I was turned down by big publishers and that’s the best thing that ever happened to me.
If all the information out there has your head spinning or you just don’t have time to do the research, I want to share what I know about self-publishing from many years of doing it, writing about it, and teaching others how to publish.
I’m Carla King, an author and self-publishing expert. I have a background in technical writing and adventure travel and so when I was turned down by big pub in 1994 I combined my strengths to adventurously and geekily figure out how to self-publish on my own.
Was it difficult? Yes! But I’m comfortable with geeky publishing tools and worked through the process. And I’ve never stopped. Along the way I’ve tested just about every tool and method for self-publishing there is, and I would like to lead you on your indie author journey to save you a lot of time, money and frustration.
You’ll find most of my posts, classes and workshops here, but I write, speak, teach and am quoted in many other places, including these organizations and media outlets.
Doing it your way
I loved the control self-publishing gave me back in 1994 and I still do. You’re lucky that today, self-publishing is not only respected, but even expected!
If you’ve set your heart on a traditional publishing contract you have probably already heard that most agents and publishers want you to at least build your platform and test market your book by self-publishing first. So please don’t wait. Save a lot of time and money by just doing it, and perhaps even fall in love with the process. Do it your way and proudly call yourself an author. It’s easier than you think, especially when you have a guide.
Stay in control
First of all, I want you to be sure to retain control of your book and that you don’t get ripped off. Unfortunately, there are a lot of self-publishing services companies out there that will take $1000, $5000, even up to $50,000 from you with publishing packages that make near-impossible claims. And they’ll keep all the original files, even if you fire them, as most authors do. (Please don’t ask me the number of authors who have asked me how to get out of these awful contracts. I’ve lost track!)
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