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Our past sponsors and supporters
Helping authors publish well
- Draft2Digital offers a broad suite of free and powerful automated and self-serve tools that authors and publishers can use to build and grow their publishing businesses. This includes tools to simplify ebook and print publishing, distribution, metadata management, and marketing
- Chanticleer Book Reviews will be offering tools and tips to help authors reach their publishing goals. Whether you need editorial or marketing services or want to enter a book award competition, Chanticleer has what you need. Founder Kiffer Brown will be a featured speaker.
- IngramSpark for independent publishing, printing, and distribution
- Smashwords We are happy to announce they were recently acquired by Draft2Digital, but they will continue to bring their ebook publishing and distribution expertise to the SFWC Exhibit Hall.
- Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) network – your source for editorial professionals
Writing & publishing organizations
- Mechanics Institute Library – our partner for year-round writing and publishing classes
- California Writers Club (CWC) – nonprofit writers club
- Tri-Valley Writers – a branch of the CWC
- Women’s National Book Association, SF – the San Francisco chapter of this great national organization
- National Writers Union (NWU) – represents writers of all genres and media
- VW Tapes – Missed a session? Purchase the audio here.
- Writer’s Digest magazine for writers
- BookShop West Portal – support our local independent bookstore
We are always excited to have most of our sponsors onsite in the exhibit hall. Here’s more about them.
|Don’t forget…the SFWC EXHIBIT HALL is open to the public! You don’t have to be an attendee to talk with these experts. (Check the SFWC schedule for hours and days)
|Chanticleer Book Reviews, Editorial Services, Book Awards and Author Conference. Need more? They also offer author platform/branding, a book club and reader forum. This dynamic company will have the answers you need to be the best writer you can possibly be. Stop by and say hello to founder, Kiffer Brown.
|Draft2Digital offers a broad suite of free and powerful automated and self-serve tools that authors and publishers can use to build and grow their publishing businesses. This includes tools to simplify ebook and print publishing, distribution, metadata management, and marketing. Following its acquisition of Smashwords, Draft2Digital now serves more than 250,000 indie authors and publishers who collectively publish over 800,000 books worldwide. Visit Draft2Digital at https://draft2digital.com or follow on Twitter @Draft2Digital.
|IngramSpark is a premier publishing platform offering print and e-book distribution services for authors and independent publishers. Tens of thousands of customers in 36 countries have entrusted IngramSpark to deliver their content to Ingram’s distribution network of 39,000 retailers and libraries around the world. By combining the broadest book distribution with the best in print-on-demand technology, they provide a risk-free, affordable way for authors to bring their book to market in multiple formats.
|Smashwords was recently acquired by Draft2Digital. But Smashwords is one of our favorite exhibitors…still! Stop by the Draft2Digital booth. These two companies combining forces will be a huge benefit to writers. Draft2Digital Marketing Director Kevin Tumlinson and Corporate Communications Manager Jim Azevedo will be presenters this year at the SFWC.
|CalHumanities and California Small Business Advocacy kept the conference moving forward when the world shut down due to covid. Our thanks to the wonderful state of California. (Will not be exhibiting)
|Literary Arts Emergency Fund supported by the Mellon Foundation granted SFWC not one, but TWO grants! Our gratitude is immense. (Will not be exhibiting)
|The 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 Digital Nomad.
|TheIndependent Book Publishers Association(IBPA) makes it easier for independent book publishers and self-published authors to navigate the sometimes intimidating publishing process. They offer advice, discounts on publishing services, educational programs and webinars, awards programs, a monthly print magazine and a published code of ethics for over 3,000 members.
|The Editorial Freelancers Assocation organizes editorial freelancers into a network for mutual support and advancement. They are recognized throughout the publishing industry as a trusted source for professional editorial assistance. Find your next book editor, proofreader, or marketing copy editor here.
|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.
|Tri-Valley Writers is an active branch of the California Writers Club…and will share a table with them. During the SFWC, you will find some of their members on stage, at the registration desk and presenting the Practice Your Pitch sessions. With monthly meetings and their own annual writers conference, Tri-Valley Writers will help keep you on the writing path all year long.
|The National Writers Union represents writers of all genres and media. It is part of the UAW, AFL-CIO, and has a Spanish language division, too.
|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.
|Since 1920, Writer’s Digest magazine has provided aspiring and experienced scribes with must-have tips and publishing secrets, 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-known authors such as David Baldacci, Heather Graham, Scott Turow and Andy Weir.
|BookShop West Portal runs our onsite bookstore where you can purchase books on writing or an autograph from a presenter during the booksignings throughout the day. Neal Sofman, Anna Bullard, Lillian Van Cleve and Susan Tunis will be on hand to answer your questions about books. This is your opportunity to meet the folks who run one of the best independent bookstores in the city.
|VW Tapes Patrick von Wiegandt has been taping the San Francisco Writers Conference sessions since 2004. This any session from this or any other year from their site. And don’t forget to pick up one of his award winning music CDs while you are at it.