San Diego is a popular destination for world-class writing conferences, and it supports a thriving community for writers, publishers and self-publishing authors.
In fact, Amazon reports San Diego is the number eight city in the nation with the most authors publishing on KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing, used for paperbacks and eBooks).
Use our resource directory to find:
- Book publicists
- Book publishers
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San Diego Writing and Publishing Events
Also visit the websites for San Diego Writer, Editor and Publisher Organizations section because they may have their own events.
The pandemic has obviously impacted this schedule but some have moved online.
- SDSU Writers' Conference | San Diego State University | Dates: Usually occurs in late January.
- Local Author Showcase | San Diego Central Library | Dates: Usually occurs in February.
- Writer's Symposium by the Sea | Point Loma Nazarene University | Dates: Usually occurs in February.
- Southern California Writers' Conference | San Diego (Hotel Circle) | Dates: Usually occurs in February.
- San Diego Writers Festival | San Diego Central Library | Dates: Usually occurs in April.
- The San Diego Writing Workshop | San Diego (Hotel Circle) | Dates: Usually occurs in May.
- Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop at UC San Diego | UC San Diego | Dates: Summer months.
- San Diego Festival of Books | Liberty Station Point Loma | Dates: Usually occurs in August.
- La Jolla Writer's Conference | La Jolla | Dates: Usually occurs in October.
San Diego Writer, Editor and Publisher Business Organizations
Each of these resources have their own event calendars.
- Publishers & Writers San Diego (PWSD) | Carlsbad Dove Library
- San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN) | San Diego, Old Town area
- San Diego Writers and Editors Guild | San Diego, Old Town area
- San Diego Writers, Ink | Liberty Station
- California Independent Booksellers Alliance (CALIBA)
- Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)-San Diego Chapter | Inquire
- Romantic Writers of America-San Diego Chapter | San Diego, hotel circle area | Notes: San Diego Chapter
- Sisters in Crime | Inquire | Notes: San Diego Chapter name is Partners in Crime
San Diego Book Publicists
You should always choose a publicist that is the right fit for your book, and that you enjoy working with. If having someone local is important, check out one of these book publicity professionals. (In alpha order.)
- Adventures by the Book | San Diego | Key contact: Susan McBeth
- Author Marketing Experts | San Diego | Key contact: Penny Sansevieri
- Booth Media Group | Carlsbad | Key contact: Peg Booth
- Build. Buzz. Launch | Carlsbad | Key contact: Leann Garms
- FSB Associates | Carlsbad | Key contact: Fauzia Burke
- Ollie Media | San Diego | Key contact: Tricia Hedman
- Parallel 33 PR & Literary Services | Encinitas | Key contact: Carina Sammartino
- Paula Margulies Communications | San Diego | Key contact: Paula Margulies
- Pleasantly Persistent PR | San Diego | Key contact: Julia Brown
- SoCal Public Relations | La Mesa | Key contact: Rebecca Grose