Thank you so much for visiting the Tampa Indie Author Book Convention!

The Tampa Indie Author Book Convention is excited to announce the 2019 T.I.A.B.C. convention will be located at the beautiful Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Airport Avion Park Westshore.

July 13th and 14th, 2019

Click here for a list of our scheduled events!

This will be a 2 day event, that means double the chances to meet your favorite authors and hang out with new-to-you books. The complete schedule will be posted in the near future. Plan on making a weekend of it!

We also have a Facebook page here.

Authors: Sign up HERE for 2019 tables!

Authors: Sign up HERE for 2020 tables!


Readers, guests, bloggers, and PAs: Get your General Admission and VIP Tickets HERE.

General Admission – Free

VIP – $20.00 (promo)

25% off VIP tickets using code :TIABC25



Get to know our #TIABC2019

Attending Authors


Yvonne Mason

Guest Speaker – Learning to Wait and to follow the Open Doors

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The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.
Bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Currently, she is the National Photographer for the US JCI Senate

After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006.

Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major.
President’s List At Lanier Tech

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority
Member of The Florida Writer’s Association

The Dream:
Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006.

The Inspiration:
Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up

The Author:
Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:

Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option – the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release. #4 Best Seller on Amazon Kindle

Tangled Minds – a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009

Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008. Nominated for the 2009 National Best Books award, # 7 best seller on Amazon Kindle

Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie –Listed at #5 in Mainstream Novels for 2008 In Predators and Editors Poll, Listed on Amazon Kindle as Best Seller three times.

When Fates Collide Co-Authored With Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc – A Tongue in Cheek Novel about a secretary who has no life and a female Bounty Hunter who is trying to save her job.

A Voice From the Grave- Released Feb 2010- Historical/Present Day Murder/Suspense

Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life – “Pay it Forward”:

“In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple concept. By helping three people, those three people help three more people and soon that becomes nine. Those nine people each help three more people and the giving continues. As you see, it is the power of three. Our giving comes back to us ten-fold. So one could say it is three to the power of ten. We all started out with nothing. By using this philosophy we can help one another and share the goodness of life’s wealth.”

Nick Savage

Guest Speaker – Story Line and Character Development

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Nick Savage is a self-published author originally from the Chicagoland area. His college years were spent studying writing, film, and audio where he developed his love for unromanticized depictions of love, life, and tragedy. He moved to the Orlando area in 2016 where he started writing The Fairlane Incidents (book 1 in The Fairlane series). His other series, The Nation has its first book released (Us Of Legendary Gods) and he is currently working on the second. With a total of three books in progress (So We Stay Hidden [book 2 in The Nation], book 3 in The Fairlane Series, and a graphic novel), and three already available for purchase, he keeps himself rather busy.

He is married and is the proud parent of two cats (yes cats). His wife of 6 years is a personal trainer and health coach. They enjoy taking runs together, fine wine, good whiskey, and trips to the beach and theme parks when he isn’t glued to his work.

Deborah J. Mitchell

Vice President Business Development, Bedside Reading®

Guest Speaker – Marketing outside of the box!

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Again, August is Indie-Month!
Only for August…In addition to our successful proven program 

~Placing books in luxury hotels

~Placing books in The Hamptons

~Placing your book in The Media (guaranteed press)

~Posting on Social Media

~Working with our hotels to post your book on their Instagram platform

We are adding a few new bells and whistles just for you, the indie-author/small press.

We will highlight your book in our newsletter (this goes out twice a month to 4000 Bedside Reading followers) with a Q&A

~We will create special giveaways on social media for your book

~You will be invited to our 2nd-anniversary party (in NYC) (meet press etc)

~If you have a video we will promote your video on our website

~We will have a group call on how you as an author can use all of our media placements to promote your book
Media Impressions per books/per month: Approximately 5+ million media impressions (all documented with a media recap)

We are so affordable, our bookkeeper keeps yelling at us!

Dr. Maria Scunziano-Singh

Guest Speaker – What does it mean to be conscious?

