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Pressbooks discounts and news for ebook and print book creation

by Carla King
I wanted to pass this news from Pressbooks on to you. Pressbooks is an online (in the cloud) publishing system that I’ve used twice to create books. It also has a great blog-to-book capability and they allow you to import from Word. They have awesome templates that export to PDF for print and ...

Amazon Kindle Announces Kids Book Creation Tool

by Carla King
Today, Amazon announced Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Kids to help indie authors publish and promote their illustrated and chapter books for children in Kindle stores throughout the world. In addition, the newly launched Kindle Kids’ Book Creator tool allows writers to easily create their illustr...

A Body of Work: My Self-Publishing Videos

by Carla King
Today I wanted to send you a collection of videos on writing and self-publishing that I think you’ll find helpful. There are five episodes of the Carla & Marla Show, a series I’m doing with author and editor Marla Miller on the new rules for authors in the world of indie publishing....

Beyond Microsoft Word: Write Better and Save Money with These Writing & Publishing Tools

by Carla King
A glance inside a construction worker’s toolbox will reveal an assortment of screwdrivers, wrenches, and hammers in varying configurations to suit a particular job. Yet professional writers continue to use Word, Word and more Word. That’s like a construction worker showing up to work wit...

Kindle Unlimited, Scribd or Oyster: Which Reader Subscription Service is Best for Self-Published Authors?

by Carla King
Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited e-book reader subscription program caused a real commotion in the publishing industry last month. But how will this “Netflix for books” model affect the self-publishing industry? Is Kindle Unlimited the best, or should self-publishers join the Scribd or Oyster pro...

Book aggregators and distributors: A short primer

by Carla King
The purpose of this post is to define the terms aggregation and distribution and to introduce you to the tools and services I recommend so that you set out on the right publishing path. Indie authors can upload ebooks to each online ebook retailer directly, but we might instead choose to distribute ...

Easy, Affordable, Professional Interior Book Design

by Carla King
If you are self-publishing a text-heavy book, you no longer have to worry about hiring a book designer. Just use one of these beautiful, professional-looking Microsoft Word templates for as little as $57. Wait a minute, Carla. Do you mean to say that instead of paying upwards of a thousand bucks for...

The Carla & Marla Show Episode 1: Facebook Author Pages and Linked In

by Carla King
In this first episode of The Carla and Marla Show we wrestle with Google+ Hangouts on Air. We introduce ourselves: Me, self-pub geek meets Marla, craft maven, and talk about social media. We got into Facebook and LinkedIn and then ran out of time. There’s so much more to say! What do you need ...

Monday June 30 in Los Angeles at the Independent Writers of Southern California

by Carla King
Join me for IWOSC’s Annual Marketing Panel! MARKETING YOUR WRITING: Increasing Your Success Monday, June 30, 2014 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program) Your writing will not sell itself. No marketing, no nothing, nada, zilch. Regardless of the enormous competition, there are numerous,...

My SoundCloud Channel with Audio Book and Article Excerpts

by Carla King
I’ve created audio version of some sections of my books and articles that I think are of particular interest. I hope these audio files help you learn on the go!...