Writers share secrets at Sydney Indie Con

A one-day conference featuring successful self-published authors from across Sydney will be held at Penrith Library on Sunday, November 24.

Helping others get published: Blue Mountains author Rebecca Lang with the book she edited on the Tasmanian tiger.

Helping others get published: Blue Mountains author Rebecca Lang with the book she edited on the Tasmanian tiger.

Sydney Indie Con covers everything a business-minded author needs to know - from cover design, marketing, and audio books to how to make a living from the most successful genres.

Headlining the event are thriller writers Chris Allen and Chris Cartwright, historical fiction writer Elisabeth Storrs, fantasy and cosy crime author Dionne Lister, fantasy writer Serene Conneeley, romance writer Erin Grace, erotica queen Nikki Sex, children's author/illustrator Jeffery E Doherty and indie publisher and author Ashton Cartwright.

Born from a desire to foster community and share knowledge, Sydney Indie Con has gathered together successful indie and hybrid authors (writers who have been self and traditionally published) and publishers to share their secrets about the business of writing.

Blue Mountains indie authors and publishers Rebecca Lang and A. A. Warne are the bookish brains behind Sydney Indie Con. Lang and Warne are also both members of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), a global, non-profit professional membership association for self-publishing authors.

"I was interested in attending an event run by and for self-published authors, one that tackled the thorny how-to questions and nuts-and-bolts of independently - and successfully - publishing books," Ms Lang said.

"There wasn't anything that fit the bill so Amanda and I put our heads together and came up with Sydney Indie Con, which is focused on practical ways to make a living as an independent and hybrid author.

"The publishing landscape has changed dramatically in the past ten years, and writers now have more accessible avenues to share their stories. If writers can get to grips with the business and marketing aspects of being a professional author, they can make a profitable living from their writing."

Sydney Indie Con is a ticketed event and will be held on Sunday, November 24 in the theaterette at Penrith Library. Tickets are $15 and only available via Trybooking.com.