16th October, 2020

2020 Independent Publishing Conference: 26 & 27 November


The 2020 Independent Publishing Conference will be held entirely online on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2020. This will be the ninth consecutive year for the conference, the only annual industry-wide event for the book publishing sector in Australia.

Ticket sales are now live at https://www.trybooking.com/BMBCB. There are deep discounts for all SPN members, students and the unwaged.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Sam Missingham (below), founder of the UK-based marketing agency The Empowered Author. Sam is widely known as ‘The best-connected person in book publishing’. She will speak on the themes of ‘resilience and recovery’ as we begin to contemplate a post-Covid world.

Sam Missingham

The conference will conclude with a state of the industry discussion featuring the heads of the Australian Publishing Association, Australian Society of Authors, Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Library and Information Association.

Across the two days, the conference will host a wide range of other speakers, who will deliver presentations on topics such as Women of Colour in publishing, publishing opportunities in South East Asia, metadata best-practice, and a roundtable on the university press sector.

Also, the announcement of the shortlist for the inaugural 2020 Book of the Year Award will take place on the evening of Thursday 26 November. This will be a free online event, but please book tickets at https://www.trybooking.com/BMBCB.

Full program details will be announced shortly.

The 2019 conference was hailed as a great success by all involved. See below for details.

Click here to read Books+Publishing‘s report (B+P subscribers only).

The Independent Publishing Conference is generously supported by Copyright Agency.

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