IPNE’s 12th Annual Conference is Nov. 3–4, 2023

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Are you planning on writing a book, in the process of writing one, or just curious about how to go from a manuscript to finished work?

Whether you publish traditionally or on your own, you’ll likely be in charge of things like your own publicity and marketing, or and you’ll need to know about book design, metadata, ISBNs, and book launches.

At the 12th Annual IPNE Publishers & Writers Conference, we’re bringing in speakers who’ve “been there, done that,” speakers who’re eager to share their expertise to help you flatten your learning curve.

  • 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 101 — The Basics
  • Value of Book Marketing Analytics
  • Finding and Working with Agents Marketing
  • Chat.GPT – Copyright Considerations
  • Leveraging Artificial Intelligence
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Podcasting and Live Streaming
  • Audiobook Production/ Distribution
  • Distribution Platforms & Strategies 
  • Grants & Crowdfunding
  • Leveraging Relationships with Bookstores
  • Getting Away from Amazon: Create Your Own Store
  • Diversify Your Formats
  • Book Design & Formatting
  • Networking Events
  • and more!

Make Better Books & Sell More of Them” is the theme of the 2023 conference, coming to you via Zoom  on Friday and Saturday, November 3rd and 4th. The fee is affordable, and you don’t need to be a publisher, a published author, or even a New Englander to join the virtual crowd.

Our program includes experts and leaders from across the industry, certain to educate and inspire—including presentations from Jeniffer Thompson, Deon McAdoo, Hank Marcacci and Paula Diaco; plus a dozens of other industry experts.

The Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) is excited to announce the dates and give some info on this year’s conference. We’ll be having all our events on Zoom starting Friday afternoon, November 3rd, and continuing Saturday morning through the evening.

IPNE’s 12th Annual Conference 2023 Schedule


11:30am – 12pm
Opening and Open Networking

12:00pm – 1:00pm
*James Kelly An English Major’s Guide to Chatbots

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Emily Enger Minimalist Marketing to
Grow your Author Career

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Jennifer Lawler The Editing Secret You Need to Know

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Kathryn Goldman ESQ Fair Use or Foul Play? Legal
Considerations of AI in Publishing

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Suzanne T Moore Using
LinkedIn to Build Thought Leadership Status

5:00pm – 5:30pm



12pm – 1pm
INGRAM Emily Davis
Book Distribution Solutions
with Ingram Content Group

1:00pm -2:00pm
Ally Berthiaume and Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins

Do Not Write a Book (Until
 You Attend this Session)

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Serial Publishing Panel

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Gwyn Jordan
Working with an agent

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Pitch to Agent




8:00am – 9:00pm

9:00am – 10:00am
Leon Conrad  –
The Book as Story & the Power of Story Structure

10:00am – 11:00am
Stephanie Feger: T
he Book
Marketing Habit: A 15-Minute Method
to Decrease Author Overwhelm and
Increase Book Sales

11:00am – 12:00pm
Barbara Ingrassia: AI:  Revolution or Evolution in the Publishing Industry?

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Networking and Q&A with IPNE Board of Directors

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Pam Sheppard: Put on a Whole New Hat: Preparing to Shift from the Craft of Writing to the Strategies for Selling.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Luke Davis:
Do Androids Dream of Authorship: Five Possible Futures of AI and Publishing

4:00pm – 5:00pm



 9:00am – 10:00am
Carol Abrahamson:
Create the Right Book to Grow Your Business

10:00am – 11:00am
PANEL: “Written But Not Published”
Scott Channell, Rae Francouer, Susan Oleksiw

11:00am – 12:00pm
Edie Clark
Using Videos to Amplify Your Reach and Impact

12:00pm – 1:00pm

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Jennia D’Lima
Finding your audience, promoting your book

2:00pm – 3:00pm
PANEL: How to Pitch to a Publisher
 with Eddie Vincent, Dede Cummings, Samantha Kolber, Kim MacQueen, Deirdre Randall

3:00pm – 4:00pm
PANEL: Leveraging Your Publishing Relationship
with Charlotte Pierce/Pierce Press, Connie Taylor/Fathom, Tara Alemany/Emerald Lake




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.