Upcoming publisher and author events to consider

As we leave the polar vortex behind us and dream of spring-like temperatures and blooming daffodils, it's time to get our calendars in order. If you are an author/publisher, then you should really consider attending at least one industry event this year as a way to stay current with the lightening-speed change in the publishing world, as well as to invigorate and fill you with all kinds of new marketing ideas for your book. 

Here are a few upcoming events that you should consider attending, which also happen to be taking place in some great American cities. Try to add a day or two to your trip and benefit from a much deserved mini-vacation too! 

1. IBPA Publishing University conference, March 21-22, 2014, San Francisco, Sheraton Fishermen's Wharf Hotel

As a member of the Independent Book Publishers Assoc., I can't say enough about how important of a resource they are for authors and publishers. This year's gathering promises to include new information about how to get your content published, distributed, and read; experiential workshops that bring your cover, description, and pitch into the picture; and crucial peer-to-peer networking to strengthen your connections, influence, and resolve.

2. BookExpo America, May 29-31, 2014, Jarvis Center, New York City

BEA is the #1 book and author event in the USA, offering access to new titles, authors, and education about the publishing industry. It runs over 4 days with 500+ authors, hundreds of new titles, and 1,000+ exhibitors. Also, new this year is the Publisher Discovery Zone and uPubU Author Hub created exclusively for entrepreneurial self-published authors to have a presence on the BEA trade show floor to network and benefit from special programming.

3. American Library Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014

This is your chance to learn about one of the most important books buyers out there: libraries! The conference will talk about the transformation of libraries and books, and provide lots of networking opportunities.

San Francisco, New York, and Las Vegas...sounds like fun! 

Stacey D. Atkinson is the author of the newly released novel Stuck, which she published via her independent company Mirror Image Publishing. 

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