The inaugural Publishing in Color conference is seeking African American writers and others of African descent. The purpose of the conference is to foster relationships between prospective authors and representatives from the spiritual publishing industry. Acquisition editors and agents from over 20 companies will be here, looking for new voices – new writers of color. The conference is open to any prospective spiritual writer, however it is particularly focused on serving African Americans.

Connecting storytellers with editors and agents who can midwife them is the purpose of this conference. Bring your stories, learn about publishing, and meet over 20 editors and agents who might help you take them to market.

The conference will emphasize networking, relationship building, and learning “how to get published”. Participating companies will be accepting book proposals.

Registration now open! 

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This is your chance to meet acquisition editors and other key representatives from:


Keynote speakers:


Preliminary conference schedule and presentation titles

Also included: 1-on-1 Meetings, Submit Your Proposal, Writer Database, Open Mic, Bookstore

When and Where: The conference will take place June 19-20, 2018 at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS) in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  NBTS is focused on urban ministries and is well-positioned for this event. The beautiful new NBTS facilities are adjacent to Rutgers University and are only a short walk from an Amtrak train station with connections to New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and the Newark airport (EWR). NJ Transit also serves the same station.

Transportation and Directions (see the New Jersey campus section)

Area Lodging

Early-bird tuition for the main conference is $225 through May 15, and includes all Keynote Sessions, Breakout Seminars, Networking Event, snacks and beverages during registration and breaks, one-on-one meetings, Submit Your Proposal, Writer Database, and the Open Mic evening session. After May 15 tuition will be $250.

Applications for our limited number of scholarships for free attendance are now closed due to high demand. We are pleased to announce that 5 scholarships have been awarded for the June 2018 conference! (In order to protect their privacy, individual award recipients will not be named.)

Publishing in Color is pleased to offer 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for pastors for this writers’ conference. We are a member of the Association of Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry (formerly the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry).

Registration now open! 

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DigDeeper Pre-Conference Retreat (separate registration required; additional 0.5 CEUs available for pastors) – join us on Monday June 18 for this day-long intensive retreat that covers writing, getting published, and marketing.


Advisory Board


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Profits from the Publishing in Color conferences will be donated to the Publishing in Color Scholarship Fund.


Many thanks to our conference sponsors:

Baker Publishing Group

Christianity Today

InterVaristy Press

Our Daily Bread

Urban Ministries, Inc.