Indie Bookfest celebrates Indie, Hybrid, and Traditional Authors and Artists and their freedom of expression. Join some of your favorite Authors for a convention filled with workshops, panels, parties and more! You won’t want to miss the sessions throughout the day, where several panelists will be speaking on a variety of topics relevant to readers, book lovers, and writers.
THURSDAY, October 6th
Royal Palm Ballroom: Author Meet Up Dinner (This dinner is exclusive to the authors who signed up and prepaid and invited guests of Indie BookFest16)
FRIDAY, October 7th, industry day
7:30 AM-9:00 AM
Registration Desk Outside DOGWOOD (Green Room): Author Packet Pick Up
Registration Desk Outside DOGWOOD (Green Room): Reader Registration/Packet Pick Up
Waldorf: Author PANEL: I'm published: now what? Advice on how to survive your first few years as an author, including dos and don'ts from those who have been there.
Conrad: Author PANEL: Paid promo: What's working now? How do you maximize your chance of getting accepted to BookBub, Freebooksy/Bargain Booksy/Ereaders News Today, Robin Reads?
Amphitheater: AUTHOR WORKSHOP: Taking Care of Business: Establishing and Sticking to a Realistic Business Plan Led by Bonnie Paulson
Waldorf: AUTHOR WORKSHOP: Getting Noticed: Ads on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon: Do they work, what are the best practices? Led by Cristin Harber and HD Smith
Conrad: Author PANEL: Branding: how do you find your branding? How do you exploit your branding?
Amphitheater: AUTHOR WORKSHOP: BIG GIRLS DO IT RUNNING: Jasinda and Jack Wilder share how the Wilder Way changed their lives--and can change yours, too! This health and wellness workshop is specifically geared to authors and their particular needs and challenges.
Waldorf: AUTHOR WORKSHOP: It Takes Two: Author Business Accountability Partnerships We're not talking co-writers; this is business accountability and idea sparking, an informal relationship that doubles the brain power and reach of each author. We'll talk about the benefits: sharing new venues for promotion, offering critical review of blurbs, covers, release plans and schedules, encouragement and support, supplementing talents (trading editing for graphics!) and sharing a support team. We'll also explore how you can find the right business accountability partner to enhance your career. Led by Olivia Hardin and Tawdra Kandle
Conrad: Author PANEL: Covers, formatting, blurbs and pricing: When everything is fluid, what makes the biggest difference? How much do you play with it?
Amphitheater: Author PANEL: World Wide Promo: Bloggers, Booktubers and Street Teams - Using Word Of Mouth to Gain Visibility
Royal Palm Ballroom: AUTHOR WORKSHOP: Hitting the Reboot Button: How to (Re) Launch Your CareerSometimes even veteran authors need to push the “reboot” button. It might be to launch a pseudonym or establish a presence in a different genre. Or maybe you wish to reset reader expectations. Regardless of why, how do you build a new author brand with zero fan base? This presentation will take a peek inside a real-world example. You’ll learn how to create a new author platform, lay out a media campaign, and solutions to the “But I’ve never heard of you” issue. By the end of the presentation, you’ll know how to find your “influencers”, which social media platforms are your best bet based on your “target market”, and the real cost of that career reboot. And of course, if you’re just starting out, rebooting strategies can be adapted for new authors as well.
LUNCH on your own
Barron: Reader Craft and Social Gathering: Readers not participating in Industry Day can join various authors, bloggers and volunteers to socialize and make their own autograph/scrapbook to use for the weekend.
Waldorf: READER PANEL: Hotel Paranormal: Check in to talk about this spooky multi-author serial!
