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Five steps to a manuscript that sells whether you self-publish or pitch an agent
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
Start building your author platform now
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 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
The Self-Publishing Freedom Course will show you how to 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
WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER!
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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
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 own adventure travel books in 1995. 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. The 5th 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 for Self-Publishers with reviews of the tools and services that help independent authors publish.
StartSet up and organize your research
StartHow to get to know your readers
StartDan Blank on connecting with your readers
StartJane Friedman: Improve Your Book Descriptions and Audience Targeting
StartDevelop your author brand
StartHow to Use Amazon Advanced Search for market research
StartHow to Use Google to do research
ENROLL IN THE SINGLE COURSE OR GET THE 6-COURSE BUNDLE
The Create Your Publishing Business course is the second course in the Self-Publishing Boot Camp bundle of six courses.
You can purchase this course separately or as part of the six-course bundle
- The Self-Publishing Freedom Course
- Create Your Publishing Business
- Design and Format Your Book
- Distribute Your Book
- Sell Your Book Direct
- Book Marketing and PR
Bonuses with the bundle
- Lower price
- The Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors, 4th Edition ebook
- The Consumer's Guide to Writing & Publishing Tools & Services ebook
- Lifetime membership in all the courses and additional courses, even at the low beta price
- Handy worksheets and cheat sheets
- Membership in a private Facebook group
- Regular live webinars and Q&A sessions