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Have you always wanted to publish a book? Then head to Sydney Indie Con. Image courtesy of Unsplash.

Sydney Indie Con is a one-day Self-Publishing Conference featuring successful local authors. It's at Penrith Library on Sunday, 24th November.

Sydney Indie Con covers everything a business-minded author needs to know - from cover design, marketing, and audiobooks to how to make a living as a writer.

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.

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USA Today bestselling author, Dionne Lister will be speaking at Sydney Indie Con. Image supplied.

Born from a desire to foster community and share knowledge, Sydney Indie Con has gathered successful indie and hybrid authors ( self and traditionally published) along with publishers, who will share their knowledge 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. Amanda Warne took time out of her busy writing schedule to answer a few questions:
NB: Answers provided verbatim.

Q: What is Sydney indie-con?

A: "Indie Con is an event that brings together highly-motivated, inspiring and interesting indie and hybrid authors to discuss insights into their trade.

Creatives, writers, poets, illustrators, and publishers will dive into their own techniques that they use to create, publish and market their work.

It's located in Penrith because previous creative events have overlooked western Sydney and Sydney Indie Con plans to change that."

Q: How is it different from other writer's festivals in Sydney?

A: "Other writer's festivals tend to focus on trade publishing. Sydney Indie Con is all about self-publishing authors who are powerhouses. They create, write, publish, market, and do every tiny thing needed to get their work out into the world.

Sydney Indie Con wants to help facilitate that. Whether someone is starting out, they'll learn the basics; to those who are seasonal writers wanting to learn a new trick or tap into a market, they haven't explored before. No matter what stage you're at, there will be something for you."

Q: What can attendees expect to take away from indie-con?

A: "Brain overload? That's an answer, right? We start with the basics, we tap into publishing, we cover marketing, plus audiobooks. If you are a newbie - bring the thickest notebook you have because you're going to need it.

If you are a seasonal indie author, there will be interesting tips and tricks that you can try out to push your work further. Indie authors never stop learning because the market never stops changing. Once you learn it and know it, it changes again!"

Q: How did you manage to secure so many renowned authors?

A: "Indie authors are awesome networkers, and we're fortunate so many of them are as generous with their advice as they are with their time."

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Whether you prefer a typewriter, a pen and notebook or a computer, all writers of all abilities are welcome at Sydney Indie Con. Image courtesy of Unsplash.

Q: What was the hardest part of putting this festival together?

A: "Controlling my excitement. This is all of my childhood Christmases put together. Honestly, indie authors are goal smashers. No matter how big our goal is, we take appropriate steps into making it a reality. Thankfully, all the speakers are just as ambitious as us and generous with their time. So we feel very loved and supported and I'm loving the process."

Q: Will there be any books for sale at Sydney Indie Con?

A: "The authors speaking will have books on sale at the event. There will be a table set up and an opportunity to grab a copy or some flyers to take home."

Q: "Will there be publishers available who can appraise my manuscript?"

A: "No. The focus of the day is very much empowering Indies to wade into the publishing waters themselves."

Q: Is self-publishing the future for all authors?"

A: "The publishing landscape has changed dramatically in the past 10 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, held on Sunday, 24th November in the theatrette at Penrith Library.

Tickets are $15 and only available online. For the schedule, check the Indie Con website. Penrith Library has ample parking and is a short 10-minute walk from the train station.
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Why? For aspiring writers to learn the business of being a writer
When: Sunday 24th November 2019
Phone: Event organiser: Rebecca Lang, 0416 018 854
Where: Penrith Library, 601 High Street Penrith, NSW 2751
Cost: $15.50 per person including booking fee (tickets must be booked online).
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