DigitalEd: Which Self-Publishing Platform is Best for You?

    by Carla King
    June 9, 2015
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    Title: Which Self-Publishing Platform is Best for You?

    Instructor: Carla King, founder of Self-Pub Boot Camp

    Join us for a 1-hour training exploring the major self-publishing companies to learn what each company provides in the way of book creation services and distribution. This session will identify challenges that authors often face when making this first crucial decision, and reveal the one secret that will prevent your book from ever being trapped in any particular service.


    The session will help you select one or a combination of services from the following “tested and trusted” companies for your publishing project:

    • IngramSpark
    • BookBaby
    • Amazon CreateSpace
    • Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
    • Smashwords
    • Kobo
    • Bowker
    • There will also be an explanation of why other vendors you may have considered are excluded – Lulu, B&N NOOK Press, Outskirts, Author House, iUniverse, Trafford, Balboa, etc. Questions are welcome!

    What you’ll learn from this training:

    1. What each of company provides in the way of book formatting, design, and digital vs print distribution
    2. How much it costs to sign up and what percentage of book sales they take
    3. What you do versus what they do
    4. Why you might want use a combination of services and how that works
    5. The number one guaranteed strategy that will give you the freedom to move your book from one service to another at any time


    • List of “tested and trusted” publishing tools and services
    • Author budget checklist
    • Self-publishing resource list

    Who should take this training:

    • Authors of all genres who aim to publish in digital or print formats
    • Journalists and bloggers who are considering creating a nonfiction book from their compiled work
    • Book production, editorial, and design consultants

    Date and Time: June 24, 2015 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT

    Price: $39

    Note: If you can’t attend the live session, you can still register and see the archived video and ask questions of the instructor. Registration for BigMarker is required.

    About the Instructor:

    Carla King founded Self-Pub Boot Camp in 2010, a program of books, workshops, and virtual classes that step authors through the publishing process. Carla started self-publishing in 1994, when she was turned down by big publishing. She self-published her guidebook to bicycling the French Riviera and made enough money to return to France twice more, which helped her fall in love with the self-publishing process. With a background in technical writing and an adventurous spirit she was perfectly positioned to adopt the indie author lifestyle and to help others do it, too. Carla organizes the self-publishing track for the San Francisco and Willamette Writers conferences, and leads sessions at the Santa Barbara conference and many niche events. The 3rd edition of her Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors, released in March, has already been downloaded by over 30,000 authors. Find out more at SelfPubBootCamp.com.

    Tagged: amazon bowker carla king createspace digitaled kindle direct publishing kobo self-publishing self-publishing platforms smashwords

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