BookLife Announces Indie Author Forum

Registration Opens for New Virtual Forum for Self-Published Book Authors

NEW YORK—January 12, 2022—BookLife is pleased to announce the debut of the BookLife Indie Author Forum, a one-day virtual gathering of self-published authors, writers curious about self-publishing and experts in the field. Broadly referred to as “indie authors,” the community is expected to welcome this day of invaluable advice and educational panels on how to publish and market self-published books. The forum is to be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET.

“As a vital hub for indie authors, BookLife offers industry expertise as well as access to authors who can share with participants the secrets to self-publishing success,” said Matia Query, editor of BookLife, which was founded in 2014 as a joint venture between PWxyz LLC, the parent company of Publishers Weekly, and the digital media company Mediapolis.

The forum covers adult and children’s books, with a slate of industry lights to keynote the event and participate on the panels. Topics include “How Can Self-Publishing Work for You?,” “Reading a Book By Its Cover,” “Making Your Mark in Nonfiction,” “Authenticity in Storytelling: Writing It Right” and “Why You Need an Editor.” Marketing panels take on the hard issues: “Amazon Best Practices,” “Achieving Picture Book Success,” “Genre, Know Your Audience.” Two breakout sessions dubbed “Pitch Perfect” critique aspiring authors’ book proposals.

Publishers Weekly will feature a special supplement about the forum in the March 23, 2022 issue. While not overtly geared for book buyers, the show will feature a virtual New Title Showcase managed by Combined Book Exhibit. Librarians and booksellers, who are invited to attend at no charge, as well as those considering self-publishing, will have a clear window into the self-publishing process.

“The BookLife Indie Author Forum will be packed with some of the most accomplished voices in self-publishing,” said Carl Pritzkat, president of BookLife and chief operating officer of Publishers Weekly.

“This is a valuable educational opportunity and will be highly popular,” said Cevin Bryerman, CEO and publisher of Publishers Weekly. “It’s the perfect place for writers and authors to come together and network, to learn and to take the next step in their own self-publishing journey,”

Registration costs $149 per person. Links to register and more information are available at

About BookLife

BookLife taps the experience, integrity and authority of Publishers Weekly to help self-published authors achieve their goals. BookLife offers in-depth articles, professional tips and strategies for creating and marketing books; a free weekly BookLife Report e-newsletter; BookLife Reviews, a paid review service; and a free, easy tool to submit self-published books for free review consideration in Publishers Weekly. The BookLife Prize is a semiannual $5,000 cash award for self-published authors of fiction and nonfiction. In conjunction with Publishers Weekly and BookBrunch, BookLife sponsors the U.S. Selfies, an annual awards program for self-published authors based on the U.K. Selfies awards.

About Publishers Weekly

Now celebrating its 150th anniversary, Publishers Weekly is the international news platform of the book publishing industry. Founded in 1872 and published weekly since then, the magazine boasts 1.23 million social media followers; publishes 10 e-newsletters, BookLife (a website and monthly supplement), Publishers Weekly en Español (in partnership with Lantia), two blogs, podcasts, a mobile edition, digital editions, and apps; and features a thriving website that reaches 14 million unique visitors annually.

In the last 10 years, Publishers Weekly has launched several events for the international publishing community, most notably the U.S. Book Show, which debuted in May 2021, replacing BookExpo. The next show will be held virtually from May 24 – 26, 2022.

Other events include PubTechConnect, a series of high-level conversations about the convergence of technology and publishing, cosponsored by NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing;

Library Lounge LIVE, a regular panel discussion on library topics; and PW Star Watch, an annual event to promote budding talent in the publishing industry and which celebrated its seventh year with a virtual event in September 2021.

For more information, contact Christi Cassidy, +1-917-217-4269,


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