The 8th Self-Publishing Conference

Booking for the 2020 Conference is now open.

The conference takes place on Saturday 25th April 2020.

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 eighth year, the conference is supported and sponsored by many familiar names, including Writers’ & Artists’, Nielsen, Matador, the Historical Novel Society, The Book Guild Ltd and Indie.Go.co.uk. The event attracts experienced professionals from the worlds of editing, marketing, production, design and distribution. In 2020 we welcome speakers from, among others, The Booksellers Association, the Society of Authors and the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

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 publication. 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 them.

Previous years have seen overwhelmingly positive feedback for the event, and it tends to sell out quickly. In 2020, the cost of attending is £75.00, with ‘early-bird’ booking available at a rate of £65.00 between 2nd December and 6th January 2020. Full details of the conference speakers and sessions can be found on this website, along with a registration form. In addition, we have made many resources from previous years’ events available in our resource centre.

2020 sees an Author Panel, featuring mainstream, partnership and self-published authors, discussing the different routes to publication and the benefits of each; along with an Industry Panel, looking at how to avoid the sharks in the industry.

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/afternoon tea and cake
  • Hot and cold lunch buffet
  • Free drinks reception
  • Access to over 15 presentations
  • Access to Matador ‘masterclasses’
  • An author panel on publishing success
  • An industry panel on avoiding self-publishing sharks
  • 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, Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook), Bridget Shine (Chief Executive, The Independent Publisher’s Guild), Orna Ross (Alliance of Independent Authors), Mick Rooney (The Independent Publishing Magazine), Angus Phillips (Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies) and Caroline Sanderson (The Bookseller magazine).

Other previous speakers include Cressida Downing (The Book Analyst), James Peak (Essential Music), Aki Schilz (The Literary Consultancy), Louise Jordan (The Writers’ Advice Centre for Children), Clive Herbert (Nielsen Book), Dr Alison Baverstock (Kingston University), Debbie Young (Alliance of Independent Authors), Stephen Booth (crime author), Jane Corry (author), Kate Nash (Nash Literary Agency), Andy Vosper (Sales Director TJ International Print), and many others.

Speakers offer advice and expertise on everything from making sales and getting book reviews, to publishing an ebook and editing manuscripts. There is usually time throughout the day to get to speak to speakers on an informal basis during breaks.

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

Delegate feedback…

@StephenBooth – Stephen Booth (crime author)

An event overflowing with advice and information for writers.

@HelenSalsbury – Helen Salsbury

The Conference was fabulous. We met lots of inspirational people, enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and leant a great deal from well-chosen experts.

@LindaFawke – Linda Fawke

Great conference. Good to attend so many useful sessions and chat to other writers. Would thoroughly recommend this annual conference – reasonably priced too.

@mgvaciago

Without a doubt the most informative and educational day learning about all aspects of self-publishing. Met lots of inspiring people and learned a lot about the journey ahead. I will be definitely be attending the 8th conference.

Speakers at the 2020 conference…


Speakers attending the 8th Self-Publishing Conference include…

SOPHIE HANNAH

AUTHOR

PAUL A MENDELSON

AUTHOR/SCRIPTWRITER

MERYL HALLS

THE BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION

BALI RAI

AUTHOR

STUART EVERS

NETGALLEY

Kate Nash

LITERARY AGENT

SARAH TAYLOR

BERKELEY COMMUNICATIONS

ANDY VOSPER

TJ INTERNATIONAL LTD

AIDAN MORRISSEY

AUTHOR

CLIVE HERBERT

NIELSEN BOOK

ALYSOUN OWEN

WRITERS & ARTISTS YEARBOOK

CRESSIDA DOWNING

THE BOOK ANALYST

ROSIE LOWE

TROUBADOR PUBLISHING, PRODUCTION

JOE SHILLITO

TROUBADOR PUBLISHING, PRODUCTION

ALEXA DAVIES

TROUBADOR PUBLISHING, MARKETING

STEPHANIE CARR

TROUBADOR PUBLISHING, DIGITAL SERVICES

STEVE MOORE

AUTHOR

JACK WEDGBURY

TROUBADOR PUBLISHING, DESIGN

ANDREA JOHNSON

TROUBADOR PUBLISHING, DIGITAL SERVICES

JOSHUA HOWEY

TROUBADOR PUBLISHING, PRODUCTION

PHILIPPA ILIFFE

THE BOOK GUILD LTD, MARKETING

CHELSEA TAYLOR

TROUBADOR PUBLISHING, PRODUCTION

MEGAN LOCKWOOD-JONES

TROUBADOR PUBLISHING, DIGITAL SERVICES

SOPHIE MORGAN

TROUBADOR PUBLISHING, MARKETING