Judi Cineas

Guest Speaker

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Dr. Judi Cinéas is a Florida and New York LCSW. Her web-based therapy practice allows her to serve clients throughout both states for almost two decades. Cinéas is a transition specialist whose focus is on helping people make the lasting changes to get what they want out of life and their relationships. Her books include
Attitude Adjustment: Keys to Living Life on Your Terms
Six Months to Dr.: How To Complete A Dissertation In Six Months
Breaking Through Infinity: The Habit of Breaking Habits
Flipping The Switch: A Guide to Positive Self-Talk (Fall 2019)
Her books focus on helping individuals helping the individual get out of their own way.
Dr. Cinéas has been a South Florida resident for nearly 20 years. She is a beach lover and a self-professed election nerd.

Maureen Famiano – VP Promotion – NOW Publishing

This former award-winning television executive producer has seen her way around a TV studio for more than 30 years. She spent a decade as a reporter before moving into the producing role. Her love of storytelling and letting stories breathe created a natural transition to doing special projects and working on morning show television. Her morning shows focused on inspirational stories and news you can use. Having personally booked more than 10,000 interviews herself, she prides herself at finding the real story, sometimes buried beneath the initial conversations. She’s worked with Jimmy Fallon, Dr. Oz, Jack Hanna, Paula Dean and many more. Awards include the Walter Cronkite Award, Edward R. Murrow Award and numerous Associated Press Awards. Listening is a trait she’s proud to have, which has resulted in the stories she has worked on going viral, appearing on Ellen, The Today Show, CNN and other outlets, with more than 30 million views. A busy mom to two college kids, she loves to travel with her family, enjoys time with animals and looks for ways to share positive messages. She says life is a journey, and every day is a gift.

Remington Walls & Stephanie Walls – Co-Author of “Home Plate”

Guest Speaker – The true story of Resilience

Elizabeth Sutherland – Author of “No Ordinary Liz”

Guest Speaker – An extraordinary life

Loretta McGrath – Author of Body Alignment For Life

Guest Speaker – Strength & Flexibility IS Longevity

Desiree Holt

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Tamara Rokicki

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E.G. Vitulli

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Brooke Lee

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Harmony Stalter

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H. Gorlitz Scott

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TK Lawyer

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Douglas J. McLeod
C. D. Melley
Crimson Nuage


Gina Ferguson

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Winnie Winkle

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Ester Lopez

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Lannie Sheridan

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Robin Bee Owens

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Scarlette Rayne

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Danielle Norman

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Rebecca Hefner

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Amanda Linton

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Bill Liggins

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Ava Wood

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Connie Ruth Vejar – The Vampire Romance Writer

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Julia Pelletier

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Sara Stackpoole

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Andrea Miles Rhoads

Lynn Carmer

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Jennifer Wedmore

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Samantha Nicklaus

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Emily Gray

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Marcia Soligo

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Kaya Gravitter

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Tamalyn Scott

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More Attending Authors Coming Soon!



We are a group of indie authors organizing our second annual book convention/signing for 2019 that will be held in Tampa, Florida. We take being indie very seriously and want our family to grow. There aren’t a lot of big conventions this far south, and we want to change that. Florida is a beautiful state, and Tampa is breathtaking. We want to bring YOU here, and have you connect with our readers. 

Guide to TIABC

Guide to TIABC

The Tampa Indie Book Convention is quickly approaching. With that, we wanted to give you a little more information in regards to the actual event itself. We have been transparent through the entire planning process, along with the marketing strategy that we have in place. Now is the time that we want you to be prepared and expect no surprises. Some of the questions that we have received would be beneficial to all of you, to ensure the global message is being delivered. Keep in mind that we are not only accommodating almost 50 authors, but we need to make sure that our readers are anticipating the event as well.

