IPNE Book Marketing, Educational, & Networking Events

Independent Publishers of New England participates in several major cooperative book-marketing events on behalf of members, and a number of smaller ones. Many of these are in-person and/or hybrid events! Please see more on the "Big Three" New England co-op events and click here for exhibit curation checklist.

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    • 14 Oct 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Boston, MA (Copley Square)
    • 18

    New England's Premiere Bookselling Event!

    Copley Square, Boston Oct. 14

    Regstration open Aug. 14-Oct. 1 for this members-only coop marketing exhibit

    Everyone at IPNE is excited to represent your books at the Boston Book Festival (BBF)! What's even more terrific is that IPNE can represent small publishers and author-publishers that are not able to purchase their own table.

    Because the BBF is so well attended by a concentrated crowd of book lovers, it creates a special opportunity for independent publishers to interact with the public and attract new readers. And remember: space is limited, and this show will fill up fast.

    About the Boston Book Festival

    The Boston Book Festival is the largest literary event in New England. It takes place in Copley Square, Boston every October, with tent booths ringing the square and author and publisher events in the Boston Public Library and surrounding buildings. Well-known authors give readings and talks, and the mood is festive!


    • IPNE's Boston Book Festival 2022 Exhibit is a curated, members only, in-person event. 

    • If you're not a member, please first join IPNE. Then complete our curation checklist (honor system) before registering.

    • When you register for members-only events, remember to use the email attached to your IPNE membership.

    • This is a cooperative exhibit; all registrants are expected to help set up, manage booth visitors, and break down the exhibit. Watch for a schedule & more details!
    • If you are unable to attend in person, feel free to delegate someone to represent you. IPNE can help you find a representative in the Boston area.
    • Registration for reserved book signings is separate. First register for the exhibit, then go back & register for the signing.
    • In order to have your book information included in the Boston Book Festival show catalog, please make sure your profile information is up-to-date for up to 3 titles.
    • After registration closes, you'll receive a form to upload your book metadata and 300dpi JPG front cover image for each title and/or your company logo.
    • Please watch your email for more details, including a signing schedule. Contact the coordinators if you have questions or need help with online registration. Good luck at the show!
    • 15 Oct 2023
    • 17 Oct 2023
    • Springfield, MA
    • 27

    New England Library Association

    Springfield, MA, October 15-17, 2023
    IPNE Exhibit Registration Open Aug. 14-Oct. 1

    Showcase your titles to the folks who know & love books best - librarians!

    We love librarians! And they love indie publishers. This is one of our favorite book shows - and it shows! Join us in Manchester, NH this year for what is sure to be another dynamic NELA conference!

    Since librarians delight in finding uncommon and regional books to meet their patrons' needs, they tend to be attracted to small presses. 

    The New England Library Association conference is the one show where you'll find the most regional librarians, staff, and trustees gathered together in one place. They're especially interested in books from New England authors and publishers and books with other connections to our region as well as general titles.

    The event begins Sunday, Oct. 15 with a reception, cocktail hour, and awards banquet; vendor hours for IPNE volunteers and exhibitors continue Oct. 16 and 17. Check out the link for good times to engage the 600+ librarians attending the conference.

    Watch this space for updates on how you can make the most of the NELA Conference! Click here to reach the IPNEatNELA Coordinator

    IPNE@NELA Exhibit Deadlines

    • If you register by Oct. 1, 2023, we can feature your most recent title in the show catalog, along with your publishing company information.
    • You must be an IPNE member and be physically present to represent your books and the organization; or if you cannot attend, we offer a catalog-only exhibit option.
    • Update the information on your IPNE profile. Organization, address and book metadata must be accurate in order for you books to be included in the NELA catalog insert. A current profile is the member's responsibility.
    • Upload a high-resolution image of your company logo or book image to our Google Drive folder. (request access if needed).

    NEW: Exhibit Guidelines

    These new guidelines are designed to help IPNE more efficiently and effectively represent our members and our mission. 

    • MATERIALS: You may include 25  4 x 9" rack cards. We cannot accommodate other types of promo materials or displays.

    • BOOTH ETIQUETTE: Authors & publishers who are not on the event crew may not remain in the booth or alter the display in any way.

    • ELIGIBILITY: Major book shows like NEIBA, NELA, and BBF are open to IPNE vendor and publisher members and are curated. Click here for curation guidelines.

    • PAYMENT: Registration and payment is online only via credit card. 

    • PROFILE: Book data posted on your dddd must be -up-to-date and accurate or your books may not be included in the event catalog insert. Accuracy is the responsibility of the member.

    • QUESTIONS: Please read all instructions carefully, and ask any questions before registering!

    • 03 Nov 2023
    • 04 Nov 2023
    • Virtual Event on Zoom

    Conference Theme: "Make Better Books & Sell More of Them"

    • Early Bird Registration Opens August 14
    • Scroll down below registration types for REGISTER button

    For more than a 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.

    Last year's conference was the most exciting in recent memory, with nearly two dozen experts giving over 100 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
    • Agents & Distributors
    • Author/Publishers (Self-Publishers)
    • Partners of Publishers; Industry Suppliers
    • Writers Who Dream of Being Happily Published!


    • Artificial Intelligence - Impact on Copyright

    • Finding and Working with Agents 
    • Leon Conrad: Your Book as a Story
    • Jennia DeLima: Finding Your Audience
    • Book Promotion Secrets
    • Pitching to Publishers
    • Leveraging Your Publisher Relationship
    • Using LinkedIn to Build Author Platform
    • Distribution Platforms & Strategies 
    • Diversifying Book Formats
    • Networking Events & Annual Meeting
    • and more!


    Voice Over VermontPierce Press; The Fictional Café; Encircle Publications; Scott Channell, Brilliant Light Publishing

    • 01 Oct 2024
    • 04 Oct 2024
    • Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
    • 30

    New England Independent
    Booksellers Association (NEIBA)

    NEIBA Conference 2024
    IPNE Exhibit Registration Will Open 2 months in advance

    Who do we love? Independent bookstores - and they love us right back! But you need to get to know them to forge mutually beneficial relationships.

    New England is a hotbed of indie bookstores, and they're experiencing a revival, thanks to the efforts of their loyal customers, bookseller members, and the staff of NEIBA. At IPNE, we know many of these booksellers and engage with them throughout the year. 

    We invite you to come and be a part of it all at our cooperative exhibit at next year's show, featuring events like educational panels, a vast exhibit hall where you can meet upwards of 500 bookstore buyers, agents, publishers, distributors, designers, and other professionals in the industry.

    Due to an application snafu, IPNE won't be at the 2023 conference, but we'll definitely see you there in 2024!

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