IPNE Book Marketing, Educational, & Networking Events

In the past year or so, many of us have been focusing on networking, education, and creative online book marketing ideas. When we're not in a pandemic (!) Independent Publishers of New England participates in several major cooperative book-marketing events on behalf of members, and a number of smaller ones. We went virtual in 2020, but hope to be back to in-person and/or hybrid events in 2021! Please scroll down for more on the "Big Three" New England co-op events and for event curation guidelines.

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Upcoming events

    • 05 Nov 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Virtual

    IPNE 10th Annual Conference

    For a full decade, IPNE’s Annual Conference has been the region’s leading event for indie publishers and authors who want to take their authoring and publishing businesses to new heights. The 2020 first-ever online event was the most exciting in recent memory, with nearly two dozen experts giving attendees the keys to succeed in the brave new world of publishing. Watch this space for Conference speakers and special offers from sponsors & vendor members! 


    • Independent Publishers
    • Author Publishers (Self-Publishers)
    • Partners of Publishers; Industry Suppliers
    • Writers and Others Who Dream of Being Happily Published!

    Keynote Speakers


    Understanding the imperatives of pre-publication work
    Publishing 101 = The Basics
    Using P&L Accounting to improve your business is this confirmed?
    Value of Book Marketing Analytics
    Finding and Working with Agents
    Marketing Children’s Books
    Book Review Strategies
    Social Media Marketing
    Podcasting and Live Streaming
    Audiobook Production/ Distribution
    Distribution Platforms & Strategies 
    Grants and Crowdfunding
    Developing Relationships with Bookstores
    Getting away from Amazon: Create Your Own Store
    Expand your book brand into ancillary products
    Writing for TV and Film / Pitching to studios
    Present and Future of Book Printing Tim Knickerbocker
    Book Design & Formatting 
    ...AND MORE!

  • Register

    This workshop, led by celebrated indie publishing expert Jane Friedman, is an add-on to our Annual Conference. It was inspired in part by a board member's attendance at an IBPA affiliate webinar. We were amazed at the practical knowledge that Ms. Friedman delivered!

    Ms Friedman will address strategies for designing and structuring your publishing website, including:

    • Why to build devoted pages for each book
    • Best types of website designs/themes
    • How to boost newsletter sign-ups
    • Biggest do's and don'ts for newsletters
    • And much more!

