Below are the Companies, Associations and Authors with exhibits
2018 San Francisco Writers Conference.

Whether you are attending the conference or just interested in learning about new services and products for writers, plan to stop by the Exhibitor booths at the SFWC. The EXHIBIT HALL area in the California Room on the California Level of the Mark Hopkins is open to the public during most of the conference hours. Exhibitors will be in the California Room and the lobby of the  during the event. 

For a schedule of EXHIBITOR TALKS by the exhibitors CLICK HERE.   
These informative talks will be open to the public!

BetaBooks is the world’s first reader management software for professional authors. Share your manuscript with your beta readers, see how far along they are, and get feedback like never before. BetaBooks makes it easy to manage your beta readers!  CLICK HERE

Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

BAIPA–Bay Area Independent Publishers Association is an active group that offers networking for publishers and education for writers. BAIPA is a non-profit educational organization devoted to elevating the art of publishing. To that end, it offers links to publication support, monthly meetings, workshops, and much more.

California Writers Club

 CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB is a non-profit and one of the oldest writers clubs in the nation, with a strong, vibrant organization of around eighteen hundred members in 21 branches throughout the state. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1909, it continues to expand and grow. All branches meet on a monthly basis, usually with a guest speaker who informs, educates, and entertains on topics relating to writing or the writing life. For further information please visit

  CARLY GELSINGER CREATIVE SERVICES offers a full range of support for writers.  Carly partners with authors at any stage of the writing process from brainstorming to proofreading. She specializes in memoir and is an author herself. Her latest book is “Once You Go In You Never Come Out: A Memoir” published by She Writes Press. Carly also offers writing workshops in the South Bay. 

DART FROG BOOKS   Wondering how to get your self-published book into bookstores? Meet DartFrog. We evaluate, select and distribute exceptional self-published books to independent bookstores. Stop by our booth to learn more about our submission process, or visit our website before the conference to schedule a 10 min appointment slot. First ten authors to schedule an appointment will receive a sturdy, DartFrog branded, gray canvas messenger bag. Everyone who makes an appointment will receive a special discount code equal to 10% off the DartFrog submission fee.

GATEKEEPER PRESS is the premier self-publishing service provider in the industry. We partner with authors and publishers to produce and distribute high-quality books in digital and print formats. Our authors earn 100% of their royalties and retain 100% of their rights, and our distribution networks reach readers all over the world. Our mission is to offer the highest-quality services with the best author-centric experience. Simply put, our authors are family. Visit our booth to sign up for your free consultation.   

JEN GRAYBEAL Editing Services.   Jen Graybeal offers professional editing services–developmental editing, line editing, proof reading, and copy writing.
When you want your writing to make a great impression, Jen can make your words shine. She is a member of several professional organizations
including Romance Writers of America and the Editorial Freelancers Association. 

  IBPA–Independent Book Publishers Association–is the largest book publishing association in the U.S. serving independent publishers and self-published authors. Before IBPA, Angela served two years as deputy executive director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and, before that, two years as associate director and two years as marketing and communications manager. Today she serves on the board of BISG. Angela holds an MS in Book Publishing from NYU.

ingram-from-webINGRAMSPARK   IngramSpark is an award-winning self-publishing platform, recognized by the Authors Guild for distinguished service to the literary community. Once uploaded, IngramSpark connects your book to 39,000+ retailers and libraries, including B&N and your local indie bookstore, and 70+ major online retailers like Amazon, Apple, and more. Upload for FREE with promo code SFWC before 4/30/18.

 IngramSpark Director Robin Cutler will be a presenter at the 2018 SFWC.  Visit her at their booth in the lobby and also at 

LULU PRESS is all about providing the best print on demand and self-publishing services. Available in over 150 countries, with more than 4,000,000,000 pages printed (yep, that’s billions), we’ve got a pretty good idea of what self-publishing is all about. Looking for print and ebook distribution? We’ve got it! Send your books around the world or around the corner with our global distribution network that includes Amazon, Ingram, and Barnes & Noble, to name a few. Best of all? Lulu offers completely free publishing. Good luck finding another self-publisher offering that kind of freedom. Come listen to two of our favorite Lulus offer some wisdom during our Exhibitor Talk in the California Room. Also, be sure to drop by our booth, grab some swag and enter our contest! – silly name, serious publishing.

