Much like a comprehensive marketing strategy and an active social media presence, book fairs and expos, writers’ conferences, and literary festivals can be a valuable tool for indie authors looking to raise their profile and promote their books. At conferences, writers can showcase their work, meet fellow self-publishers, network, share skills, and a whole lot more. Below is our list of just a few of the book fairs and conferences happening across the globe—from New York City and Chicago to Delhi and London—in 2014. Some of these events should be of particular interest to self-publishers, either because of specific programming or the presence of relevant vendors. Those events have been marked with an asterisk. That said, all of these shows offer indie authors useful information and valuable connections.


*Digital Book World Conference & Expo
Where: New York, N.Y.
When: Jan. 13–15, 2014; Jan. 13–15, 2015
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Wizard World Portland Comic-Con
Where: Portland, Ore.
When: Jan. 24–26; 2015 dates TBD
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*ALA Midwinter Meeting
Where: Philadelphia, Pa.
When: Jan. 24–28; 2015 dates TBD
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45th International Cairo Book Fair
Where: Cairo, Egypt
When: Jan. 22–Feb. 4
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Angoulême International Comics Festival
Where: Angoulême, France
When: Jan. 30–Feb. 2
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*Indie Author Conference & Pitchapalooza 2014
Where: Phoenix, Ariz.
When: Feb. 1
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Minsk International Book Trade Fair
Where: Minsk, Belarus
When: Feb. 5–9
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Taipei International Book Exhibition
Where: Taipei, Taiwan
When: Feb. 5–10
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Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
Where: New Orleans, La.
When: Feb. 7–9
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*The Annual GENRE-LA Writers Conference
Where: Van Nuys, Calif.
When: Feb. 8–9
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2014 San Miguel Writers Conference
Where: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
When: Feb. 12–17
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*San Francisco Writers Conference
Where: San Francisco
When: Feb. 13–16
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Feria Internacional del Libro La Habana
Where: Havana, Cuba
When: Feb. 13–23
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New Delhi World Book Fair
Where: New Delhi, India
When: Feb. 15–23
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Vilnius Book Fair
Where: Vilnius, Lithuania
When: Feb. 20–23
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Brussels Book Fair
Where: Brussels, Belgium
When: Feb. 20-24
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*Indie Girl Con
Where: Charleston, S.C.
When: Feb. 21–22
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Where: Online
When: Feb. 25–27
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Where: Seattle, Wash.
When: Feb. 26–Mar. 1
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*SleauthFest 2014
Where: Orlando, Fla.
When: Feb. 27–Mar. 2
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*London Author Fair
Where: London, England
When: Feb. 28
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Dublin Book Festival
Where: Dublin, Ireland
When: Mar. 2014; dates TBD
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Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
Where: Sacramento, Calif.
When: Mar. 7–9
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*South By Southwest
Where: Austin, Texas
When: Mar. 7–16
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*PLA (Public Library Association) 2013
Where: Indianapolis, Ind.
When: Mar. 11–15
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Where: San Antonio, Texas
When: Mar. 13–15
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Leipzig Book Fair
Where: Leipzig, Germany
When: Mar. 13–16
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Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre)
Where: Paris, France
When: Mar. 21–24
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*Unicorn Writers Conference
Where: Portland, Conn.
When: Mar. 22
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Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Where: Bologna, Italy
When: Mar. 24–27
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Bangkok International Book Fair
Where: Bangkok, Thailand
When: Mar. 28–Apr. 8
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*The Self-Publishing Conference
Where: Leicester, England
When: Mar. 30
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*London Book Fair
Where: London, England
When: Apr. 8–10
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Québec International Book Fair
Where: Québec City, Canada
When: Apr. 9–13
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Where: Charleston, S.C.
When: Apr. 16–18
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Where: SeaTac, Wash.
When: Apr. 17–20
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WonderCon Anaheim
Where: Anaheim, Calif.
When: Apr. 18–20
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Budapest International Book Festival
Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: Apr. 24–27
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St. Petersburg International Book Salon
Where: St. Petersburg, Russia
When: Apr. 23–26
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Buenos Aires International Book Fair
Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina
When: Apr. 24–May 12
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*2014 Redwood Writers Conference
Where: Santa Rosa, Calif.