Conrad: AUTHOR PANEL: Street Teams and Newsletters: A different angle on promotion
Waldorf: Reader AND Author Panel: Bookstores and Libraries: Where Readers and Authors Intersect
Conrad: AUTHOR PANEL: The Care and Feeding of An Author: healthy lifestyle choices and how to make them work for you
Waldorf: Reader Panel: Ad Lib Panel: Romance
Conrad: Reader Panel: Whodunnit?: Keeping mysteries, thrillers and suspense relevant in the digital age
Barron: AUTHOR PANEL: Booktubers meeting with authors
DINNER on your own
Royal Palm Ballroom: FANFARE: This Indie BookFest-exclusive party gives readers a special chance to socialize with their favorite authors - and make new friends, too.
Our theme this year is A Night in Paris.
Paris... the perfect city to combine mystery, suspense, literature, erotica, paranormal and of course... romance!
Readers can visit the authors as they enjoy delicious food and a cash bar. Our DJ will provide rocking tunes... and there will be a photo booth for capturing those once-in-a-lifetime memories.
Attendees will receive a fabulous goody bag, which includes a ticket to The Dating Game: Book Edition!
SATURDAY, October 8th
Signing Room: Open for Author Set Up
Registration Desk Outside DOGWOOD (Green Room): Registration for Readers Open
8:00 AM-4:30 PM (ALL DAY)
Waldorf: Duncurra Publishing Open House
8:00 AM-4:30 PM (ALL DAY)
Conrad: Try Everything: From Reading to Writing. This interactive panel will bring your creative talents to life as readers create artful items to take with them while discovering inspiration on how one NYT/USAT Author discovered a hobby that changed her life. If you've thought about becoming an author, are an author and want to know how an Indie author became a NYT/USAT Bestselling author in less than four years, or just love to discuss books while trying something different, this is your chance to ask questions and have fun at the same time. Hosted/Sponsored by S.E. Smith
Capital 1 AND 2: Welcome and Keynote Speech by Cristin Harber
Green Room (Dogwood): VIP Only Meet and Greet with Cristin Harber
Amphitheater: YOUNG ADULT SESSION
Capital 1: Reader Panel: Alpha male, bad boy, billionaire, country boy: How do you like your book boyfriend?
Capital 2: Reader Panel: Tell me your fantasy: World building, characterization and magic in urban/dark fantasy and sci fi
Capital 1: Reader Panel: What's Your Fancy? The many faces of erotica
Capital 2: Reader Panel: Seen It All In A Small Town: Romances set in . . . small towns
11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Amphitheater: Reader Panel: Mix It Up: How do you like your love stories? Historical, new adult, erotica, and paranormal.
11:45 AM-12:30 PM
Capital 1: Reader Panel: Just Add Wine: How to Build A Better Book Club
Capital 2: Reader Panel: Angels, Demons, Kitsune, Shifters and Wizards: What's the new wave in paranormal?
LUNCH on your own
Capital 1: Draft2Digital Author Meeting
Capital 2: Rock Star Reader Meet Up
Author Signing Set Up/Prep+ Author Only Browsing (Authors MUST check in by 2:30 PM)
Crystal Ballroom: Signing: Free and Open to Public
Dinner on your own
Zombies Are People, Too Party: After months of uncertainty, the CDC has finally released the general quarantine. The virus has stabilized (or so we think), and people are finally able to start coming out of their hiding places.
Society’s new motto: Zombies Are People, Too
Join authors Ceci Giltenan, HD Smith, Violet Howe, and SE Smith for a night of Zombie Fun! Come as you are (and be zombified at the party) or dress as your favorite zombified character. We'll have a Zombie DJ, refreshments, and cash bar!
SUNDAY, October 9th
Blogger and author breakfast meet up (time and location to be announced)
"This past weekend I attended Indie Bookfest 2015 here in Orlando and I have to say that it was beyond amazing. It was my first author related conference and I was privileged to participate on two separate panels, one on Writing Intrigue and another on Diversity in Writing. The biggest thing about this weekend was getting the opportunity to meet so many talented authors, bloggers, and readers. I was on cloud nine part of the time and the rest of the time I was just trying to absorb everything around me." - L.E. Perez, Author