IPNE’s 9th Annual Conference is
Nov. 18–19, 2022

Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) Conference panel

Are you planning on writing a book, in the process, or are you just curious about the process of getting a manuscript to an audience?

Whether you publish traditionally or on your own, you’ll likely be in charge of things like your own publicity and marketing, for example, or and you’ll need to know about book design, “meta data,” ISBNs, and book launches. The two days of sessions on the publishing process will be capped by our Annual Book Awards.

At the 9th Annual IPNE Publishers & Writers Conference, we’re bringing in speakers like who have “been there, done that,” and are eager to share their expertise to help you flatten your learning curve. 

Topics and speakers are pretty well set for 2022, but things can change, and we always welcome ideas for next year, so:

  • If you’d like to suggest a topic, please fill out this form.
  • If you’d like to volunteer to speak or want to recommend someone, please fill out this form. 

Our experts will present on topics such as:

  • Publishing with the help of IngramSpark
  • Book promotion including “BookTok” and book trailers
  • Book and cover design
  • Building & serving your mailing list
  • Using Kickstarter to fund your book
  • Getting book reviews
  • How to avoid predatory “Hybrid” publishers
  • Using KDP and Amazon best practices
  • Copyright, public domain, and other legal topics
  • And much more!

Make Better Books & Sell More of Them” is the theme of the 2022 Conference (on Zoom), coming online on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19. The fee is affordable, and you don’t need to be a publisher, published author, or even a New Englander to join the virtual crowd.

Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) is excited to announce the dates and give some info on this year’s Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) Conference. We’ll be having all our events on Zoom starting Friday afternoon, November 18th, and continuing Saturday morning through the evening, culminating with the 9th Annual IPNE Book Awards.

Along with the gratification and marketing opportunities that indies receive by winning a respected book award, finalists and winners are showcased on the IPNE website for one year, and they receive a 2022 IPNE Book Award e-medallion for display on social media channels, websites, book covers, and marketing materials. IPNE honors the winners at the annual IPNE Book Awards ceremony. The submissions period runs from April 14 to June 30.

Each book will be judged by three independent judges, drawn from a panel of literary scholars, librarians, and other qualified reviewers selected by IPNE’s Book Awards Committee.

All entries will compete within their categories, and also for the top prize of IPNE Book of the Year.

Read about last year’s IPNE Book Award winners!

About the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE)

The Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) is an organization of professionals, authors, and companies who collaborate to help each other learn and succeed in the independent book publishing field.

The IPNE Book Awards continue to be a favorite of IPNE members and other indie publishers. Winning a book award or being named a finalist not only brings a sense of personal validation but provides countless opportunities for promoting and marketing your book!


Depending on the number of submissions for a category, IPNE reserves the right to combine, divide, or otherwise modify the award categories. In the event that categories are added for a particular genre, consolidated, or eliminated, the submission will be judged in the category(ies) most relevant to the submission(s). IPNE’s Book Awards are facilitated by a volunteer committee that is made up of IPNE members and governed by the IPNE Board of Directors.