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Additional Partner Sponsors

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Dickinson Press


Hercules Truck & Trailer


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Partner Ship

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Smashwords Lanyard Sponsor


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Interested Sponsors
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Save the date for Publishing University 2015!

April 10-11, 2015
Exciting new location at Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas!

You are invited to join us for the Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony which will take place during Publishing University 2015 on the evening of April 10th, 2015.

Miss the 2014 Publishing University?
Click HERE to get the CDs & MP3s.

The Premier Educational Event for Independent
Publishers and Self-Published Authors


New information about how to get your content published, distributed, and read.


Experiential workshops that bring your cover, description, and pitch into the picture.

people networking

Crucial peer-to-peer networking to strengthen your connections, influence, and resolve.

Publishing University 2014 Preview Podcast

Angela Bole
Angela Bole

Ivory Madison
Ivory Madison
Jim Milliot
Jim Milliot
Shannon Bodie
Shannon Bodie

San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality – at least that’s what a member of the 1960s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane believed. Next month, the famed city by the bay welcomes authors, publishers, artists, and technologists for a hard look at the reality of independent publishing in 2014.

Angela Bole, IBPA executive director, gives Copyright Clearance Center's Chris Kenneally a preview of what’s become the country’s premier educational event for independent publishers and self-published authors.

“The conference is in its 30th year, so it has a really strong history and a lot of support in the community. But we did spend a lot of time trying to figure out how we could make a conference that’s been around for 30 years feel new and fresh to the attendees,” says Bole.

“One thing that we focused on is making the conference about the attendees themselves,” she explains. “We’ll have some experiential workshops, targeting content for specific verticals, as well as more networking and organized brainstorming sessions, so attendees can really get to know each other, learn from each other, and speak to the IBPA motto – helping each other achieve and succeed.”

General sessions speakers Ivory Madison, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Red Room and Jim Milliot, Co-editorial Director, Publishers Weekly, add their own perspectives on “Pub U,” along with Shannon Bodie, Art Director and Partner, Lightbourne, Inc.

Push the Play Button ▶ to Listen to the podcast.

To reserve a room at the Sheraton Austin Hotel where the 2015 Publishing University will be held, please click here.



Meet Fellow Publishers.

Fellow Publishers

Double Bed Guestroom—Sheraton Austin.

Fisherman's Wharf

Learn from Publishing Experts.


Austin Skyline with Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute.


Relax and Enjoy!


Loop 360 Bridge at sunset.


Many Informative Displays.


Sheraton Austin Business Center.

Experienced Pros Reveal their Secrets to Success

Informative Keynote speakers are always a valuable highlight.

Get Personal Consultations from the Pros

Publishing University’s Ask the Experts sessions are always a constant hub of activity. Shown here are Robin Cutler (l.) of Ingram Content Group and Shannon Bodie (r.) of Lightbourne, Inc. Book Design.

Gain Valuable Insights

Publishing University attendees enjoying a laugh together during one of the general sessions.

Interact with Friends and Associates

Dominique Raccah of Sourcebooks visits with attendees.

Gather Useful Information from Our Numerous Partners

The exhibit hall is always busy from start to finish. Shown here, Erin Stark (l.) and Breanna Ziarnick (r.) of TLC Graphics network with the Publishing University crowd.

Enlightening Professional Presentations

Attendees at Publishing University learn how to use data to drive book sales. IBPA’s new Executive Director, Angela Bole, leads the discussion.

Unwind with Quality Social Time

Publishing University attendees network and socialize after a full day of sessions.

“At the dawn of this new century, we realize that information is king and knowledge is supreme. And if we are to succeed, we must be willing to listen, learn and share the information we acquire by reading and by experience. The Publishing University gives us the chance to succeed!”
—Ray Driver, CEO, Reflections Publishing, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Click here to find out what others say about IBPA Publishing University…

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