The Self-Publishing Conference

The UK's only dedicated self-publishing event.

The next conference will take place on Saturday April 9th 2022.


Access to over 15 presentations, including Matador 'masterclasses'.


An author panel on publishing success, and an industry panel on avoiding self-publishing sharks.

Food and drink

Food and drink provided, including morning coffee/afternoon tea and cake, hot and cold lunch buffet, and free drinks reception.

Goody bag

Take home a delegates 'goody bag' with information and freebies.


Meet experts from the industry and other like minded authors.

What to expect at the conference

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 in 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 The event attracts experienced professionals from the worlds of editing, marketing, production, design and distribution. The 2020 and 2021 conferences have had to be cancelled because of the ongoing Covid 19 situation, but at the 2022 conference we welcome speakers from, among others, The Booksellers Association, the Society of Authors, the Writers Guild of Great Britain, the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook, and bestselling fiction author Sophie Hannah.

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 2022, the cost of attending will be £85.00, with an 'early-bird' registration of just £75.00 until 1st December 2021. 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.

2022 will see an Industry Panel discussing the different routes to publication and the benefits of each, and how to avoid the sharks in the industry.

An event overflowing with advice and information for writers.

@StephenBooth – Stephen Booth (crime author)

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

@HelenSalsbury – Helen Salsbury

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

@LindaFawke – Linda Fawke

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.