Past events

15 Sep 2021 IPNE Metro Boston Publishers
07 Sep 2021 IPNE Vermont Publishers
25 Aug 2021 "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In
18 Aug 2021 IPNE Metro Boston Publishers
28 Jul 2021 "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In
21 Jul 2021 IPNE Metro Boston Publishers
30 Jun 2021 "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In
16 Jun 2021 IPNE Metro Boston Publishers
01 Jun 2021 IPNE Vermont Publishers
26 May 2021 "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In
19 May 2021 IPNE Metro Boston Publishers
28 Apr 2021 "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In
14 Apr 2021 IPNE Metro Boston Publishers
31 Mar 2021 "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In
17 Mar 2021 IPNE Metro Boston Publishers
16 Mar 2021 IPNE Vermont Publishers
09 Mar 2021 IPNE Board Meeting
01 Mar 2021 IPNE 8th Annual Book Awards 2021
17 Feb 2021 IPNE Metro Boston Publishers
28 Dec 2020 IPNE 2020 Annual Meeting
08 Dec 2020 IPNE-VT Publishers Meetup Dec. 8
05 Dec 2020 Rhode Island Virtual Author Expo
11 Nov 2020 Face The Book TV: Amazon & Facebook Advertising
06 Nov 2020 9th Annual IPNE Independent Publishers and Authors Conference
28 Oct 2020 IPNE Monthly Member Call
21 Oct 2020 Face The Book TV: Virtual Book Events
22 Sep 2020 New England Independent Booksellers 2020 (NEIBA)
29 Apr 2020 IPNE Monthly Member Call
28 Apr 2020 IPNE Vermont Regional Meeting - UPDATE
26 Mar 2020 IPNE Monthly Call
23 Mar 2020 Face The Book TV Podcast
01 Mar 2020 IPNE 7th Annual Book Awards 2020
14 Dec 2019 Rhode Island Holiday Gathering
12 Dec 2019 Holiday Gathering!
07 Dec 2019 Association of Rhode Island Authors Expo
01 Nov 2019 8th Annual IPNE Independent Publishers and Authors Conference
20 Oct 2019 New England Library Association 2019 (NELA)
19 Oct 2019 Boston Book Festival 2019
08 Oct 2019 Metro Boston Publishers
02 Oct 2019 New England Independent Booksellers 2019 (NEIBA)
26 Jun 2019 Open call in call for members
22 May 2019 Open Call for Members
27 Apr 2019 Providence Book Festival 2019
01 Apr 2019 IPNE 6th Annual Book Awards 2019 - Submissions
27 Feb 2019 Metro Boston Publishers Meetup
11 Feb 2019 Metro Boston Publishers Meetup
15 Dec 2018 Independent Publishers of Vermont
29 Nov 2018 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
17 Nov 2018 IPNE 7th Annual New England Publishing Conference 2018
25 Sep 2018 New England Independent Booksellers 2018 (NEIBA)
15 Sep 2018 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
02 Jun 2018 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
07 Apr 2018 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
01 Apr 2018 IPNE 5th Annual Book Awards 2018 - Submissions
21 Feb 2018 Market Your Indie Book Workshop - Hardwick VT
20 Feb 2018 Market Your Indie Book Workshop - Montpelier VT
03 Feb 2018 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
02 Dec 2017 IPNE@ARIA2017 - Rhode Island Book Expo
04 Nov 2017 IPNE 4th Annual Book Awards & Publishing Workshop
04 Nov 2017 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
28 Oct 2017 Boston Book Festival 2017
22 Oct 2017 New England Library Association 2017 (NELA)
18 Sep 2017 New England Independent Booksellers 2017 (NEIBA)
28 Jul 2017 2017 Bookstock, VT
26 Jul 2017 New England Authors Expo 2017
19 May 2017 IPNE 4th Annual Book Awards 2017 - Submissions
15 May 2017 IPNE 2017 Spring/Summer Catalog
21 Mar 2017 Bookstore Workshops in Vermont
10 Dec 2016 IPNE 2016 Annual Meeting & Elections
03 Dec 2016 IPNE@ARIA2016 - Rhode Island Book Expo
21 Oct 2016 IPNE 2016 Conference Exhibitor/Sponsor
21 Oct 2016 IPNE 2016-2017 Conference Catalog
21 Oct 2016 IPNE 6th Annual New England Publishing Conference 2016
21 Oct 2016 IPNE 3rd Annual Book Awards 2016
16 Oct 2016 New England Library Association 2016 (NELA)
15 Oct 2016 Boston Book Festival 2016
21 Sep 2016 New England Independent Booksellers 2016 (NEIBA)
29 Jul 2016 2016 Bookstock, VT
27 Jul 2016 New England Authors Expo 2016
05 Apr 2016 IPNE/APSS Webinar - Media & PR Secrets
26 Mar 2016 IPNE Metro Boston Meetup - 2016 Events Preview
30 Jan 2016 Metro Boston Meetup & Printing Plant Tour
05 Dec 2015 IPNE 2015 Annual Meeting & Elections
26 Oct 2015 NELA Conference 2015 (New England Library Association)
24 Oct 2015 Boston Book Festival 2015
25 Sep 2015 New England Publishing Conference 2015
25 Sep 2015 IPNE 2015 Fall Catalog
29 Jul 2015 New England Authors Expo
24 Jul 2015 Bookstock in Woodstock, Vermont
30 May 2015 IPNE Metro Boston - 2015 Events Preview
28 Mar 2015 IPNE Metro Boston Branch - Special Sales Workshop
06 Dec 2014 IPNE Annual Meeting & Elections
22 Nov 2014 IPNE Metro Boston Branch - Cranky Pants Publishing
08 Nov 2014 ARIA - Rhode Island Book Expo
30 Oct 2014 IPNE Metro Boston Branch - with Bunker Hill Press
25 Oct 2014 Boston Book Festival
19 Oct 2014 NELA Conference 2014 (New England Library Association)
30 Sep 2014 NEIBA Fall Conference 2014 (New England Independent Booksellers)
04 Apr 2014 New England Publishing Conference 2014
04 Jan 2014 IPNE Book Awards
20 Oct 2013 NELA Conference 2013 (New England Library Association)
06 Oct 2013 NEIBA Fall Conference 2013
26 Aug 2013 Book Ads, IPNE Fall Catalog, Deadline Sept. 18
19 Apr 2013 New England Publishing Conference 2013
27 Oct 2012 Boston Book Festival
14 Oct 2012 NELA Conference 2012 (New England Library Association)
03 Oct 2012 NEIBA Fall Conference 2012
28 Jul 2012 Bookstock (taking place in Woodstock, Vermont)
27 Apr 2012 New England Publishing Conference 2012
03 Dec 2011 IPNE Digital Publishing Tutorials: Tutorial 2. Digital Book Production: Deep Dive
22 Oct 2011 IPNE Digital Publishing Tutorials: Tutorial 1. Digital Publishing: An Introduction
15 Oct 2011 Boston Book Festival
12 Oct 2011 NEIBA Fall Conference 2011
02 Oct 2011 NELA Conference 2011 (New England Library Association)
30 Jul 2011 Bookstock (taking place in Woodstock, Vermont)
15 Nov 2010 How to Negotiate Large-Quantity Sales
08 Nov 2010 Preparing For And Making Presentations For Large-Quantity Sales
01 Nov 2010 How to Find More Buyers for Your Books in Non-Bookstore Markets
19 Oct 2010 November 2010 Vendor Spotlight
17 Oct 2010 IPNE Annual Members Meeting - Pay your own lunch
17 Oct 2010 NELA Conference 2010 (New England Library Association)
16 Oct 2010 December 2010 Vendor Spotlight
16 Oct 2010 January 2011 Vendor Spotlight
09 Oct 2010 October 2010 Vendor Spotlight
01 Oct 2010 NEIBA Fall Conference 2010
31 Jul 2010 Bookstock (taking place in Woodstock, VT)
04 Jun 2010 Espresso Book Machine tours
15 Jan 2010 American Library Association - Midwinter Meeting 2010
18 Oct 2009 NELA Annual Conference
02 Oct 2009 NEIBA - New England Independent Booksellers
25 Sep 2009 Burlington Book Festival 2009
06 May 2009 Massachusetts Library Association

