Independent Publishing’s Opportunities & Challenges in 2024

Saturday, March 16, 2024

9 am to 11 am (join us at 8:30 am for a little networking!)

FREE for Members

$25 for Nonmembers


2024 is already off to a newsworthy start! From the rapid development of AI technologies, to the transforming (and sometimes confusing) mix of publishing business models, to retail’s evolving inventory management practices, as well as the continued difficulties in market access for independent publishers, these hot button topics will shape the publishing landscape in the year ahead.

Join the Independent Book Publishers Association’s CEO Andrea Fleck-Nisbet and Director of Membership & Member Services, Christopher Locke, as they discuss the current state of independent publishing, 2024 forecasts and trends, and the work IBPA is doing to support our community as we face the challenges and opportunities ahead.


Andrea Fleck-Nisbet is CEO of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), where she began her tenure in November 2022. Prior to that she was the founding vice-president and publisher of HarperCollin’s lifestyle imprint, Harper Horizon. Andrea spent fifteen years in sales, digital media and business operations at Workman Publishing and was Director of Content Acquisition at Ingram Content Group. She sits on the board of the Book Industry Study Group.



As the IBPA Director of Membership & Member Services, Christopher Locke assists the 3,600 members as they travel along their publishing journeys. Major projects include managing the member benefits to curate the most advantageous services for independent publishers and author publishers; managing the Innovative Voices Program that supports publishers from marginalized communities; and hosting the IBPA podcast, “Inside Independent Publishing (with IBPA).” He’s also passionate about indie publishing, because he’s an author publisher himself, having published two novels so far in his YA trilogy, The Enlightenment Adventures.


The 20% early bird discount ends on Jan. 31, so CIPA members should sign up soon! Something that may be of special note to CIPA members is that IBPA has created single-day registration, so if CIPA members can’t attend the full conference, they’d be able to get just Friday or just Saturday tickets.

Sometime after the early discount, IBPA will extend a special 15% discount to the conference to the members of the Regional Publishers Associations. More details on that to come in February.

As you know, at each IBPA Publishing University, IBPA hosts the Literature & Libations networking event to kick off the conference. Normally, the event is only open to conference attendees, but IBPA would like to invite all CIPA members regardless of whether they’re attending the conference.

LOCATION: Hilton Denver City Center (the conference hotel) in the Colorado/Denver Pre-function area, also known as the Ballroom Foyer

DATE: Thursday, April 25

TIME: 5:30 – 7:30pm