What you can expect from your host

  • Table arrangements – With the layout of the venue and the size of the tables, we will be providing everyone with enough room to display your books and swag. We contemplated numerous ways to ensure maximum exposure for every author and still allow the desired space for maximum marketing opportunity. 6’ tables will be held for FULL table requests. HLF tables will be 6′ – split between 2 authors. We guarantee enough space for both of you.
  • Table coverings – White table cloths will be provided. You may decide to bring your own coverings.
  • Seating at your table – Seating will be assigned for yourself and a guest or PA, if they have been pre-paid for. This is imperative to ensure the correct amount of space is delegated to you as the author and your guest.
  • Paid Author Fees – To stay consistent, we will ensure that only authors that have reserved their table and paid the table fees will be allowed to sign at the event. Your guests and PA’s are encouraged to help you to market your book but there will only be 1 signing author per paid fee. Additional authors will be responsible for the entire table fee as an author.
  • Marketing and advertising – We have marketed to book stores, libraries and coffee shops within the Tampa area. Our next campaign will be hotels and tourist sites willing to post and distribute flyers during the weekend of TIABC. Post have been made to local blog and forum websites specifically directed to readers of all genres. Press releases will be sent to local radio and television within the next couple of weeks.
  • Banner space – Regardless of standing or table-top banners, we will ensure that you have a reasonable amount of space to display it. If you have a banner that may require a substantial amount of room, please contact Virginia to ensure proper seating arrangements will be made.
  • Contact and support – We will be available for any questions and concerns that you may have during the event. There will be a designated staging area to quickly locate one of us in the event that we are needed.


What an author can expect –

  • Advertising – We cannot make this happen alone. We need your excitement and sharing! Get your readers excited to come visit you! There are more readers out there that will travel to see you than you might expect, let them know where you will be!
  • Table coverings – You are welcome to bring your own table decorations and tablecloths. We want you to showcase your work and your personality at this event. We have been asked about everything from balloons to giveaways – You can bring anything to display that will encourage readers to visit your table.
  • Swag – You are responsible for your own giveaways. Providing bookmarks, magnets, keychains – Anything! Readers love to collect swag at events. To encourage sales, you may want to have select swag for buyers only. *food for thought*
  • Books – You are encouraged to bring paperbacks with you to the event. That is the main purpose of this convention. Quantities will vary based on the number of books that you have available and the necessary need. Most authors bring their most recent or best-selling to the events. In the event that you sell out of a title, you may want to have a back-up plan in place. Set up a pre-order doc or sell and ship after the convention.
  • Pricing – You control you own pricing based on the book. In the past, authors usually offer their books at a set price or in package deals. $10 for 1, $18 for 2, $25 for 3. This seems to be very effective. Also, consider having a budget based book available to introduce yourself to new readers.
  • Payments – We will not have cash on hand as hosts. You will be responsible for having the appropriate amount of change to make your transactions. PayPal and Square are great tools for credit card transactions. Square allows you to swipe a credit card in person.
  • Timeline of the event – TBD…..Any questions in regards to the timeline, please contact Virginia.
  • Contact Info – Closer to the event, you will be provided contact info for Virginia Johnson – including email, text and phone capabilities.


What a reader can expect –

  • Authors – There will be authors that you are following as well as authors that are new to you. You will have to ability to purchase paperbacks from the attending authors. We encourage you to stop by every table to discover new books and imaginations!
  • VIP – VIP access is available, guaranteeing you admission to the convention and a ticket to the after party! The after party will include food and beverages. Open bar is included in the $30 ticket price! Complete the form below to purchase your ticket!

  • BOOKS!! – Authors will be offering paperbacks to purchase. This is a great time to buy books to save you money in shipping! Many authors offer great deals on their books. Pricing may be less expensive, too! Come prepared to stock up on some of your favorites as well as new and exciting release!
  • Friends! – Although, authors are the main draw to any book convention, many readers meet their on-line friends for the first time in person at book conventions. Start thinking about who you would like to meet and INVITE THEM!!


We hope that this gives you a little insight as to what we expect of the TIABC and look forward to seeing you all there!

The Hotel

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Airport Avion Park Westshore



Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Airport Avion Park Westshore

Address5329 Avion Park Dr, Tampa, FL 33607


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