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Indie Lit: The first-ever BookBaby Independent Authors Conference Launches in the Historic Publishing Hub of Philadelphia, PA

BookBaby, the full-stack, independent author-focused self-publishing service, wants the world to know: There’s a whole universe of independent authors out there, many of them successful publishing entrepreneurs. These authors are creating their own ecosystems and audiences, reaching people in grassroots ways and by storming bestseller lists in major news outlets.

This new space demands new ideas and tactics, which is why BookBaby is launching the first-ever 2017 BookBaby Independent Authors Conference. On November 3-5, 2017, independent authors from across the world will meet in the cradle of America’s book business, downtown Philadelphia, to learn about the publishing process, from first manuscript page to final marketing push.

“This conference is shaping up to be one of the biggest self-publishing events of the year,” enthuses Steven Spatz, BookBaby CEO. “From a self-help author in Alaska to a sci-fi author in Nigeria, authors from all over the world are coming to Philly for a weekend of knowledge, growth, and lasting connections.”

The conference is focusing first and foremost on actionable advice that authors can implement the second they leave the workshop or panel. “Often, a meetup or conference can focus on pathways to traditional publishing deals, or on abstract, state-of-the-industry issues,” Spatz notes. “We want authors to come away empowered, connected, and excited to try new approaches to building a meaningful career as an independent author.”

Sessions will address crowdfunding and other ways to finance your book project, how to craft a spot-on blurb, how to market online, how to find and use book reviews, and how to figure out who exactly a book’s audience might be. Self-published New York Times bestselling authors will discuss their journeys, and industry veterans will give writing and marketing advice, gleaned from decades in the business.

The event is geared toward authors, but offers others interested in the industry a substantial overview of the state of self-publishing, a field that has shifted at lightning speed. “The indie market is a global phenomenon, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds year over year,” says Spatz. “It’s shaping traditional publishing, while offering a real alternative for writers who want to do things their way.”

What can attendees expect?

Meet the speakers

  • Scott Bilker
  • Lucy Briggs
  • Rochelle Carter
  • Hope Clark
  • Nancy Erickson
  • Grant Faulkner
  • Joel Friedlander
  • Janet Goldstein
  • Shelley Hitz
  • Carolyn Howard-Johnson
  • Dana Kaye
  • Carla King
  • Elizabeth Marshall
  • Patricia Moosbrugger
  • Ally Nathaniel
  • Eva Lesko Natiello
  • Sandra Poirier Smith
  • Miral Sattar
  • Steven Spatz
  • Brooke Warner

Independent authors can purchase their tickets here:

About BookBaby: BookBaby makes self-publishing easy: From book printingeBooks, distribution, cover design, and now editing. Since 2011, we’ve helped thousands realize their publishing goals, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

BookBaby creates and distributes your printed books and eBooks to the largest distribution network, including Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and many other popular retailers worldwide. You’ll keep 100% of your book’s net sales, and retain all rights and creative control.

Best of all, you can call us at 1-877-961-6878 and talk through the process with a real human being–a fellow writer who’s invested in the success of your book.