Matador

JEREMY THOMPSON

MANAGING DIRECTOR, TROUBADOUR PUBLISHING

ANDY VOSPER

EXECUTIVE, TJ INTERNATIONAL

RACHEL GREGORY

EBOOK MANAGER, MATADOR

BEN CAMERON

CAMERON PUBLICITY AND MARKETING

Chelsea Taylor

Production Manager, Matador

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