3 | Make Your Book

Creating your book to professional standards

The Make Your Book course is the third course in the Self-Publishing Boot Camp series of six courses. Each course is priced at $100, but I want to encourage you to get them all during this beta period, so I've priced the bundle at $400. Get the bundle, here

  1. Set a Foundation for Success (available now)
  2. Create Your Publishing Business (available now)
  3. Make Your Book (available now, in beta)
  4. Distribute Your Book (March 30, 2018)
  5. Sell Your Book Direct (April 15, 2018)
  6. Market Your Book (April 30, 2018)


The purpose of the Make Your Book course is to show you how to create your book in print and ebook formats professionally. First, you'll gain an understanding of the various book formats—PDF for print and EPUB and MOBI for digital—and how to convert your book into these formats.

You'll also understand e-reading devices, which formats they need (MOBI for Kindle and EPUB for all the others), and design considerations for creating your book in reflowable or fixed-layout format.

The details of book production is also included, for interior design and cover design.

A lot of authors use Amazon CreateSpace templates to format their books and design their covers and that's really easy, but it's not the most professional way to go about it. To get professional results you'll need to step up to professional book design templates with customization or hire out the book creation process.

Though the course is skewed toward the do-it-yourselfer, the information presented here is also essential for those of you who wish to hire out all or part of the process. When you understand the process, you can hire the right people and supervise the work.

You'll also find a lot of worksheets and lists, plus audio and video lessons and perspective by me and other experts who have valuable advice and examples to share.

Use the comments in each lesson to let me know how it's going or to ask me questions. I'm here for you!

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.

Class Curriculum

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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?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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