1 | Set the Foundation for Self-Publishing Success

The first steps for independent authors on the path to professional publishing.

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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, author, The Augustus Family Trilogy

"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

Take the first step in your transition from author to independent publisher

Most authors write a book, get a few friends and family to look it over, and publish. That gets their book out into the world but it is not a formula for success, no matter how much time and money they spend on marketing.

Here's the secret. Marketing actually begins in the manuscript preparation phase with early readers who will help you with story development and editing as you work on your book. Then, editors will help you perfect it.

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

The Set the Foundation for Self-Publishing Success course will help you shift your mindset from author to publisher, understand why early readers are so important, what tools will help you beta publish, and how to get your book the editing it deserves.

Specifically, this course will:

  1. Align your perhaps impatient author mindset (“I just want to get it out there!”) with your publisher mindset (“I want to do it professionally!”).
  2. Introduce you to the concept of beta publishing and other techniques you can use to perfect your manuscript, build your platform, and create awareness about your book before you’re finished writing it.
  3. Walk you through the editing and proofreading process that is crucial to creating a manuscript that is truly ready for formatting and design.
  4. Jumpstart your book marketing with early fans.

The lessons in this course map out the steps you need to take to ensure that your manuscript is of the highest possible quality and tested in the marketplace before you publish.


Make your book look exactly the same as those from the major publishing houses, recruit early readers, create a fan base, and start marketing your book. There's no need to wait!

Companionship | Encouragement | Guides | Worksheets | Community


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Set the Foundation for Self-Publishing Success 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. Also included is a breakdown of editorial roles and how to hire an editor. If you 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!

Congratulations for making the commitment to finishing your book, perfecting your manuscript, and preparing it for publication. You're in the minority because, 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. I'll be here to guide you 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 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’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 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.


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

  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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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 15 days and we will give you a full refund.

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