Sydney Indie Con

Sunday 10am – 4pm

24th November 2019

What is Sydney Indie Con?

Sydney Indie Con is a one-day event covering everything a business-minded author needs to know – from cover design, marketing, and audio books to how to make a living from the most successful genres.

Sydney Indie Con is focused on practical ways to make a living in today’s publishing world as an independent and hybrid author.

Born from a desire to foster community and share knowledge, Sydney Indie Con has gathered together some of our smartest and successful indie authors and publishers to share their secrets 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.

Featured Speakers

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Chris Allen

Chris Allen was born in Perth, Western Australia. A former paratrooper, Chris served with the Australian Army including attachments to the New Zealand Army, the British Parachute Regiment and deployments to Africa, South East Asia and Central America. He retired at the rank of Major. In addition to his military career, Chris led security operations for a major international aid agency in East Timor during the 1999 emergency, oversaw the upgrade of Counter Terrorism First Response measures at Sydney Airport in the wake of the September 11 attacks of 2001, and in 2003 when protesters painted ‘No War’ on the sails of the Sydney Opera House, he was headhunted to take over the protection of the iconic landmark. In 2008 he was appointed Sheriff of New South Wales, one of Australia’s most historic law enforcement appointments. Chris now lives on the New South Wales south coast. He has two young sons, Morgan and Rhett.

Ashton Cartwright

Ashton Cartwright has been lucky enough to work with some amazing authors and see their books transform from rough manuscripts to successful novels and bestsellers. Here’s something you should probably know about him: “I love publishing. I love every single aspect of it. I love editing, proofreading, building an author’s platform, networking with bloggers, consulting with cover designers, advertising, setting up author websites, marketing new releases, organising blog tours, everything.”
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Christopher Cartwright

Christopher Cartwright is a trained paramedic, sailor, and scuba diver. His novels are filled with action and adventure, and almost always tied in with the deep blue sea. If you enjoy authors like Mathew Reilly and Clive Cussler, then you’ll like Christopher Cartwright’s stories.
You can visit him at

Serene Conneeley

Serene Conneeley is an Australian writer with a fascination for history, travel, ritual and the myth and magic of ancient places and cultures. She’s written for magazines about news, travel, health, spirituality, entertainment and social and environmental issues, been editor of several preschool magazines, and contributed to international books on history, witchcraft, psychic development and personal transformation. She’s the author of the Into the Mists Trilogy – Into the Mists, Into the Dark and Into the Light – the Into the Storm Trilogy – Into the Storm, Into the Fire and Into the Air – and the non-fiction books Seven Sacred Sites, A Magical Journey, Faery Magic, Mermaid Magic and Witchy Magic, and creator of the meditation CD Sacred Journey. Serene is a reconnective healing practitioner, and has studied magical and medicinal herbalism, bereavement counselling, reiki and many other healing modalities, plus politics and journalism. She loves reading, drinking tea with her friends, working out, and celebrating the energy of the moon and the magic of the earth. Her pagan heart blossomed as she climbed mountains, sat in stone circles, climbed into ancient burial mounds and stood in the shadow of the pyramids on her travels, and she’s also learned the magic of finding true happiness and peace at home.

Jeffery E. Doherty

Jeffery E Doherty makes up stuff, he’s arty and a bit of a nerd, well quite a big nerd. He loves to read, write, illustrate and review books and stories for children. He is the author of Pager Magic, and the junior fantasy series, The Guardians of St. Gilesas well as illustrating The Adventures of Teddy and Karl, a collection of bedtime stories for children. To find out more visit his web site at

Erin Grace

Erin Grace’s love of collecting and reproducing antique lace led to a deep connection with the past. She felt every snippet of the precious fabric held a unique story – one Erin longed to tell. But, as no two pieces of lace are the same, neither are Erin’s stories. Escaping from her ‘real world’ of sales and marketing, she immerses herself in unfolding tales of dire circumstance, brave heroines, unscrupulous villains and, of course, passionate hot-blooded men. Erin writes mostly Historical Romance and Time-travel Romance, and to date has published 10 books and has recently released her first audiobook. Erin’s favourite authors include Julie Garwood, Amanda Quick and Diana Gabaldon. When not writing, Erin indulges in her love of home-style food and tending the vegetable patch. Erin lives with her husband and scruffy dog, Nelly, in the Blue Mountains, Australia.

Rebecca Lang

Rebecca Lang is an Australian writer who has followed the trail of various extinct, rare and rumoured to exist animals including the Thylacine, Orang pendek and Australian big cat. She writes fiction under various pseudynoms and is the co-author with Michael Williams of several non-fiction wildlife mystery books including Australian Big Cats: An Unnatural History of Panthers (Strange Nation 2010), which pieced together the legend of Australia’s mysterious ‘black panther’, and co-wrote the foreword for the re-released cult classic Savage Shadow: The Search for the Australian Cougar (Strange Nation 2011). Most recently she edited a thought-provoking collection of essays about the Thylacine, The Tasmanian Tiger: Extinct or Extant? (Strange Nation 2014).
Rebecca has been a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) since its inception in 2012, and is a great supporter of independent publishing.

Dionne Lister

USA Today bestselling author, Dionne Lister is a Sydneysider with a degree in creative writing, two Siamese cats, and is a member of the SFWA. Daydreaming has always been her passion, so writing was a natural progression from staring out the window in primary school, and being an author was a dream she held since childhood.

Unfortunately, writing was only a hobby while Dionne worked as a property valuer in Sydney, until her mid-thirties when she returned to study and completed her creative writing degree. Since then, she has indulged her passion for writing while raising two children with her husband. Her books have attracted praise from Apple iBooks and have reached #1 on Amazon and iBooks charts worldwide, frequently occupying top 100 lists in fantasy.

Dionne works as an editor, has published a YA epic fantasy series called The Circle of Talia, and is currently writing The Rose of Nerine fantasy series and the Paranormal Investigation Bureau cozy mystery series. Shadows of the Realm has been translated into Spanish and Italian, and is available at all ebook stores. You can find Dionne on her website and other social media.

Nikki Sex

Nikki has had half a dozen novels hit the bestseller list, and writes in both contemporary romance and erotica categories. Her stories often involve a bit of kink, but she’s a sucker for Happy Ever After endings, so no matter how dark her stories get, it always all works out.
She is best know for her novels KarmaFateKink, and Abuse, as well as her serials Bound and FreedCarmen’s New York Romance, and Elizabeth’s Bondage.

Elizabeth Storrs

Elisabeth Storrs has a great love for the history, legends and myths of the ancient world. She is the award winning author of the Tales of Ancient Rome Saga which has been endorsed by international authors, Ursula Le Guin, Kate Quinn and Ben Kane. Elisabeth considers herself a ‘hybrid’ author who was traditionally published in Australia, then gained a readership in the global historical fiction community through self-publishing. This led her to securing a publishing contract with Lake Union in the United States. She is the former Deputy Chair of Writing NSW and the co-founder of the HNSA. Learn more at

A. A. Warne

A. A. Warne writes elaborate, strange, dark, and twisted stories. In other words, speculative fiction.
Located at the bottom of the Blue Mountains in Sydney, Australia, Amanda was born an artist and grew up a painter before deciding to study pottery.
But it wasn’t until she found the art of the written word that her universe expanded.
A graduate of Western Sydney University in Arts, Amanda now spends her time wrestling three kids and writing full time.
Visit Amanda at

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24th November 2019


Penrith Library


$15 each
On sale: 7pm Sunday – 22nd September


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