Book Creation Tools

Indie Pub Love: Book Design Templates

Indie Pub Love: Book Design Templates

If you’re self-publishing a text-heavy book, you no longer have to worry about hiring a book designer. Just use one of these beautiful, professional-looking Microsoft Word templates for as little as $57 for both print and ebook formats. They’ve got a lot of templates to choose from, and are adding more all the time. And […]

By April 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Easy, Affordable, Professional Interior Book Design

Easy, Affordable, Professional Interior Book Design

If you’re self-publishing a text-heavy book, you no longer have to worry about hiring a book designer. Just use one of these beautiful, professional-looking Microsoft Word templates for as little as $57. Wait a minute, Carla. Do you mean to say that instead of paying upwards of a thousand bucks for professional book design for […]

By April 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Understand Lean Publishing, Serial and Sensation Fiction, and Maybe Do It

Understand Lean Publishing, Serial and Sensation Fiction, and Maybe Do It

Here’s a brilliant talk by Peter Armstrong the founder of LeanPub at TOC 2013 on how publishing is like a startup and how to iterate by creating serial books to ensure success. There are lots of tools to do this today. I like Scribd and Wattpad and LeanPub – but my best recommendation for fiction […]

Book Distribution

Indie Pub Love: Libiro

Indie Pub Love: Libiro

Libiro is an indie ebookstore just out of beta today. Upload and sell your PDF and EPUB formatted books for 80% royalty. For small press they provide an upload form for all your book and cover files, as well as a spreadsheet for all your book information. They accept all genres, but you need to […]

By April 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
PigeonLab Distributes Ebooks in the USA and Internationally for Authors All Around the World

PigeonLab Distributes Ebooks in the USA and Internationally for Authors All Around the World

Update April 7, 2014 – PigeonLab has unfortunately closed its doors. It was a great service and I hope it gets absorbed into a larger enterprise or morphs into another great offering as so many early startups do. You can follow founder John McAlester on Twitter @JohnMcAlester I wanted to tell you about PigeonLab, a […]

By November 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Apple today named a Smashwords title as its Book of the Week for its US and Canada iBookstores. The title is Heller, a series-starter for Australian mystery and detective writer, JD Nixon. Apple concluded a similar promotion in Australia and New Zealand last week which caused all her priced titles to catapult to the top […]

Printing Your Book

Easy, Affordable, Professional Interior Book Design

Easy, Affordable, Professional Interior Book Design

If you’re self-publishing a text-heavy book, you no longer have to worry about hiring a book designer. Just use one of these beautiful, professional-looking Microsoft Word templates for as little as $57. Wait a minute, Carla. Do you mean to say that instead of paying upwards of a thousand bucks for professional book design for […]

By April 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Indie Pub Love: Blurb

Indie Pub Love: Blurb

I have usually recommended that color book authors create proofs with Blurb and print elsewhere because of the high cost of color POD. But today Blurb has added traditional offset printing and fulfillment services that make them a contender in the DIY color book marketplace. Not to mention their BookWright book creation tool that builds […]

By March 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Four Places to Order a Short-Run Printing of Your Book

Four Places to Order a Short-Run Printing of Your Book

Short-run digital printing is a gratifying was to get your book in your hands quickly without a lot of effort. Simply design your book using a template from CreateSpace or from bookdesigntemplates.com, and order up one book, 25 books, or a whole bunch from one of these companies.

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Marketing & Promotion

Why Goodreads is Good for Authors

Why Goodreads is Good for Authors

This week author Kimberley Patterson spoke at my San Diego Self-Publishers Meetup group. She’s a very savvy author who has a lot of great things to say about Goodreads. (I’m publishing her talk in three parts starting Monday March 10 at this link. Want to be notified? Sign up for my mailing list.) I renewed […]

Free Ebooks 3/2-3/8 for Read an Ebook Week

Free Ebooks 3/2-3/8 for Read an Ebook Week

A bonanza for readers! For Read an Ebook Week over 40,000 ebooks are free at Smashwords, Apple, B&N, Diesel, and many other vendors, including my American Borders Motorcycle Diaries. Grab it now along with all the sexy vampire stories you’ll ever want to read. Check out the official RAEW Facebook page, and read an interview […]

A Self-Publisher’s Guide to Metadata for Great Book Discovery

A Self-Publisher’s Guide to Metadata for Great Book Discovery

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 […]

By December 4, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Design

Easy, Affordable, Professional Interior Book Design

Easy, Affordable, Professional Interior Book Design

If you’re self-publishing a text-heavy book, you no longer have to worry about hiring a book designer. Just use one of these beautiful, professional-looking Microsoft Word templates for as little as $57. Wait a minute, Carla. Do you mean to say that instead of paying upwards of a thousand bucks for professional book design for […]

By April 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Book Cover Design

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Book Cover Design

Got writers block? Start playing with your book cover design. You’ll at least feel like you’re getting some work done. And you are! Here’s how to incorporate the book cover design process into your writing and self-publishing process.

By May 12, 2013 Read More →

Workshops

Join Me in LA April 23 for a Publishers Assoc. Meeting

Join Me in LA April 23 for a Publishers Assoc. Meeting

PUBLISHERS AND INDIE AUTHORS IN LOS ANGELES April 23 at 7:00 pm Indie publishing tech expert Carla King Learn about new tools and features that let you and your authors publish, sell, and promote books and other works in new bookstores and directly to readers in the social stream I hope to see you on […]

Annual Nonfiction Writers Conference May 7-9

Annual Nonfiction Writers Conference May 7-9

Come-on travel writers, memoirists, journalist and biographers! Every year Stephanie Chandler holds a nonfiction writers conference and every year it’s great and very fresh with a new mix of presenters. (Last year I was a presenter. You can buy the 2013 conference, still very relevant.) Click here to visit Stephanie Chandler Enterprises LLC and sign […]

By March 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Experts Help You Navigate the Rocky Road to Self-Publishing

Experts Help You Navigate the Rocky Road to Self-Publishing

Today as I was working on my self-publishing presentations for the San Francisco Writers Conference coming up in February, I distracted myself for a little while by looking through my iPhoto album. In it was this great photo of hiking up a boulder-strewn trail in Borrego Springs last fall. Being a NorCal girl, I am […]

By January 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Other Recent Posts

Indie Pub Love: Leanpub

Indie Pub Love: Leanpub

Leanpub is one of those under-the-radar services that I like to shine the spotlight on from time to time. The tool was built for computer book authors to be able to publish their work early and often. Why? Because when geeks need the info, they don’t care if there are spelling errors or even if […]

Indie Pub Love: Vook

Indie Pub Love: Vook

Vook just wowed the publishing world for setting up a book sales dashboard and making it free for up to 10 books. Now authors and publishers can track the effectiveness of publicity campaigns in realtime. Imagine being able to watch sales climb after a radio interview, a Twitter or Facebook campaign, a blog tour. Vook’s […]

By March 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Indie Pub Love: Smashwords

Indie Pub Love: Smashwords

This week’s indie pub love goes out to Smashwords’ Mark Coker, self-publishing author-enabler with his wildly successful publishing engine. If you’re self-publishing a text heavy ebook this is the place to be. Smashwords only makes money when authors make money. They have no author services to sell you, not even a how-to guide because Mark […]

By March 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →