Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors

There are all kinds of ways for authors to publish today. You can upload your book directly to Amazon and the other major online bookstores or use a distributor to reach hundreds of stores. The trouble is, most authors publish too early, before doing any market research, before asking for feedback from early readers, and without professional editing and design. Authors who want to make a career of writing and publishing need to realize there are standards and steps to follow. Those who realize there are no shortcuts are going to succeed when they adhere to those standards and take the necessary steps to publishing professionally. The Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors offers the advice on marketing, editing, design, book production, and business authors need. It’s meant for authors willing to do the work to create a readership and make real money from their books. It’s meant for authors who want to do it all themselves and for those who want to hire out all or part of the tasks toward publishing. Authors who wish to set up business as a small press will also benefit from the processes spelled out here.From beta publishing to distribution to media relations, authors will learn how to set a foundation for success from the idea stage to a quality, finished book. The step-by-step process includes recommendations for self-publishing products, tools, and services from reputable companies that are proven and trusted to help authors succeed. Reader's updates keep authors abreast of new offerings and changes in the self-publishing industry. Carla King has more than twenty years experience as a writer, self-publisher, web developer, and book consultant. She started self-publishing in 1995 as a technology and travel writer. In 2010 she founded the Self-Publishing Boot Camp series of books, workshops, and online courses. She has been connected with the Silicon Valley self-publishing technology scene industry from the beginning, and has served as a trusted advisor to authors eager to use the tools to reach readers.


Carla King's Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors continues to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide for anyone new to self-publishing. It contains help for authors from writing your book to getting distribution, to selling books from your own site, as well as specific recommendations for today's best service providers and software solutions for indie authors. Highly recommended.

-Joel Friedlander,

There is no facet of publishing evolving faster than self-publishing and somehow, Carla King manages to stay one step ahead. Now in its fourth edition, King delivers sage advice to all types of writers, on every step of the process. Whether you are planning to DIY, or simply want to be an informed purchaser of publishing services, you'll find yourself returning to the Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors for each new chapter of your journey. 

-David Wogahn, AuthorImprints and author, Register Your Book: The Essential Guide to ISBNs, Barcodes, Copyright, and LCCNs

Carla King is a self-publishing guru and her Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors proves just that. Filled with real-life advice for every step of the publishing process, this book is highly recommended for anyone looking to jump into the self-publishing game.

- Fauzia Burke, Author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors

Carla King's excellent guide is a must-read for anyone thinking about publishing their own work. I beg you to read her this book before you even write your first word and you'll have a better understanding of how to bring a book to fruition and then to be successful in the marketplace. She's a great friend to the Indie community and provides this valuable resource as a gift of love.

Robin Cutler, IngramSpark

Carla King's Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors is a must read for every author. Her book is a comprehensive, accessible, with a practical look at all aspects of the vast and constantly changing world of self-publishing. Whether a debut writer or one with a backlist, I recommend keeping the reference at hand and referring to it often. It's like having your own personal guru in your hip pocket. The demands on the successful authorpreneur are seemingly endless and having Self-Publishing Boot Camp to turn to lightens the load.

- Barbara Hinske, Author, the Rosemont series
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About Carla King

Carla King is an adventure travel writer and author who has self-published since 1995. She founded the Self-Publishing Boot Camp educational series of books, workshops, and online courses in 2010, and has helped thousands of authors in a variety of genres publish professionally.

The 4th Edition of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors (978-1945703003) combines and updates all the information in previous editions (including the PBS title How to Self-Publish a Book). Old editions are still available by third parties, but the information is out of date. So please search for the 4th edition.

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