2 | Create Your Publishing Business

Set yourself up to make a living as an author

Publish from a position of power

Lots of authors have made the decision to self-publish, not from stress, but from a position of power. Even if you want to eventually get a deal from a publishing house, you'll know what your business is worth and you'll become a more confident negotiator.

For example, romance author Bella Andre made a hybrid deal with Harlequin to publish her books in print while she kept the ebook rights. This was groundbreaking and caused the whole industry to re-think their publishing strategies. (Thank you, Bella!)

These days, many authors choose to self-publish. It's no wonder! When you maintain control, you make all the decisions. Your book will never be backlisted unless you decide to backlist it. You can change the cover. You can change the title. You can change how it’s distributed. You can change the metadata. You can experiment with marketing strategies. You can bundle it with your other books or with books by other authors. It’s all up to you.

If you’ve never run your own business, this may seem intimidating. But you don't need to worry about tackling this all at once. Take it a step at a time as you finish your manuscript and learn about the rest of the publishing process. You’ll be glad you did it right. My aim is to help you make money from your writing and to minimize the dead-ends, U-turns, and do-overs.

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"Carla's program covers it all. Her knowledge of this business is extensive and is well communicated through this program.

If you're serious about creating an author business then this course is a must.

She's broken this course down into bite-size, manageable pieces that even the busiest person can find the time to work through and never lose focus. Her friendly nature and responsiveness to questions is a bonus you'll not find everywhere. She truly cares about our success."

A.M. Bochnak, author, Fortitude Rising


As an independent author and publisher you wear many hats, including that of a small-business owner. This role can be rewarding because you have so much more control than if you sell your books to a publishing company. You don't have to do it alone. Join us!

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"It's actually fun to take these lessons. They are full of good advice, practical tips, and they include tons of resource material, all presented in a manner that is easy to follow and use. Carla's infectious, bright personality and generous willingness to help others work their way through the jungle of self-publishing is evident throughout the course."

Tamara Merrill, The Augustus Family Trilogy

"Carla King's courses and experiences have been the most critical step along my road to self-publishing. Without her help and guidance on self-publishing, I doubt my most recent two books would have been written."

Norm DeWitt, Making it Faster


  1. Lifetime membership in the course, even at the low beta price
  2. The Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors, 4th Edition ebook
  3. The Consumer's Guide to Writing & Publishing Tools & Services ebook
  4. Handy worksheets and cheat sheets




The Create Your Publishing Business course is the first step in your transition from author to independent publisher. It's the second course in the Self-Publishing Boot Camp series of six courses.

You can purchase this course separately or as part of the six-course bundle

  1. Set the Foundation for Self-Publishsing Success (available now)
  2. Create Your Publishing Business (available now, in beta)
  3. Make Your Book (February 28, 2018)
  4. Distribute Your Book (March 15, 2018)
  5. Sell Your Book Direct (April 1, 2018)
  6. Market Your Book (April 15, 2018)

This bundle is in beta and you can join for a special price for a limited time only.

Benefits of the bundle:

  1. Lifetime membership in all the courses and additional courses, even at the low beta price
  2. The Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors, 4th Edition ebook
  3. The Consumer's Guide to Writing & Publishing Tools & Services ebook
  4. Handy worksheets and cheat sheets
  5. Membership in a private Facebook group
  6. Regular live webinars and Q&A sessions

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Your Instructor

Carla King
Carla King

Carla King is publisher of Misadventures Media and founder of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp educational series of books and workshops. With a background in technical writing and a passion for travel writing, she started self-publishing her own books in 1995 and has helped many others in their writing and publishing journeys.

King has been known as a leader in self-publishing education since 2010 with Self-Publishing Boot Camp and Author Friendly services. She organizes the self-publishing and technology track for the San Francisco Writers Conference, works as an industry advisor, speaks at publishing conferences, podcasts, and other events.

As the author of many books (on adventure travel) and as publishing consultant, her firsthand knowledge makes King one of the most trusted guides in the industry. The 4th edition of her Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors is the most comprehensive how-to manual for independent authors today. Authors and publishers around the world also count on her Consumer's Guide to Writing & Publishing Tools & Services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.
Do you provide on-on-one support for this course?
I love communicating with authors! We can "talk" in the comments section of each lesson and in the private Facebook group, too! If you've purchased the Self-Publishing Boot Camp bundle you can join one of our regular online meetings.

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