OWSCyCon for Authors

Welcome Authors!

Whether you’re brand new to the indie publishing scene or you’ve been at it for years, OWS CyCon is a great opportunity to spend 3 days connecting with new readers, mingling with your fellow scribes, and rubbing elbows with industry professionals – all from the comfort of your computer! With eight different genres to choose from, your work can find a home at CyCon.

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How Does it Work?

Between now and March 15, authors sign up to participate in the convention and join the participants Facebook groupOur volunteers are working hard behind the scenes to create opportunities for authors to showcase their work. The number of events we can offer will depend on how many authors we have sign up. So invite your author friends to sign up, too!

Many events will be divided by genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror/Thriller, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Urban fantasy/Paranormal and Other.

For past CyCons, these genre-specific events have included things like:

  • Blog hops/tours – Create posts surrounding a theme like villains, gadgets, monsters, etc., talk about your favorite genre, or share your blurb, and everyone drives web traffic to each other
  • Virtual Booths – Curated “digital bookshelves” to entice new readers in your genre to buy your titles
  • Giveaways that help you build your social media presence and e-mail lists
  • Authors-only social events online
  • Forums to discuss your genre
  • New this year – Facebook takeover event opportunities
  • And more!


Sound like fun? Sign up as a participant now and join our Facebook group so you can know about genre events and as new events get added. You can sign up for as many events as you want, and for as many different books as you want.

There are also genre-nonspecific events happening for CyCon. If there are enough sign-ups within specific genres, we may further divide these events. After you’ve filled out the general form above, click on each item to see the individual sign-up form and find out more about each one.

  • Story TimeGet a short excerpt of your story read by a booktuber and posted on their booktube channel and shared across all social media, promoting leading up to CyCon and during CyCon.
  • Cover Wars – Pit your cover design against others and find out who is the fan favorite
  • Character Battles – Think your character is the coolest? Let the readers decide!
  • Youtube Panels – Got a webcam? Join your fellow authors for a chat about bookish topics that interest you!
  • OWS Novel Ideas and Shenanigans– Hosted by Richard White of Authors Write Aloud, this will be a few hours each day where authors will gather for a free for all chat about writing.

And more to be added as we go!