Hi, I’m Carla King. Welcome to the Self-Pub Boot Camp website and blog, where it’s my mission to help you self-publish successfully, in a logical, step-by-step manner.
I’m the founder of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp series of guides, online courses, and workshops, host of the Author Friendly podcast, and publisher at Misadventures Media. I started self-publishing in 1995 and it was so rewarding that I never stopped.
In about 2005, people started asking me how
This was before the internet was a thing, so so there was and there was really only one way to publish: just get an ISBN and a PDF and send it off to the printer! Well, of course there was also editing and design, marketing and sales. But I knew my market and headed back to France to sell 500 books to bicycle shops, tourist offices, and English-language bookstores. I made a significant amount of money and fell in love with self-publishing!
Over the years I transitioned from technical writer to travel technology journalist, freelancing for 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 in 1995 I pioneered the art of the real-time online travelogue (now called a blog) with my motorcycle trip around America test riding a Russian sidecar motorcycle for a company who wanted to import it for sale in the US. Sounds crazy, right? Well, it kinda was, and the blog became a book called American Borders, which was my second self-published book.
I kept riding, writing, and publishing, and self-published a third book with my writing group, the Wild Writing Women in 2001. Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel attracted a lot of attention and was sold to a New York publishing house. Sounds like a success story, right? Wrong. The book hasn’t made a penny since that first run that we did on our own. I started teaching self-publishing in the early 2000s, speaking at writing conferences, blogging, and writing publishing guides. The 4th edition of my Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors was (self) published in February 2018, along with my first online course. Since I launched Self-Pub Boot Camp I’ve helped thousands of authors publish successfully, and that feels really good.
I’m from the San Francisco Bay area where I run the self-publishing track at the San Francisco Writers Conference. I’ve lived in San Diego and Baja, California for the past five years.
Join me, and make the commitment to self-publish professionally.
Carla King, Self-Publishing Boot Camp
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