Explore the increasingly lucrative world of self-publishing.

We’re bringing the WD Self-Publishing Conference to the West Coast for the first time ever!

Whether you are already self-publishing, considering self-publishing, or are a traditionally published author looking to take advantage of the explosive self-publishing landscape, be sure to attend this one-day event taking place the day before Writer’s Digest Conference West!
You’ll learn about the tremendous changes taking place in the self-publishing industry and in the public perception of self-published books. You’ll meet publishers, literary agents, editors, authors and marketing gurus with a lot to say about how to self-publish wisely and market your book effectively for maximum sales.
We’re still putting the finishing touches on this year’s WD Self-Publishing Conference program. Check back often, and be sure to sign up for the Writer’s Digest Conference e-newsletter for updates!

2013 Writer's Digest Self-Publishing Conference Agenda

Friday, September 27, 2013
8:00 - 9:00: Registration and Exhibits

9:00 - 9:10: Self-Publishing Now
Speaker: Phil Sexton
In this brief introduction to the Writer’s Digest Self-Publishing Conference, Writer’s Digest Publisher Phil Sexton provides an eye-opening look at the current state of indie-publishing, self-published authors, and social media marketing.

9:10 - 10:00: The Devil's in the Details: How Metadata Can Make or Break Your Career
Speaker: Rebecca Albani
What do we mean by “metadata” and why is it so important? Can it really make the difference between your financial success or failure as a writer? In this eye-opening session, you’ll learn why the tiniest details can make the biggest difference. The metadata you choose to upload about your book to distributors, retailers, and anyone else you expect to sell on your behalf dictates who discovers your work, when they find it, where, and how easily. Poor data can keep your book from ever being found by readers – even if you’ve written an award-worthy piece of work. For self-published authors, it’s one of the most important aspects of the self-publishing process. Miss this session at your peril!

10:00 - 10:50: Writing and Editing the Breakaway Self-Published Book
Speaker: Ivory Madison
Writing, editing, and marketing are very different skills, utilizing different aspects of your personality (and literally different parts of your brain). Before the marketing side of self-publishing is on the table, you first need a great book. You already know you must write and edit your book with the same high standards as if it were traditionally published. But without the benefit of a trusted agent, editors, and copyeditors, that can be challenging--it's challenging for all authors. Red Room CEO and Editor in Chief Ivory Madison will share the "Red Room Method," which helps you blast through writer's block to become a great writer, and quickly develop into a razor-sharp editor of your own work, skills that will empower you for a lifetime.

11:00 - 11:50: The Value of Agents to the Self-Published Author
Speaker: Gordon Warnock
You might think that once you’ve decided to self-publish that you no longer need an agent. In this important and revealing session, industry leaders detail exactly what agents bring to the table when it comes to self-published authors – and why you still need one!

11:50 - 12:50: Exhibits and Lunch Break on your own

Mythbusting: Traditional Publishing vs. DIY Publishing
In this eye-opening session, Roy M. Carlisle, a veteran of 36 years in traditional publishing, dispels the myths about self publishing and examines the bold truth about why DIY options are trumping traditional publishing in very important, career-making ways. Roy is joined by his daughter Vanessa, a published novelist, LA based social justice activist, and scholar.  Vanessa's goal is to promote new thinking about fiction writing and the goals of self publishing. This father/daughter team deliver a 1-2 punch that will inspire your writing and publishing efforts.

1:40 - 2:30: Panel: Congratulations! You Published It - Now How Do You Sell It?
Speakers: Porter Anderson (Moderator), Jon Fine, Nina Amir, Eric DelaBarre, Ivory Madison, Bill Van Orsdel
You worked hard to find the best self-publishing platform for your needs made sure that your final manuscript, cover, and copy were just right. Now your book is about available for purchase – or soon will be – and you haven’t a clue as to what to do next. What can you do to help ensure that people find your book? What is discoverability and how to you maximize it? And what makes the difference between readers saying “not interested” and “I’ve got to have that?”

2:40 - 3:30: Panel: The New Frontiers of Self-Publishing
Panelists:Phil Sexton(Moderator), Amanda Barbara, Gordon Warnock, Dara Beevas, Keith Ogorek, Dan Dillon, Ashleigh Gardner
In this forward-thinking panel, a group of experts and industry insiders will tell you where self publishing is headed and how it will affect you. You’ll learn about new models and methods for self-publishing, how the industry is changing, the recent adoption of self-publishing divisions by traditional publishers, and how the balance of power will continue to swing toward self-published authors.

2 Easy Ways to Attend

1) Add-On. Already attending Writer's Digest Conference West? Save more when you add the Writer's Digest Self-Publishing Conference to your current registration for $199 early bird price, $229 regular price, $249 on-site price.

2) Stand-Alone. If you haven't already registered for the entire conference and would prefer to attend only the one-day Writer's Digest Self-Publishing Conference, for $249 early bird price, $299 regular price, $349 on-site price.

Register for the Self-Publishing Conference now.