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Opening Night Reception Sponsor

createspace an Amazon company

kindle direct publishing

Membership Luncheon Sponsorship


Continental Breakfast Sponsorship


Additional Partner Sponsors

Blue Ink Review


Color House Graphics

Cushing-Malloy Books

Dickinson Press


Hercules Truck & Trailer


kobo writing life

Partner Ship

Rose Printing Company, Inc.


Smashwords Lanyard Sponsor


BAIPA, Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

Interested Sponsors
Contact Chris Kahn


That's a wrap!

The spirit of independent publishing was alive and well in San Francisco on March 21 and 22. Sincere thanks to all our attendees, speakers, and partners for sharing their time and positive energy. Publishing University was a shining example of how together we can help each other achieve and succeed!


Stay tuned for information about Publishing University 2015. We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

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Meet Fellow Publishers.

Fellow Publishers

Room with a View—Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf.

Fisherman's Wharf

Learn from Publishing Experts.


Fisherman's Wharf.


Relax and Enjoy!


Golden Gate Bridge.


Many Informative Displays.


Outdoor Fire Pits—Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf.

Experienced Pros Reveal their Secrets to Success

A.P.E. Publisher and Entrepreneur, Guy Kawasaki delivers an incredible Opening Keynote at the 2013 Publishing University in Chicago.

Get Personal Consultations from the Pros

Publishing University’s Ask the Experts sessions were a constant hub of activity at the 2013 Publishing University. 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

Thought-leader and Keynote Speaker, Dominique Raccah of Sourcebooks visits with attendees after her luncheon speech.

Gather Useful Information from Our Numerous Partners

The exhibit hall was 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 the 2013 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

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