Three Days of Community

Over 400 writers, authors, industry leaders, and publishing experts united in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last November for a weekend of inspiration, encouragement, networking, and a lifetime’s worth of knowledge. A lot took place over the course of just three days—see what everyone had to say...

What can you expect?



Hear from more than 20 successful self-published authors and industry thought leaders.



Comprehensive, on-site workshops and panels focused on publishing and marketing your book.



Opportunities to connect with hundreds of fellow writers and expand your writing network.


Q + A

Open discussions with real publishing experts ready to answer your questions.

Old City. New ideas.

See what this year’s Independent Authors Conference is bringing to Philadelphia’s most historic district.

You’ve probably noticed our emails and promotions for the upcoming Independent Authors Conference. I can hardly wait for the first weekend of November when hundreds of authors and aspiring authors descend on Philadelphia. BookBaby has invited the best and brightest in today’s publishing world to share their insights, strategies, and insider tips.

So what do I need to explain about the conference? Simply this: Why our ticket price is so darn cheap—just $299.

I’ve attended dozens of conferences around the US and Europe. Similar writer events like the Willamette Writers or San Francisco Writers Conference are double—even triple—the price of our admission. When you add on travel and hotel expenses, the costs really go up. If you’re one of those people who think, “you get what you pay for,” you might think our price is TOO low.

But it’s not. We’ve deliberately established an almost too-good-to-believe price. From day one we wanted IAC18 to be accessible. Our goal was to keep the ticket price low so that nearly anyone interested in learning about self-publishing could attend. It’s one way BookBaby can give back to the writers’ community and help grow the self-publishing marketplace. And I promise you that this is not a weekend-long promotion of our company. This conference is dedicated to empowering and educating writers who want to know more about becoming authors, plain and simple.

At $299, this is one case where you are going to get a LOT more than what you’ve paid for.

And if you need one more reason why you should come to Philadelphia this fall, here’s a blog post I wrote about why attending at least one writer’s conference can be critical to your success as an author.


Sandra Smith, President, Smith Publicity

“What a wonderful event. The attendees were passionate, kind and curious—great group of people. Your BookBaby staff was incredibly positive, professional, and personable (inside the booth and even in the hotel’s lobby). Looking forward your 2018 conference and again, well done!”


Scott Bilker, Author/Publisher, BookLemur

“The IAC was an awesome event for BookLemur to sponsor and exhibit! There were lines of people waiting to talk to us the entire show. At the event we gave away nearly all the promotional material we brought, pads, pens, flyers, card decks. In fact, we had a total of 124 people sign up for our list. Start to finish it’s a top-notch event. You can be sure I’ll be there next year because I’ll bet there will be three times as many attendees when the word of mouth gets around about this event.”


Elizabeth Marshall, CEO, Book Breakthrough

I love what BookBaby has created here: there’s incredible people, great speakers, and they are really helping authors not just to get their book out there in an excellent way, but showing them that strategic pathway to have staying power, which is what I care about very much. So I highly encourage you to check out BookBaby in general and next year’s event!