Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors, 4th Edition (Starting Your Self-Publishing Path)
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Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors, 4th Edition

Your roadmap to creating, publishing, promoting, and selling your books

About the Book

There are all kinds of ways for authors to publish today. You can upload your book directly to Amazon and the other major online bookstores or use a distributor to reach hundreds of stores. The trouble is, most authors publish too early, before doing any market research, before asking for feedback from early readers, and without professional editing and design. Authors who want to make a career of writing and publishing need to know there are standards and steps to follow. Those who realize there are no shortcuts are going to succeed when they adhere to those standards and take the necessary steps to publish professionally.

This 4th edition of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Independent Authors offers advice on marketing, editing, design, book production, and business authors need. It's meant for authors willing to do the work to create a readership and make real money from their books. It's meant for authors who want to do it all themselves and for those who want to hire out all or part of the tasks toward publishing. Authors who wish to set up business as a small press will also benefit from the processes spelled out here.

From beta publishing to distribution to media relations, authors will learn how to set a foundation for success from the idea stage to a quality, finished book. The step-by-step process includes recommendations for self-publishing products, tools, and services from reputable companies that are proven and trusted to help authors succeed. Reader's updates keep authors abreast of new offerings and changes in the self-publishing industry.

Carla King has more than twenty years of experience as a writer, self-publisher, web developer, and book consultant. She started self-publishing in 1995 as a technology and travel writer. In 2010 she founded the Self-Publishing Boot Camp series of books, workshops, and online courses. She has been connected with the Silicon Valley self-publishing technology industry from its inception and has served as a trusted advisor to authors eager to use the tools to reach readers.

About the Author

Carla King
Carla King

Carla King is the founder of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp educational program of books, workshops, and online course and hosts the Author Friendly Podcast, an interview program to talk with the people who make the products, tools, and services for independent authors. Her comprehensive Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors is now in its fourth edition. She has written for Bowker’s Self-Published Author, BookWorks, PBS MediaShift, and penned the Book FormattingBook Distribution, and Book Discovery guides for IngramSpark. Carla works with the San Francisco Writers Conference as Independent Publishing Track Leader and Director of Business Development.

Carla spent years as a technical writer and transitioned to travel technology journalist. She freelanced at PC World and other magazines in the early days of portable computing. This paved the way for a career as an adventure travel writer and she has contributed to many magazines and anthologies. With her writing group, the Wild Writing Women, she self-published Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel, in 2001, which was wildly successful until it was sold to a NY publishing house where it has languished for years.

Carla's first self-published book was a guidebook Cycling the French Riviera in 1995. Other books Carla has authored include Stories from Elsewhere: Travels on Two and Three Wheels and American Borders: A circumnavigation of the United States on a Russian sidecar motorcycleShe is working on another memoir about a solo motorcycle trip through China. She splits her time between Dana Point and San Francisco, California.

Table of Contents

  1. The Publishing Journey
  2. Foundational Advice for Beginners
  3. The Importance of Beta Publishing
  4. The Importance of Editing

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