WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...
September 24, 2012
Samantha Le, Author, Poet
Central Coast Writers Conference
Thank you for two of the most informative seminars I’ve ever attended at a conference. I was so jazzed. I went home and opened a public Facebook page, signed up for a Twitter account and fixed my blog. It’s still a work in progress, and I’m in contact with my hosting company to figure out how to move it to www.samanthale.com where I have my static page. Being such a private person, I’ve been struggling to get over this mental barrier to promote myself online. And I can’t tell you what it means to finally be able to act on something that has been gnawing at me. I also purchased your boot camp book for when I get ready to self-publish the second edition of my novel. You’re an inspiration.
May 3, 2012
Reviewer: Scott James (San Francisco, California)
TAKE THIS BOOT CAMP. Do yourself a favor. I took the half day with Carla and Laurie and I can't say enough good things about it. They are both straight-forward and deeply experienced in their fields. CARLA IS HONEST AND AWESOME AND CLEARLY HAS THE BEST INTERESTS OF ATTENDEES IN MIND. She didn't try to sell me anything, all she did was tell me exactly what I needed to know to do self-publishing the right way for me. What a treat to have someone just straight up tell you the truth. This boot camp saved me many hours of research and countless mistakes I would have made. TAKE THIS BOOT CAMP.
June 4, 2010
Reviewer: Judy Cullins (La Mesa, California)
This is a great blueprint to get your first book started. It helps you set goals, develop a plan for design inside-and-out and even your promotion platform--all one step at a time. As a long time book coach with a related how to book, I applaud Carla and Lisa for a good model!
May 31, 2010
Reviewer: Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark (San Francisco, CA)
A no-nonsense guide that demystifies the non-traditional publishing process. Carla and Lisa share experienced tips about how to create more demand and, ultimately, sales. --, The Author Enablers http://www.bookpage.com/author-enablers/
May 9, 2010
Reviewer: Susan Casslan (San Francisco, Ca)
Excellent class! The instructors are very dedicated to their work and to the success of self publishing authors. I got my money's worth and more so!
Liz Jansen: Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment
I kept The Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors in sight the whole time I was publishing my book. As a new author, I found it invaluable in educating me on all the details and nuances one needs to consider. The structure and organization were wonderful in clarifying what could seem like an overwhelming process. Best of all, it gave me peace of mind, knowing it was put together by an expert who has done it.
January 31, 2010
Reviewer: Bonnie Portnoy (San Rafael, CA)
I attended the Self-Publishing Boot Camp yesterday and LOVED it. Thank you sincerely for an outstanding, enlightening seminar. I would recommend your workshop to anyone thinking about writing a book. You two presented a wealth of self-publishing information (and the workbook) for an incredible value. Most important, you delivered that critically important "dose of reality" that all writers must hear in the earliest stages of their quest to publish.
January 6, 2010
Reviewer: Joel Friedlander (Mill Valley, CA)
A terrific way to organize your tasks and progress as you travel the path of self-publishing your book. If you are naturally organized it will clarify everything you need to do. If you are disorganized, it may help you stay on track. You’ll get a real sense of accomplishment as you use the opportunity to plan your publication with the help of experienced and trusted guides. And if you get motivated by checking off items from a list, you are really going to like this book. Read more at http://ow.ly/TcUO
November 9, 2009
Reviewer: Deborah Santana (Marin, CA)
I published my memoir with Ballantine books in 2005 and, although it was a fantastic experience, I have no idea if I can sell my second memoir to a big house publishing company. I took the Self-Publishing Boot Camp Workshop to learn about the work involved in creating my own book with all of the artwork, photos, and poetry I might desire. Lisa and Carla gave a comprehensive explanation of timelines, marketing strategy and materials, branding, print companies, distribution, ebook categories and their own experiences. I left the workshop inspired, feeling competent and up to the challenge to self-publish if I so choose. I bonded with these remarkable writing women and will continue to learn more from them.
October 29, 2009
Reviewer: Paula Holland (San Francisco, CA)
I thoroughly enjoyed the October 4th Boot Camp at Fort Mason and have learned a ton about the publishing business that will definitely benefit me as I move towards publishing my book, Transition 120, and other works.
October 17, 2009
Reviewer: Jack Shandle (San Francisco, CA)
Lots of good information in the self-publishing workshop and, best of all, the workshop leaders practice what they preach.
A great blueprint to get your first book started. It helps you set goals, develop a plan for design inside-and-out and even your promotion platform--all one step at a time. As a long time book coach with a related how to book, I applaud this good model! —Judy Cullins, author of How to Write Your eBook or Other Short Book - Fast!
I left the workshop inspired, feeling competent and up to the challenge to self-publish if I so choose. —Deborah Santana, author of Space Between the Stars
Your workshop was so valuable to me in the design stages... —Carolyn Jones, author of Opening the Gates of the Heart
Lots of good information in the self-publishing workshop and, best of all, the workshop leaders practice what they preach. —Jack Shandle, Chief editor of two major OEM publications
I have learned a ton about the publishing business that will definitely benefit me as I move towards publishing my book, Transition 120, and other works. —Paula Holland, author, What's Next for My Life?06/12/2010
Blog review: Self-Publishing presentation by Lisa Alpine and Carla King at Bay Area Independent Publishers Assoc.
"Since this process cannot be covered in a 45-minute presentation, Lisa and Carla decided to concentrate on distribution options, since many new forms of distribution are coming into play over the next few months. In the presentation that followed, these two authors and teachers showed that they know how to keep an audience entertained and, rather than stick strictly to the distribution subject, threw out lots of information, tips, and encouragement for the 50 or 60 people in attendance." Read more here
Hearing Lisa and Carla’s enthusiasm for building their on-line platform made me want me to get more involved with mine. -- Jennifer Robin, Growing More Beautiful
August 2, 2010
Reviewer: Christy Pinheiro (Oak Grove, CA)
This is a useful, well-designed tool for authors who want to self publish. It's the first self-publishing guide I've seen that was designed with a step-by-step theme that encourages author interaction (the author is expected to write in his/her own answers, like "your elevator speech" and "your bio." The authors thought of everything in order to make this book easier to use-- even the binding is spiral-bound so the pages will stay open and you can fold pages back easily and take it anywhere. Nice touch. I felt like the books could have had a little more information about POD printing services, since I feel that that's the wave of the future, but I can't really downgrade the author for that because it's a difference of opinion that I share with other self-publishers as well. I think that this is a good product for newbies and a real tactile way to get your thoughts and business organized before you decide to self-publish. It's basically a workbook with good pointers throughout. Lots of good direction for newbies.