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10 Quick and Easy Ways to Test, Publish and Sell Your Book

by Carla King
You’ve got your manuscript, so now what? Before committing to big distribution, try these quick and easy ways to publish while you finesse your book with great editing and design. You won’t even need to buy an ISBN number. If you’re not quite ready for prime time, beta publishing is a great wa...

How to Build an Email List in WordPress – Email Marketing 101

by Carla King
Building an email list is a hot topic among bloggers and small business owners. Just about every expert will tell you to build an email list, but most forget to cover common questions like what is an email list? why build an email list? how to build an email list in WordPress? etc. In this […]...

Advice for New Indie Authors from Self-Publishing Veterans

by Carla King
It can be a jungle out there for self-publishers. Just try Googling “publishing an e-book,” and you get a staggering 54,400,000 results. If you search “self-publishing an e-book” you come up with 2,510,000 results and if you ask for “self-publishing advice” you will be directed to a ...

Learn about ISBNs and Metadata from Bowker and IngramSpark

by Carla King
Robin Cutler with IngramSpark interviews Bowker’s Rebecca Albani on the importance of metadata and the ISBN. This is a great video with wisdom imparted from the source. Do understand this before self-publishing. Every author needs ISBNs from Bowker’s MyIdentifiers.com....

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
[Update 9/18/2014: One of my self-pub boot camp authors tried this product and said it is still very basic but she could see where it was trying to go. So don't expect much yet, but look forward to more features unfolding.] Today, Amazon announced Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Kids to help indie au...

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 ...