Covering the IBPA Publishing University 2023 Conference, IBPA PubU Online Webinars, & Podcasts

Hello & Welcome!

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) -- the largest publishers association in the U.S. with over 4,100 members -- is inviting speaker proposals from experts interested in presenting in-person at IBPA Publishing University 2023 (May 4-6, 2023 at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa in Southern California) and/or virtually as part of IBPA PubU Online webinars and "Inside Independent Publishing (with IBPA)" podcasts (scheduled monthly from January through December 2023). The deadline to apply is September 11, 2022.


The following is especially encouraged:
  • Proposals featuring original content and/or research.
  • Proposals focusing on key aspects of the business of publishing. Please write all proposals -- and plan to present all sessions -- from a publisher's point of view, as opposed to an author's point of view.
  • Proposals featuring real-life scenarios that communicate the organization's challenges and the demonstrated strategies used to resolve them.
  • Proposals featuring checklists, implementation guides, sample policies, action plans, or other tools that attendees can use to apply the knowledge gained in the session.
  • Proposals offering concrete and replicable ideas, actionable advice, and nuts and bolts.
  • Proposals considering and promoting discussions of diversity and inclusion, particularly ones that challenge our norms and seek to create procedures and practices that ensure safe and welcoming environments within our organizations and the publishing industry at-large.

  • Proposals focused on the craft of writing will not be considered.
  • Proposals promoting company products or services will not be considered; however, proposals explaining the underlying technologies used in services will be considered.
  • Speakers for the in-person IBPA Publishing University 2023 conference receive a complimentary ALL ACCESS ticket to IBPA Publishing University 2023.
  • IBPA is not able to cover travel expenses for speakers chosen to participate in the in-person IBPA Publishing University 2023 conference.
  • You are applying to speak and share your expertise with the IBPA community as a volunteer, and we thank you for that. IBPA is a not-for-profit membership association, and together we can live our motto of “helping each other achieve and succeed.”
Proposals must be submitted by Sunday, September 11, 2022. In order to be fair to all applicants, this deadline will not be extended.

You can submit as many proposals as you'd like. Once a proposal is submitted, click DONE and you'll find a link to reenter the proposal system.

If you would find it helpful to have a blank copy of the questions in this submission form, or if you'd like to alter/update a proposal(s) after submission, please email Lee Wind at

IBPA reserves the right to include additional speakers, edit titles and descriptions, and replace moderators as deemed necessary for the overall success of IBPA's educational programming. All such improvements will be reviewed with each applicant.

You will be notified no later than November 30, 2022 of the status of your submission via email to the email address provided in this proposal.