Book Identifiers, Library Systems, and Your Copyright Page

What they are, why you need them, and how to manage them so you keep ownership of your book

Be free to self-publish or get an agent and a traditional publishing deal

How do you remain free to self-publish while you are looking for an agent and a traditional publishing deal? How do you create a manuscript that readers and agents want? How do you keep your book data out of the clutches of unscrupulous vanity presses?

This course will help you prepare your manuscript and your author platform without making so many of the mistakes most authors make. You'll learn:

  • Why you need to buy your own ISBNs so you don't get trapped with a service that may prevent you from getting a publishing deal.
  • How to cultivate critique partners and early readers into fans and a street team marketing machine.
  • How to do the research and market analysis that will help you position your book in the right category, price it, and develop your brand.
  • How to create a high-converting website and email newsletter so you can market directly to your fans.
  • How to self-edit using electronic tools and early readers before you invest in a professional editor.

This course is a shortcut to preparing your book for rave reviews come launch time whether you self-publish, publish with a traditional house, or make a hybrid deal with a small press or distributor. You'll learn everything it took me a decade to learn, and benefit from a system I've been using to teach hundreds of authors in one-on-one consultations, workshops, and in this online course.

"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, author, The Augustus Family Trilogy

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Here's a secret. Marketing actually begins in the manuscript preparation phase with market research and early readers who will help you with story development as you work on your book and with editors who help you perfect your final manuscript. Meanwhile, your author website converts site visitors to email list subscribers and you communicate with even more potential fans using social media.

Those early readers? They're your marketing street team. Enthusiastic fans who will help spread the word about your book when it's published.

"Carla’s course is a must for the novice and seasoned self-publisher alike. She lays out the essential steps in a logical and understandable way. She’ll answer questions you didn’t know you had about the publishing industry!"

—Jeanette F. Chaplin, Ed.D., author, Fireweed Glow and other books

"Carla King's courses and experiences have been the most critical step along my road to self-publishing. Her many years of experience in the field is continually updated, and thereby you receive current pertinent information, a critical element in a quickly changing world. After a mediocre experience with an established publisher for my first book, I considered another book project to be unlikely. Without her help and guidance on self-publishing, I doubt my most recent two books would have been written."

Norm DeWitt, author, Making it Faster

Carla’s well-organized course about self-publishing is packed with friendly and helpful ideas.

—Leila Peltosaari, author, Dancing with Fear and Sell Your Words (release Spring 2018), Tikka Books, Montreal

The Self-Publishing Freedom Course shows you how to make good decisions as you shift between your roles as author and publisher, positioning yourself for success with a quality manuscript and early marketing to build your platform and ready yourself for five star reviews.

Self-publishing may be your final goal or a first step in your career as an independent author. There's nothing to stop you from becoming a hybrid author who self-publishes some books and, for others, uses an agent to publish with the traditional publishing houses.

There will be homework, worksheets, to-do lists, and other extras to help you adjust your strategy and realize the vision you have for your book and your future as an author. There is a private Facebook group for questions, encouragement, and community. And there is a 30-day 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.

Go from dabbling and waiting and wandering through the forest of choices and make the right decisions to transform yourself from a writer to an independent author with the knowledge, confidence, and freedom to do what's best for your book and your career.

Now... let's do this!


Make your book look exactly the same as those from the major publishing houses, recruit early readers, create a fan base, a high-converting website, and start marketing your book. Give yourself the gift of freedom and the power to publish however you like.

Companionship | Encouragement | Guides | Worksheets | Community


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This course is easy enough for newbies and enlightening for those like myself with certain publishing experience. King gives great ideas and processes around working with beta readers and includes two valuable resources in this module, the Consumer's Guide to Writing & Publishing Tools & Services and the Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors. If you are interested in going the indie publishing route, I suggest you start here and travel with Carla!"

Karen Kappe, Publisher, Tragus Media Project


You can do this!

Enrollment in this course is a commitment to succeed as an author. It's a commitment to finishing your book, perfecting your manuscript, and preparing it for publication.

While many authors dream of publishing, most don't take the steps to actually make it happen. So, just by starting, you're actually halfway there. Pat yourself on the back and let's get busy!

You won't be alone. You'll be guided along the path with regular webinars, blog posts, and Q&A sessions. You can also comment on each lesson and join the private Facebook group for discussion, feedback, and promotion.

"Carla has taken the fear and mystery out of self-publishing. Her total knowledge of the process from beginning to end is exceeded only by her ability to communicate it in terms even a novice like myself could understand. A rare talent indeed!"

J.B. Stronberg, author Earth v Trump: A Failure to Protect

"Carla’s teaching abilities, to not only explain writing in general, but to provide the knowledge necessary to take one's book from start to fruition is much appreciated by the seasoned author as well as one just starting out. Her accomplishments speak for themselves! My writing career has only been possible by the commitment of Carla to teach everything that one needs to know."

Dan Dockery, Upstart Author


Your Instructor

Carla King
Carla King

Carla King is the founder of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp educational series of books and workshops. With a background in technical writing and a passion for travel, she started self-publishing her bicycle and motorcycle adventure travel books in 1994. Since then, Carla 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-Pub Boot Camp courses and books and her Destination Published concierge 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 a publishing consultant, her firsthand knowledge makes King one of the most trusted guides in the industry. 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 for Self-Publishers with reviews of the tools and services that help independent authors publish.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts any time you like. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. Some authors take the course quickly and come back to it when they're ready to take action. Others spend four to six weeks stepping through each lesson and performing each task as they go.
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 me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.

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