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Posted on May 27, 2014

uPublishUThe self-publishing industry has enjoyed explosive growth over the past few years. Bowker’s annual self-publishing statistics found that the number of self-published titles released in 2012 jumped more than 422% over the previous five years, bringing an ever-more diverse base of authors into the self-publishing industry.

This rapid growth has also meant a broader definition of what it means to be an indie author, with increasing diversity in self-publishing approaches, styles, and experience levels. This changing makeup of the self-publishing industry has led the organizers of uPublishU—the self-publishing arm of BookExpo America—to expand their offerings at this year’s conference, rolling out programming that will appeal to authors at all different spots along the publishing path.

Taking place at the Javits Center in New York City on Saturday, May 31, uPublishU’s program draws on extensive surveys taken from attendees at last year’s conference.

“We really dig deep into the surveys and are so glad people fill them out, since it helps enhance the program each year,” says Sally Dedecker, conference director of uPublishU. She directly credits these surveys with the creation of sessions like “Creative Content Opportunities,” which puts a special focus on spoken-word audio publishing as an extension of book promotions.

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