Why can't I finish this book? What am I going to do with it when it's done? How do I format it? Where do I upload it? How can I get it into stores?
Have you been struggling to sort out all the information on tools and services you need to self-publish, wondering how to start, how to make your book succeed, waiting to reach an audience who wants to read it? You know they're out there.
Do you love it enough, do you want it enough, do you have the stamina to do the marketing, the formatting and design, the distribution, sales, and create a business around your own publishing imprint?
If you've asked yourself any of these questions, I'm sure you can. If you have the desire and all you lack is a clear view to the path to publication, I can help.
That's why I created this set of courses: to provide a clear path to succeeding on your self-publishing journey. I've spent years mapping out the path with my own books and have helped hundreds of authors learn how to publish, too.
This course offers lifetime membership and a 30-day 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.
"I like to thoroughly research new areas that will make my business successful, so I gather scads of resources when I'm in research mode. If you do that with the publishing industry, you'll soon be completely overwhelmed. I learned about Carla King's Self-Pub Boot Camp when she spoke to our writers and publisher's association in San Diego. The publishing industry is a humongous maze. I'm always amazed at Carla's ability to keep up with the latest information, tips, and resources that help with every aspect of writing, producing, publishing, and even distributing and marketing your book. Her Self-Pub Boot Camp courses are well-planned and organized to bring you everything you need to know—in one place—to make the best progress with your books from the moment you hit your computer to write the first word, to the formatting and production of your book, to marketing and distribution. Her materials are easy to understand, professional, complete, fun to read (she has a subtle sense of humor) and most of all, continually updated. I would consider myself very fortunate if I were just beginning the self-publishing journey, to have found Carla's courses first to get me off to the right start. But finding her anywhere in your process will speed your journey considerably, clarifying the confusion and lighting the way with the perfect path to completion."
— Jan Tucker, Author, Speaker, Teacher: White Lotus Living, Perfect Inner Peach, Healing with Qigong
"If you're serious about creating an author business then this course is a must. Carla has broken the courses 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, Fortitude Rising
Take the fear and mystery out of self-publishing with the support you need to create a professionally produced manuscript and grow your author platform.
Wouldn't you love to know how to make your manuscript attractive to agents and publishing houses, but still have the freedom self-publish in a way that doesn't look self-published?
Many authors self-publish some books, use a hybrid press to publish others, and sell other books to traditional publishing houses using an agent.
The old model doesn't really work any more. So empower yourself to take advantage of this circular publishing strategy.
That's what we explore in The Self-Publishing Freedom Course.
Wouldn't you love to know how to upload your books to the print and ebook distribution companies, and which ones to use? The Distribution course will help you figure out what distribution fits best for your books. You may decide on different distribution for different books.
How would you like a website with an email marketing list and readers who can't wait to read your stories? Marketing starts with the very first course and is a theme that runs through all six courses.
In the manuscript preparation phase, your efforts begin 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.
Why not sell directly to your readers at the same time that you distribute to bookstores and online retailers? That's the topic of yet another course on selling direct. You can sell your books directly to your customers or set some up to give away free as lead magnets. You might even put together a collection of your stories or a boxed set.
This is a great way to make more money on your books and to create fans by offering free books.
Is it possible to do your own marketing and PR, and get the attention of the media as you launch your book? As long as you've set the foundation for success early, there's no reason you can't build a fan base that helps you spread the word, not to mention professional connections.
Can you be successful at writing and publishing your own books? Setting Up Your Publishing Business shows you how to do it the right way, legally.
All throughout these courses you'll find text-based lessons, audio, video, and advice from me and other experts either purpose made for these courses or curated from the best of the web. There will be regular webinars, Q&A sessions, and a private Facebook group to help you stay motivated and get your questions answered.
Publishing your books. It's an attainable goal. It happens for authors all over the world and it can happen for you. This course will help you navigate the process, every step of the way.
"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, Motorsports author, Making it Faster, Faster Publishing
"The course is full of good advice, practical tips, and includes 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 courses. It was her first book and her enthusiasm that encouraged me to successfully publish four books."
— Tamara Merrill, The Augustus Family Trilogy, Konstellation Press
"Self publishing can be terrifying for any author—beginner or experienced. Carla's solid research and soothing narrative gives us authors a chance to breathe comfortably and feel the courage needed to plunge into current turmoil that used to be called the publishing business. While I haven't fully abandoned liquid courage, I need a lot less of it thanks to Carla's invaluable guidance."
— Michael Shames, Splashstories.com
I look forward to guiding you on your publishing journey!
Get access to all six of my Self-Publishing Boot Camp courses in this Big Bundle and self-publish professionally and successfully.
The bundle is designed to provide you with more than just information. It provides much-needed companionship during your publishing journey with lifetime membership, live webinars, group discussion, and constantly-updated content in the ever-evolving world of publishing.
The courses are, in order:
I'll be your guide but you'll also hear from many other publishing experts who have prepared lessons especially for Self-Publishing Boot Camp. In addition to the specially-created course content, I've curated a lot of content, including the best of the web with excerpts from blogs and videos that illustrate and inform.
Thank you again for your interest in the Self-Publishing Boot Camp bundle of courses. I look forward to guiding you through the successful creation, publication, and marketing of your book.
"Several years ago I attended one of Carla's workshops and I’ve been a raving fan ever since. I was thrilled when she offered this online course and I signed up for the bundle as soon as it was launched. I can’t say enough about the material and the care she takes to help authors achieve success. Carla’s long history as a writer, publisher, consultant, and workshop leader contributes to the richness of this course which is practical, comprehensive, engaging, inviting, inspiring, and empowering. I'm especially grateful for the lifetime access and continual updates as I continue on my publishing journey."
— Lynn Fraley, Ageless Energy
"The course modules include theories, concepts, application of the processes, and content from industry experts in various focused publishing disciplines. The lessons are strategically grouped in small sections for digestible consumption and the workflow helps demystify the author and publishing relationships in the process, illustrates the potential pitfalls when rushing the process, and helps build a solid learning framework."
— Carl A. Bolton, Software Asset Management: Compliance Audits, Business Practices and License Optimization
"Too often people rush to self-publishing only to find out they have made costly blunders. As a teacher, Carla King will show you how to avoid these mistakes, publish a better manuscript, and position yourself toward larger profits."
— Stephen T. Holland, English & Education Professor, Eastern Iowa Community College and Publisher, "Talkin' Dan Gable"
"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’s well-organized courses about self-publishing are packed with friendly and helpful ideas."
— Leila Peltosaari, Sell Your Words, Tikka Books
Carla King is the founder of the Self-Pub 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 since then 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 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 a 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 for Self-Publishers with reviews of the tools and services that help independent authors publish.