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Podcast #3: Paul Kilpatrick, BetaBooks

Author Friendly Podcast Episode 3 with Carla King and Paul Kilpatrick of BetaBooks

  BetaBooks solves the problem of managing comments from your critique partners and early readers by centralizing them in this easy-to-use online platform. In this episode, co-founder Paul Kilpatrick and I talk about the different ways to use the platform and how beta readers are essential to your book and author marketing. You’ll learn how […]

Podcast #2: Len Epp, Leanpub

Leanpub Len Epp Author Friendly Podcast

  Use the “lean publishing system” called Leanpub to upload your books in progress to create early fans, test your book ideas, create serial books (NaNoWriMo!), sell on a sliding scale, and format your books in MOBI, EPUB, and PDF for publication on Amazon and everywhere else. In this conversation with Leanpub Co-Founder Len Epp, we […]

Podcast #1: Introducing the Author Friendly Podcast

Carla King Author Friendly Podcast

 Introducing the Author Friendly Podcast, a consumer’s guide for self-publishers. Each week, I interview the experts behind the products, tools, and services that help authors write, design, format, produce, distribute, market, and sell your books, as well as help you succeed in your craft, career, and business as an independent author. This project is an extension […]

Blogging for authors: A how-to guide

Blogging for authors Carla King Self-Publishing Boot Camp

Your Blog Your NameI am consistently surprised how few writers actually blog. Of the authors that do, too many use WordPress, Typepad, Blogger, Tumbler or another free service. That’s bad. Why? Because you need to blog in your name. I am consistently surprised how few writers actually blog. Of the authors that do, too many use […]

Website Tools to Build Your Author Email List

Grow Author Email List Self-Publishing Carla King

You author email list is your number one marketing tool. Here’s how to make your website an email collecting machine in 10 steps. An irresistible freebieAn email marketing funnelA self-hosted WordPress websiteA premium themeLead pagesAn email marketing service providerA notification ribbonA timer (for scarcity marketing)A search engine optimization toolTime for experimentationGROW YOUR EMAIL LIST WITH AN […]

20 rookie interior book design mistakes to avoid

Professional book people notice rookie mistakes like you notice typos on a billboard.  So don’t use interior book design services from low-cost sites like Fiverr, trusting that they know what they’re doing. They often don’t, and your book is likely to be riddled with rookie mistakes that can easily be avoided. Hire a pro to make your […]