Melanie Rijkers- SFWC OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER. As a writer knows, you must have a good headshot for your website, book jacket, and general publicity. You are in luck. We will have an international photographer on site to take headshots! A sitting includes one photo in HR (high res). The fee is to be paid in cash upfront. The photos will be available in low res shortly after the conference to order by e-mail. You can contact Melanie Rijkers in advance to set up your appointment at the event or connect at the event. Email: Phone: 31.6.50578414 Her website is  

MECHANICS INSTITUTE LIBRARY is our valued partner for our year-round SFWC-MIL Classes. They will also be an exhibitor so you can learn more about them. MIL is a leading cultural center that includes a vibrant library, a world-renowned chess program and a full calendar of engaging cultural events. Founded in 1854 to serve the educational and social needs of mechanics — artisans, craftsmen, and inventors — and their families, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker. We are located in our 9-story landmark building in the Financial District of San Francisco at 57 Post Street.  Meet MIL’s Strategic Partnerships Director Taryn Edwards on Friday and Saturday at their exhibit table.

 ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA-San Francisco Area is a trade organization dedicated to the business and craft of writing romance.  Rebecca Hunter, Rachel Herron and other members will be offering advice at the booth, be on panels during the SFWC, and give an Exhibitor Talk.  CLICK HERE

SMASHWORDS is the world’s largest distributor of self-published ebooks serving over 120,000 independent authors, publishers, and literary agents.  Smashwords makes it Smashwordsfast, free and easy for authors and publishers to distribute ebooks to the world’s largest ebook retailers, subscription services, and public libraries. Authors and publishers retain full control over how their works are published, sampled, priced and sold. If an author wants to give it away for free, they have that freedom.     We are delighted that both founder Mark Coker and Marketing Director Jim Azevedo will be presenters this year at the SFWC.   CLICK HERE  

VERITY AUDIO PRODUCTIONS  is a full-service audiobook production company.  We develop books, articles, and other copy into professional and reproducible audio productions. The production process is customized for your budget and schedule.   We have years of industry experience, so we can choose and describe the options that meet your needs.  The planning process starts with your vision for the final product, and you can watch your project develop step-by-step.  We work with award-winning narrators, so listeners enjoy hearing your work. Meet with Cory Verner at their booth and hear his Exhibitor Talk at the 2018 SFWC.

WNBA-SF The Women’s National Book Association was established in 1917, before women in America even had the right to vote. WNBA is a vibrant national organization with chapters in nine cities, individual Network Members across the country, numerous corporate Sustaining Members, and chapter Honorary Members in the world of books and beyond. WNBA is a broad-based non-profit organization with some 800 members across the country, three distinguished national awards, and a history of lively events in chapter cities and elsewhere. The San Francisco Bay Area chapter will be on hand to tell you more at the 2015 SFWC.  

WRITER’S DIGEST   Since 1920, Writer’s Digest magazine has provided aspiring and experienced scribes with must-have tips and publishing Writers Digestsecrets, inspirational stories of writers who are living the dream, technique articles geared towards specific genres, and the latest (and greatest) markets for pint, online and e-publishing. No matter what type of writing you do—fiction, nonfiction, or freelance—you’ll find each issue contains questions and quandaries, interviews with debut authors, literary agents and the work they are looking for, and features relevant topics for writers, such as how to get published, marketing and selling your book, and loads of hands-on articles about the craft of writing. Plus, explore how to overcome writer’s block, rejection, and more through interviews with well-know authors such as David Baldacci, Heather Graham, Scott Turow and Andy Weir.

2010-SFWC-Logo-SquareVW TAPES! Don’t forget to take the conference home with you. Stop by the VW TAPES table before you leave! Patrick von Weigandt has been taping the San Francisco Writers Conference sessions since…well, forever. If you want to start a collection of recordings from this year…or any of the previous SFWC events…Patrick is happy to serve you. Oh, don’t forget to pick up one of his award winning music CDs while you are at it. Visit him at the conference or go to the VWTapes website. 


SFWC ONSITE BOOKSTORE presented by BookShop West Portal, will be in the California Room next to the Exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall.  Stop by during the event to get books on writing or an autograph from a presenter during the booksignings throughout the day.  Neal Sofman and Susan Tunis will be on hand to answer your questions about books. It is your opportunity to meet the folks who run one of the best independent bookstores in the city.


NOTE: Want to be an EXHIBITOR, or an Exhibitor/Sponsor? Ask Barbara at or  DOWNLOAD an EXHIBITOR AGREEMENT