We can’t wait to greet the 500 published and aspiring authors expected to descend on Philadelphia this fall for the 2018 Independent Authors Conference (#indieauthorcon). This years IAC takes place November 2-4 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel. If you haven’t already, you can register online for the conference and workshops.
Conference Scholarship Contest
This year, to encourage young writers to pursue a career in writing and publishing, the IAC is presenting a Conference Scholarship Contest for high school and college students. Five winners will get full VIP access to attend the three-day conference and workshops.
The IAC Conference Scholarship winners will receive:
- An IAC All Access Pass which will grant unlimited access to 35 keynote addresses, workshops, and panels.
- Lunch on Saturday. Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? And since this one is on BookBaby President Steven Spatz (at the Philadelphia Sheraton), the students will get some personal insights into the publishing industry.
Students can apply for a scholarship by writing a 250-word essay on the topic of “Why books and writing are important in the year 2018.”
Essays should be submitted by email to email@example.com by Monday, October 1, 2018. The contest is open to any college or high school student in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New York state.
This year’s headlining IAC speakers include:
Joanna Penn helps authors make a living with their writing through her best-selling books, courses, and podcast. She’s an award-winning entrepreneur and acclaimed professional speaker who also writes best-selling thrillers and dark fantasy novels.
Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. According to Publishers Weekly, Friedman’s latest book, The Business of Being a Writer, is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.”
Dana Kaye is known for her innovative ideas and knowledge of current publishing trends. A sought-after speaker on the topics of social media, branding, and publishing, her commentary has been featured on websites like The Huffington Post, Little Pink Book, and NBC Chicago.
Steven Spatz (Keynote Speaker)
Steven Spatz is a writer, marketer, President of BookBaby, and loves a good free lunch.
“The Indie Author Conference is the only event devoted entirely to self publishing,” says Spatz. “We’ve invited the best and brightest minds in publishing to share their knowledge and insights with our attendees. It’s going to be an amazing weekend for authors to learn, network, and make lasting connections with their fellow writers. It’s a must-attend event for anyone interested in publishing his or her own book.”
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