05 May 2017

Self-Publishing Conference 2017

April 22nd and on a sunny spring day, 130 delegates arrived at Stamford Court Conference Center, Leicester for the 5th Self-Publishing Conference.

Organized and hosted by Troubador Publishing, the event is supported and sponsored by Writers’ & Artists’, Writing Magazine, The Self-Publishing Magazine, Cameron Publicity and Marketing, Nielsen, TJ International, The Book Guild and is now recognized as one of the premier events for self-publishing indie authors in the UK.

In addition to Keynote presentations by leading industry figures, the conference gave delegates a choice of 16 breakout sessions across the day, on topics ranging from cover design to avoiding getting sued as a writer, from marketing to getting copyright clearance, to selling your book to retailers… there really was something for everyone.

The wonderful speakers included Alysoun Owen (Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook), Jonathan Griffen (Publishers Licensing Society), Rosie Burbage (Fox Williams LLP), Julia Eccleshare (Public Lending Right) Chelsea Taylor and Jonathan White (Matador) and some popular interactive sessions led by Ginny Carter (The Author Maker), James Peak (Essential Music) and Marian Molteno (indie author).

This years’ Keynote Speaker was Angus Philips (Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies), who started the day with some thought-provoking facts and figures, touching upon trends and the future of the book. Clive Herbert (Nielsen) gave delegates some food for thought in his important Plenary Session on Metadata, and how having the right data, at the right time, can significantly improve book sales.

Troubador staff live-tweeted the event, as well as videoed key speakers for a Self-Publishing Conversations series; all resources and photographs will be available via the Self-Publishing Conference website, www.selfpublishingconference.co.uk If you missed this year’s event, next year the conference takes place on Saturday 28th April 2018 – don’t miss it!

We had some fantastic feedback over the course of the day, so I’ll leave you with the words of a 2017 delegate, Shelley Wilson, who blogged about the conference:

‘As we all made our way to the closing drinks reception, there was a buzz of motivation among the crowd. We had all come away with some nugget of wisdom, an abundance of networking contacts, and a rekindled passion to return to our keyboards. I was incredibly impressed with this event, from an organisational aspect as well as a delegate. I will be booking a return trip as soon as the ticket sales are announced for 2018 and if you’re serious about your self-publishing career, I’d suggest you do the same.’

You can read Shelley’s full blog post here: https://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2017/04/23/review-of-the-selfpublishing-conference-hosted-by-matadorbooks-sundayblogshare/

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