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Summer Events for Authors

We attend conferences for many reasons and recommend you do the same. Conferences are all about being part of the conversation and that means participating by speaking but also by listening to those in attendance. There’s always something to be gained by attending a conference you’re interested in and which promises to help sharpen your craft.

Why We Attend Conferences

We value the opportunity to hear our fellow professionals share their insights on the current state of the industry and its forward progress. There is always opportunity for growth and development and what better way to do that then at a conference of a couple thousand like-minded individuals? Conferences are a time to meet writers, authors, and publishers who make up the creative force that is the publishing industry. It’s a time to connect with other members of the publishing community and build relationships. We go for all of these things but also to simply help self-publishers publish better.

Here are a few hot author events this summer for you to converse one-on-one with IngramSpark and with a wealth of other publishing professionals.

Romance Writers of America 2016 | July 13 – 16 | San Diego, CA

Every year over 2,000 writers and industry professionals come from all over the world to attend Romance Writers of America's Annual 4-day Conference which features nationally recognized speakers, special events, and over 100 career-focused workshops.

If you'll be there, be sure to stop by the IngramSpark booth at Booth #3. We’d love the chance to speak with you in person. Also, check out these events in which we’ll be participating:

Digital and IRL Distribution and Sales Channels
July 14 @ 12:15 p.m.

Speaker: Josh Floyd (IngramSpark)

From delivering digital to deploying books on the ground – this session will look at the state of various sales channel options including online, chain, and indie brick and mortar stores, and special sales of all sorts.

Breathing Life into Your Print Sales
July 15 @ 11:00 a.m.

Speakers: Josh Floyd (IngramSpark), Leah Hultenschmidt (Grand Central), Brent Lewis (Harlequin), Margaret Terwey (Books-a-Million)

Print isn’t dead, but the print market has definitely changed. A panel of industry experts look at the trends, strengths and weaknesses affecting the print market both in brick-and-mortar venues and online, and discuss what strategies work (or don’t work) to increase sales.

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference | August 12 – 14 | New York, NY

The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference offers everything you need to advance creatively and professionally as a writer—no matter what stage of your career. And it’s all brought to you by Writer’s Digest, the experts at nurturing and developing new writers for more than 90 years.

Be sure to stop by the IngramSpark booth at Booth #5 and check out our participation in this panel:

Getting Real About Self-Publishing
August 13 @ 3:00 p.m.

Panelists: Josh Floyd (IngramSpark) and Ben Sobieck

An attendee favorite each and every year – not to be missed if you’re interested in self-publishing! Listen in as industry experts and bestselling self-published authors discuss the trials and tribulations – the reality – of indie publishing. You’ll hear the real dirt on just what it takes to succeed, what pitfalls to avoid, and what small victories you might experience along the way to self-publishing success.

Ask your questions, get real, unvarnished answers, and discover how to overcome the challenges and revel in the benefits that this method of publishing brings.