Carla King

Carla King is an author, a publishing consultant, and founder of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp program providing books, lectures and workshops for prospective self-publishers. She has self-published her adventure travel stories since 1994 on the internet and in print. Find her workshop schedule and buy the Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors on SelfPubBootCamp.com.

by Carla King

With triple-digit growth in self-publishing services, technologies evolving weekly, and advertising hype, it’s tough for authors to figure out which vendors to choose for which services. In a three-part series, I’m looking at three popular paths to get your print and e-book to online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores, without going through the subsidy presses. In […] more »

by Carla King

With triple-digit growth in self-publishing services, technologies evolving weekly, and advertising hype, it’s tough for authors to figure out which vendors to choose for which services. In the coming weeks, I’ll be looking at three popular paths to get your print and e-book to online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores, without going through the subsidy presses. […] more »

by Carla King

With big publishing buying only the crème de la crème of books, and more authors turning to self-publishing, many literary agents are getting squeezed right out of the middle. But some savvy agents are acting as literary consultants to help their authors self-publish, a role that offers up new opportunities and challenges for everybody in […] more »

by Carla King

You are excited to self-publish, but sorting through the sheer quantity of offerings, claims, and technologies is overwhelming. I spend a good part of each week researching the topic and, for authors of trade paperback books with no or few illustrations, my answer is to use these two services for creating your e-book and print […] more »

by Carla King

Whether you’re a self-publisher or a large publishing house, you’re probably dealing with six to a dozen online retailers to sell your e-books. There are the big players like Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Borders; online bookstores like Diesel and Powell’s; and perhaps even specialty retailers like AllRomanceeBooks.com. But several companies offer go-between services […] more »

by Carla King

For over a decade I’ve been speaking at conferences about self-publishing to audiences of dejected, rejected authors. There was always a stigma associated with self-publishing, with many people considering it lower quality vanity press. But this year, new faces appeared in the crowd: agents, editors, and publishers eager to understand self-publishing. Why? Self-publishing books has […] more »

by Carla King

For authors and publishers already overwhelmed, last week’s news about the Google eBooks store and Amazon’s Kindle for web only added to the waterfall of controversy pouring into an already raging river of e-book and publishing hype. The big takeaway from these two announcements, and a recent “Books in Browsers” event that I attended, is […] more »

by Carla King

Metadata used to be a wallflower, hiding out at the library with the Dewey Decimal system. Now it’s at every party, flitting about gathering and sorting books on mobile devices, e-readers, and websites. Metadata is a core component of digital information and news; so good book metadata is good book marketing. It’s an essential tool […] more »

by Carla King

In a previous article I described how self-publishers can easily create, market and sell e-books. In this article we’ll discuss the differences and steps required to create more complex enhanced e-books and apps based on books. In a nutshell, an e-book is a digital snapshot of a book, an enhanced e-book adds multimedia and interactive […] more »

by Carla King

The rise of online book retailers means that self-publishers have better access to customers than ever. But many authors still want to be on bookstore shelves. The good news is that you don’t really need traditional distribution to get into bookstores. The Databases With your ISBN and bar code from Bowker in hand (read my […] more »