The 6th Self-Publishing Conference

The 6th Self-Publishing Conference will take place on Saturday 28th April 2018 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 sixth 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 2018, the cost of attending is again £65.00. 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
  • Free 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, Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook), Bridget Shine (Chief Executive, The Independent Publisher’s Guild), 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), 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 ‪@matadorbooks‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‪#selfpubconf‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

@ArcadeStarlet – Chrissey Harrison

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

This year’s speakers…


Speakers attending the 6th Self-Publishing Conference include…

James Spackman

Publishing Consultant

MORGAN BAILEY

AUTHOR AND COMPETITION JUDGE

MIKE BASTIN

CREATIVE CONSULTANT

ANDY BROMLEY

INGRAM CONTENT GROUP

ALISON CHISHOLM

POET AND COLUMNIST

CRESSIDA DOWNING

THE BOOK ANALYST

PIP ILIFFE

The Book Guild Ltd

HELEN LEWIS

Literally PR

ASHLEY LISTER

CREATIVE WRITING TUTOR

MEGAN LOCKWOOD-JONES

EBOOKS, TROUBADOR PUBLISHING LTD

ROSIE LOWE

PRODUCTION, TROUBADOR PUBLISHING LTD

ANGUS PHILLIPS

OXFORD INT. CENTRE FOR PUBLISHING STUDIES

MOLLY FLATT

Author and Journalist

ANDREW DAVIS

THE BRITISH LIBRARY

STEPHANIE CARR

EBOOKS, TROUBADOUR PUBLISHING LTD

JOE SHILLITO

PRODUCTION, TROUBADOUR PUBLISHING LTD

AKI SCHILZ

THE LITERARY CONSULTANCY

CHELSEA TAYLOR

PRODUCTION MANAGER, TROUBADOR PUBLISHING LTD

JEREMY THOMPSON

MANAGING DIRECTOR, TROUBADOR PUBLISHING LTD

JONATHAN WHITE

MARKETING MANAGER, TROUBADOR PUBLISHING LTD

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