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November 3-12, 2021

Connection and Training for the Christian Publishing Professional


Featuring the debut of the PubU CHILDREN'S BOOK SUMMIT on November 3rd!

Early Bird Rate until October 1st

ECPA PubU will continue online this year through a series of webinars conducted in one week. Each track will meet for a full day of webinars and connection, bringing publishing professionals together to learn from experts in Editorial, Marketing, Design, Production & Operations, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion—plus featuring Master Classes and debuting the PubU Children's Book Summit!

This year our conference will be hosted on the Whova conference platform, so that attendees can better connect with each other and actively participate in our program. For one price, attendees can participate in all webinars and networking sessions, receive recordings, and have access to the PubU conference platform for 30 days.

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PubU Online Keynote Webcast on November 4, 11 am central

Free Yourself to Thrive in Your Publishing Mission with Jennie Allen, New York Times bestselling author of Get Out Of Your Head

In conversation with bestselling award-winning novelist and radio host, Chris Fabry
With special guest reading by singer-songwriter, author, and Rabbit Room founder Andrew Peterson

If 2020 was a time of upheaval and crisis in the world, then 2021 certainly carries its aftermath of disorientation, disconnection, and isolation. The resulting cultural malaise and individual anxiety impacts each of us personally and professionally. Join New York Times bestselling author Jennie Allen for this interactive discussion that will help you thrive in your professional mission by tending to your mind and spirit. True freedom comes when we refuse to be victims to our thoughts and realize we have already been equipped with power from God to fight and win the war for our minds…. and then flourish in the mission to which we’ve been called. Jennie Allen is a Bible teacher and founder of IF:Gathering. She is also the author of the #2 ECPA bestselling book in 2020: Get Out Of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts (WaterBrook). Most recently she has written The Story of God children’s book series that help parents give their kids a big view of God. A frequent speaker at national events and conferences, she is a passionate leader, following God’s call on her life to catalyze a generation to live what they believe.

Andrew Peterson, author and singer-songwriter, will open this session with a reading from his book, Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making.

  • Jennie Allen, New York Times bestselling author of Get Out Of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts (WaterBrook)
  • Andrew Peterson, singer-songwriter and author of Adorning the Dark, The Wingfeather Saga series, and The God of the Garden: Thoughts on Creation, Culture, and the Kingdom (B&H Books)
  • Chris Fabry is an award- winning author of more than 80 books and host of Chris Fabry Live on Moody Radio.

Emerging Leader Scholarship & Mentorship Program

Develop new and diverse voices in your organization by sending them to PubU.

Training, Connecting, and Inspiring the Christian Publishing Professional


PubU is a U-Build-It event. Our BrainTrust develops a variety of sessions you can choose from that will inform your role in Christian publishing.


PubU Online grants you access to more than 25 live and pre-recorded webinars, forums, and Zoom meet-ups—customized to your own needs and schedule!


PubU's signature value is learning from industry colleagues and leaders through panels, Q&A, sessions, and discussions about best practices, case studies, and challenges they've faced and overcome. Plan to leave PubU with a few more friends and mentors, inspired and encouraged in your publishing role.


PubU is the place to network and meet others in the industry who do what you do—or not. In any case, the connections you make at PubU will enlarge your vision for the mission of Christian publishing while you hone and appreciate your craft as a vital component of that mission.

What people are saying about PubU

  • "PubU is the boost of energy and creativity that we all need each year."

  • "There is a special place in my heart for the ECPA PubU conference. The care, transparency, and laughter I receive from fellow laborers is refreshing and inspiring."

  • "The highlight of PubU 2019 is the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends from across the industry."

  • "The lobby conversations alone were well worth the cost of the conference."

  • "The value of PubU is the networking and ability to get to know those in the industry. We share so much in common with each other and love learning together."

  • "Gathering with other individuals in the Christian publishing industry at PubU was an encouraging experience."

  • "The emerging leaders track at PubU provided foundational information and a community with other individuals who are equally new to the industry and passionate about publishing."

  • "It was beneficial to meet like-minded individuals and learn from experts in the industry at PubU."

  • "The speakers provided not only statistics and overviews but concrete suggestions that were great takeaways for me."

  • "PubU gathers publishing professionals to help them hone their area of expertise."

  • "PubU was a very valuable event. I loved the opportunity to learn from industry experts and meet other professionals from the industry."

  • "The highlight of my time at PubU was meeting others in the industry and being able to connect with and learn from them."

  • "Being able to bounce new ideas off of people who fully understand your role is invaluable."

  • "The most significant experience for me was spending time chatting with fellow editors."

  • "Had a blast hanging out with amazing colleagues."

  • "I love getting to meet other people in the industry and learn more about how to effectively market our books and reach readers in the growing digital age."

  • "PubU provides a great opportunity to network with other professionals in the Christian publishing industry."

  • "In the span of two days you learn about current tools, resources, and trends that might've taken months or years to come across otherwise."

  • "My first PubU experience was energizing and educational."

  • "Having worked from home for a number of years, this was an excellent opportunity to meet new friends, catch up with old, freshen my editing skills, and be inspired."

  • "The highlight of PubU is the valuable knowledge from the sessions and the contacts I meet."

  • "PubU refreshed me and sparked a desire to exercise my God-given creativity that I haven't felt in years."

  • "Without exception, the PubU sessions are excellent."

  • "The plenary sessions are a wonderful opportunity to gather as industry professionals and think about the place of creativity, justice, and theology in the world of Christian publishing."

  • "The sessions gave us tangible tools to apply to our strategies and got us rethinking how we tackle projects entirely."

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