Do you know your reader?
The biggest mistake an author can make is to publish a book without doing the research to figure out or confirm who your reader is, what category it belongs in, and identify other books and authors who are publishing in the same category.
Do this, and you are way ahead of the game of publishing to five-star reviews on Amazon. This course will help you navigate the process, every step of the way.
Take the first step to getting your book out into the world
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.”
― Richard Bach
How much more confident will you be when you know that your book has an enthusiastic audience of readers just waiting to buy?
This course offers lifetime membership and a 30-day 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.
Marketing begins with research
Here's a secret. Marketing actually begins in the manuscript preparation phase with market research so you can be sure to fit in or fill a gap in the category you're aiming for.
Competitive analysis helps you identify the other authors--your future friends and collaborators--that is your future community.
You'll learn what your book cover should look like, what your website should look like, how your book description should be written, how to craft your author bio, and choose keywords that filter search results for readers eager to read books like yours.
So before you publish, even before you start on that second draft, do this. Guaranteed, it will make your book marketing so much easier. So much!
"It's actually fun to take these lessons. They are full of good advice, practical tips, and they include tons of resource material, all presented in a manner that is easy to follow and use. Carla's infectious, bright personality and generous willingness to help others work their way through the jungle of self-publishing is evident throughout the course."
—Tamara Merrill, author, The Augustus Family Trilogy
"Carla King's courses and experiences have been the most critical step along my road to self-publishing. Her many years of experience in the field is continually updated, and thereby you receive current pertinent information, a critical element in a quickly changing world. After a mediocre experience with an established publisher for my first book, I considered another book project to be unlikely. Without her help and guidance on self-publishing, I doubt my most recent two books would have been written."
—Norm DeWitt, author, Making it Faster
The Market Research and Competitive Analysis Course will show you how to shift between your roles as author and publisher, positioning yourself for success with a quality manuscript and early marketing to build your platform and ready yourself for five star reviews.
If you don't plan to self-publish, put your results in a book proposal. This is the ammunition you need to convince an agent that your book is worth representing.
Equip yourself with the know-how to do everything you need to do to ensure your freedom to self-publish or make a deal with an agent and a publishing house. When you know the market you can pitch to agents
- Set up and organize your research
- Use the results to develop your author brand
- Find out who are your readers, really
- How to use Amazon Advanced Search to find books like yours
- How to use Google Search to find authors like you
- How to improve your book descriptions and other metadata
There will be homework, worksheets, to-do lists, and other extras to help you adjust your strategy and realize the vision you have for your book and your future as an author. There is a private Facebook group for questions, encouragement, and community. And there is a 30-day 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.
Go from dabbling and waiting and wandering through the forest of choices and make the right decisions to transform yourself from a writer to an independent author with the knowledge, confidence, and freedom to do what's best for your book and your career.
Now... let's do this!
Make your book fit on the shelves next to books from the the major publishing houses, make friends with other authors like you, and start marketing your book. Give yourself the gift of freedom and the power to publish however you like.
Companionship | Encouragement | Guides | Worksheets | Community
WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER!
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This course is easy enough for newbies and enlightening for those like myself with certain publishing experience. King gives great ideas and processes around working with beta readers and includes two valuable resources in this module, the Consumer's Guide to Writing & Publishing Tools & Services and the Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors. If you are interested in going the indie publishing route, I suggest you start here and travel with Carla!"
–Karen Kappe, Publisher, Tragus Media Project
You can do this!
Enrollment in this course is a commitment to succeed as an author. It's a commitment to finishing your book, perfecting your manuscript, and preparing it for publication.
While many authors dream of publishing, most don't take the steps to actually make it happen. So, just by starting, you're actually halfway there. Pat yourself on the back and let's get busy!
You won't be alone. You'll be guided along the path with regular webinars, blog posts, and Q&A sessions. You can also comment on each lesson and join the private Facebook group for discussion, feedback, and promotion.
"Carla has taken the fear and mystery out of self-publishing. Her total knowledge of the process from beginning to end is exceeded only by her ability to communicate it in terms even a novice like myself could understand. A rare talent indeed!"
—J.B. Stronberg, author Earth v Trump: A Failure to Protect
"Carla’s teaching abilities, to not only explain writing in general, but to provide the knowledge necessary to take one's book from start to fruition is much appreciated by the seasoned author as well as one just starting out. Her accomplishments speak for themselves! My writing career has only been possible by the commitment of Carla to teach everything that one needs to know."
—Dan Dockery, Upstart Author
Carla King is the founder of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp educational series of books and workshops. With a background in technical writing and a passion for travel, she started self-publishing her bicycle and motorcycle adventure travel books in 1994. Since then, Carla has helped many others in their writing and publishing journeys.
King has been known as a leader in self-publishing education since 2010 with Self-Pub Boot Camp courses and books and her Destination Published concierge services. She organizes the self-publishing and technology track for the San Francisco Writers Conference, works as an industry advisor, speaks at publishing conferences, podcasts, and other events.
As the author of many books (on adventure travel) and as a publishing consultant, her firsthand knowledge makes King one of the most trusted guides in the industry. Her Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors is the most comprehensive how-to manual for independent authors today. Authors and publishers around the world also count on her Consumer’s Guide for Self-Publishers with reviews of the tools and services that help independent authors publish.