Exhibit Curation Guidelines

IPNE exhibits at the major book shows are curated. By this process, our intent is to raise the overall quality of books that readers and industry professionals can discover through the public face of IPNE. 

This process is designed to enhance the reputation of the organization as a whole and its members individually, as it does with similar organizations.

Books will be considered for exhibit if they meet A and B, below:


  1. IPNE Award winners or finalists.
  2. Winners or finalists of other established awards programs.
  3. Books accepted to previous shows under curation guidelines.
  4. Books on established trade organization publication lists (see guidelines).
  5. Library of Congress Catalog Number.
  1. Publisher has completed, signed, and submitted our curation checklist.
  2. Completed IPNE profile, including book metadata and cover images.

If you don't meet at least one of the first set of 5 qualifications, send a copy of the book by the shipping deadline of the event at which you wish to exhibit. Books that do not meet the currently posted guidelines will be returned and exhibit fees refunded; and publishers will be offered mentoring sessions and resources to help their books meet curation for future exhibits. Final curation approval rests with the IPNE Board of Directors.

Former board member Kathy Brodsky at the Boston Book Festival, 2015

Book 'em - at IPNE events!

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In normal times, IPNE's "Big Three" cooperative marketing events are:

  1. New England Independent Booksellers Assn. (NEIBA). Reach 1,000 regional booksellers, agents, distributors, and readers.
  2. New England Library Assn. (NELA). Reach 600 regional librarians.
  3. The Boston Book Festival (BBF), every October in Copley Square, Boston. Event draws estimated 15,000 avid readers.
You'll also find IPNE exhibits and members at events like the Boston Book Festival's Hubbub children's festival in Boston; Bookstock in Woodstock, Vermont; New England  Authors Expo in Danversport, MA; the ARIA Authors Expo in Rhode Island; League of Vermont Writers; and other regional festivals, town days and markets. Suggest one in your area! 

Farther afield? Not to worry - you don't have to attend, or even be in New England, to exhibit at most of our events; though you may wish to attend when you can. It's fun to mingle and help other Indies; you'll get backstage access to excellent networking; and you'll be able to represent your books as only you can! Click here to join one of our event Project Teams.

Perhaps best of all, exhibiting with IPNE is a small fraction of the cost of mounting a full exhibit on your own. Our volunteers get to know your books and represent them with genuine enthusiasm, even after the shows are over. Please join us!
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