When: Apr. 26
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26th Geneva International Book, Press, and Multimedia Fair
Where: Geneva, Switzerland
When: Apr. 30–May 4
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Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
Where: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
When: Apr. 30–May 5
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Bogota International Book Fair
Where: Bogota, Colombia
When: Apr. 30–May 12
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Thessaloniki Book Fair
Where: Thessaloniki, Greece
When: Apr. 2014; dates TBD
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Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous
Where: Boise, Idaho
When: May 1-3
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*Nonfiction Writers Conference
Where: Online
When: May 7–9
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25th Turin International Book Fair
Where: Turin, Italy
When: May 8–12
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Prague International Book Fair and Literary Festival Book World
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
When: May 15–18
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Gourmand International Paris/Beijing Cookbook Fair
Where: Beijing, China
When: Mar. 19–22
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Warsaw International Book Fair
Where: Warsaw, Poland
When: May 22–25
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*BookExpo America (BEA)
Where: New York, N.Y
When: May 28–May 31
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*uPublishU at BEA
Where: New York, N.Y
When: May 31
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*The Santa Barbara Writers Conference
Where: Santa Barbara, Calif.
When: June 7–12
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Cape Town Book Fair
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
When: June 13–15
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Seoul International Book Fair
Where: Seoul, South Korea
When: June 18–22
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*ALA Annual Conference
Where: Las Vegas, Nev.
When: June 26–July 1
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*The Writers’ League of Texas 2013 Agents & Editors Conference
Where: Austin, Texas
When: June 27–29
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Tokyo International Book Fair
Where: Tokyo, Japan
When: July 2–5
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*ThrillerFest IX
Where: New York, N.Y.
When: July 8–12
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Hong Kong Book Fair
Where: Hong Kong, China
When: July 16–22
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*Comic-Con International: San Diego
Where: San Diego, Calif.
When: July 24–27
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Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
Where: Corte Madera, Calif.
When: Aug. 14–17
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Beijing International Book Fair
Where: Beijing, China
When: Aug. 27–31
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Where: Atlanta, Ga.
When: Aug. 29–Sept. 1
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*Indie Romance Convention
Where: Lebanon, Tenn.
When: Sept. 10–13
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*35th Annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference
Where: Lexington, Ky.
When: Sept. 12–13
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New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference
Where: Arlington, Va.
When: Sept. 19–21
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Moscow International Book Fair
Where: Moscow, Russia
When: Late September; dates unconfirmed
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Göteborg Book Fair
Where: Göteborg, Sweden
When: Sept. 25–28
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*Chicago Writers Conference
Where: Chicago, Ill.
When: TBD (2013 dates: Sept. 27–29)
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*Writer’s Digest Conference West
Where: TBD (2013 location: Los Angeles, Calif.)
When: TBD (2013 dates: Sept. 27–29)
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International Book Fair LIBER
Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: Oct. 1–3
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Alternative Press Expo
Where: San Francisco, Calif.
When: Oct. 4–5
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*Frankfurt Book Fair
Where: Frankfurt, Germany
When: Oct. 8–12
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*New York Comic-Con
Where: New York, N.Y.
When: Oct. 9–12
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Helsinki Book Fair
Where: Helsinki, Finland
When: Oct. 23–26
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*Queen City IndieCon
Where: Cincinnati, Ohio
When: Oct. 24–25
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International Belgrade Book Fair
Where: Belgrade, Serbia
When: Oct. 26–Nov. 2
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Sharjah World Book Fair
Where: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
When: Nov. 5–15
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*Self-Publishing Book Expo
Where: TBD (2013 location: New York, N.Y.)
When: TDB (2013 date: Nov. 9)
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Istanbul Book Fair
Where: Istanbul, Turkey
When: Nov. 15–23
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Montreal Book Fair
Where: Montreal, Canada
When: Nov. 19–24
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Moscow International Nonfiction Book Fair
Where: Moscow, Russia
When: Nov. 26–30
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Guadalajara International Book Fair
Where: Guadalajara, Mexico
When: Nov. 29–Dec. 7
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Basel Book Fair
Where: Basel, Switzerland
When: November; dates unconfirmed
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* These events are of special interest to indie authors due to specific programming and/or the presence of relevant vendors.