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 have free information or if you are feeling overwhelmed you can hire me to coach you through all or part of the process. I have a great team of editors, formatters, designers and website experts, too! Contact me for a free 15 minute consultation.

Carla King, Self-Publishing Expert, Self-Pub Boot CampI’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 on this site, but I write, speak, teach and am quoted in many other places, including the following organizations and media outlets.

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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 and the stigma has gone away.

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 so 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 $50,000 from you with publishing packages that make near-impossible claims. And they’ll keep all the original files, even after you fire them, as most authors do. (Please don’t ask me to count the number of authors who have asked me how to get out of these awful contracts. I’ve lost track!)

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Carla King, self-publishing expert


PS: I know there is a lot of buzz about self-publishing nowadays and you are probably feeling overwhelmed at the sheer amount of information and a bit uncertain about who to trust. Let me assure you, I’m no newbie! I’ve been a committed do-it-yourself publisher for 30 years. (When I realized that I just about jumped out of my chair!) I keep up with trends and new companies and pricing vs service and I know who to trust. It is my pleasure to help make your indie author journey a lot easier, but let the authors I’ve worked with can tell you about my books, Self-Pub Boot Camp and working with me one-on-one: Click here to check out what they have to say.

More About Carla

Carla KingCarla King is an adventure travel author who has self-published since 1994. With a background in technical writing she was perfectly poised to use the internet as a publishing platform and, in 1995, O’Reilly & Associates invited her to publish a realtime online travelogue from her journey around the USA on a cranky Russian sidecar motorcycle. The American Borders Motorcycle Misadventures is the earliest example of a realtime travel “blog” on the net, though the term hadn’t yet been coined. In the mid-2000’s Carla started teaching authors how to write for the web, build websites and manage their businesses from the road. In 2010 she co-founded Self-Pub Boot Camp, an educational series of books and workshops that gathers experts in every aspect of publishing to help indie authors navigate their publishing journeys. She writes for PBS MediaShift and is a popular presenter at writing conferences and business events, focusing on new tools and innovative ways to publish and market books, magazines and multimedia. Find out more about Carla and the programs she offers at SelfPubBootCamp.com.