Consumer's Guide for Writers
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Consumer's Guide for Writers

Reviews of writing and publishing companies, tools, and services

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Spend your time and money wisely! Use this consumer's guide to figure out which products, tools, and services you need to help you write, edit, format, design, fund, publish, sell, market, promote your books and do business as an author. Take all the doubt out of your decisions about what use in your journey as and keep this reference handy. Monthly updates with email address.

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About the Author

Carla King
Carla King

Carla King is an adventure travel author, journalist, blogger, speaker, and writing and publishing coach.

In 1995, Carla pioneered the art of the internet travelogue (now called blogs) with stories about breakdowns in small towns all around the USA from the saddle of a Russian Ural sidecar motorcycle. Other trips on unreliable indigenous motorcycles took her to India, China, Europe, Baja, and Morocco.

A former technical writer, Carla self-published her first book in 1994 and, in 2007, at the cutting edge of self-publishing, vowed to follow the industry. She became an industry watchdog, pundit, lecturer, workshop leader, and how-to book author. Her Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Independent Authors is now in its 5th edition, and she runs online courses under the same brand. Destination Published is her author coaching service and Author Friendly is her podcast. She also runs post-covid Virtual Travel Writing Group.

Carla speaks widely about writing and publishing in the adventure travel and literary worlds, at events like Overland Expo and the San Francisco Writer’s Conference.

Table of Contents

  • I Creating Your Book
    • 1. Interior Design and Formatting
    • 2. Plain Text Writing & Formatting Tools
    • 3. Book Cover Design
    • 4. Ebook, Document and Image Conversion
    • 5. Custom Publishing Services
    • 6. Editing Services
  • II Distributing Your Book
    • 7. Distribution Services
    • 8. Direct to Retailer Services
    • 9. Full-Service Formatting, Design, and Distribution
  • III Marketing Your Book
    • 10. Market Research and Competitive Analysis
    • 11. Critique Partners and Beta Readers
    • 12. Book Review Services and Software
    • 13. Trade Reviews
    • 14. Email Marketing
    • 15. Websites and Blogs
    • 16. Marketing Ads and Apps
    • 17. Copywriting Services
  • IV Selling Your Book Direct
    • 18. Direct Sales Tools
    • 19. E-Commerce Solutions
  • V Doing Business
    • 20. Online Marketplaces
    • 21. Book Sales Tracking Software
    • 22. Writing Software
    • 23. Editing Software
    • 24. Business and Productivity
    • 25. Crowdfunding Tools
    • 26. Affiliate Programs
    • 27. Book Translation Services
    • 28. Writing Around the World
    • Suggested Reading
    • Author and Publisher Organizations
    • Subscribe for Updates
    • About the Author
    • Acknowledgements
    • There’s lots more where this came from!

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