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A quick, 30-minute consumer's guide for self-publishers. Carla King interviews self-publishing industry professionals who make the products, tools, and services that help you write, design, format, produce, distribute, market, and sell your book. Listen and learn how to use these tools to succeed in your craft, career, and business as an independent author.

Latest Episodes

Steven Spatz, BookBaby for full-service publishing

Learn about BookBaby's a la carte self-publishing and complete do-it-for-you packages, in-house printing on the latest equipment, how printing is done and why the self-publishing industry is plagued with variance in print quality and how they solved that problem. Though they print a lot of plain text books like novels and business books they print more full-color children’s books, cookbooks, travel books, and textbooks than ever. BookBaby sets a 55% discount with returns program that attracts bookstores.

33 MIN2018 NOV 27
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Steven Spatz, BookBaby for full-service publishing

020 Rob Price, Gatekeeper Press for full-service publishing

Gatekeeper Press provides full-service publishing and a la carte services for authors. They offer a wide and varied distribution network to protect you against possible distribution outages. They also offer lowest-cost printing I’ve seen in an on-demand service, and you’ll learn why. In this episode, we walk through the publishing process from editing, design, and distribution. You’ll learn how long each step takes so you can schedule your book launch.

35 MIN2018 NOV 15
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020 Rob Price, Gatekeeper Press for full-service publishing

John Burke on the Pub Site website builder just for authors

Pub Site is a super easy-to-use website builder just for authors and it only cost $20 a month. Husband and wife author and publisher marketing team John and Fauzia Burke developed it after 20 years of creating author websites. Among the big names they’ve designed websites for are Alan Alda, Clive Cussler, and Tom Clancy.

37 MIN2018 NOV 7
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John Burke on the Pub Site website builder just for authors

Robin Cutler, IngramSpark (Part 2): All about distribution for authors who are considering self-publishing

In part 2 of my talk with Robin Cutler, Director of IngramSpark, we focus on distribution. IngramSpark has the widest distribution in the world, but we also talk about why you'd want to go direct with Amazon KDP Print and how to make that happen.You'll also learn how long it takes the stores to populate your book information and how this affects your book launch plan. Also, find out what bookstores expect a creative way to sell to your local independent bookstore..

22 MIN2018 OCT 30
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Robin Cutler, IngramSpark (Part 2): All about distribution for authors who are considering self-publishing

#17: Robin Cutler, IngramSpark (Part 1), the professional publishing tool for independent authors

Learn about IngramSpark, the professional publishing tool from Ingram. In my talk with Robin Cutler, Founder and Director of IngramSpark, you'll find out about free resources for cover design templates, standard trim sizes, and how to calculate your costs and profits. We also talk about trim sizes, paper color, weight, "spot" color, "full" color, hardcover book choices, and so much more. This is just the first half of my talk with Robin. Next week, in part two, we talk all about distribution.

23 MIN2018 OCT 23
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#17: Robin Cutler, IngramSpark (Part 1), the professional publishing tool for independent authors

JoEllen Taylor, FirstEditing, on the different kinds of editors and how to find them

What kind of editing does your book need? JoEllen Taylor takes us through all the different kinds of editing: copy editing, line editing, and content editing. We talk about character and story editing, structural editing, narrative arc, editing tools, common editing problems and misconceptions about what editors do. She also has tips on how to hire an editor.

32 MIN2018 OCT 16
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JoEllen Taylor, FirstEditing, on the different kinds of editors and how to find them

Kristina Stanley, Fictionary, a mystical magical story editing app

Fictionary's software appears magical and in this episode, you'll learn how Stanley (who is also an editor) figured out how to transform her story analysis spreadsheets to create Fictionary with the help of her co-founders. It's a family business with her husband, who watched her wrestle with the spreadsheets while they were on a long sailing journey, and her brother, who works in software and is also an author.

34 MIN2018 OCT 9
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Kristina Stanley, Fictionary, a mystical magical story editing app

Laurie McLean, San Francisco Writers Conference

Laurie McLean is the Director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, a literary agent, Founder of Fuse Literary, and a former Silicon Valley marketing and PR professional. I asked her to talk about the February 2019 conference and the return on investment for the money and the time for this or any conference. You’ll learn what makes the San Francisco conference different and how to get the most out of the sessions, exhibitors, and the agents, other participants, pre- and post-conference workshops.

31 MIN2018 OCT 3
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Laurie McLean, San Francisco Writers Conference

Angela Bole, IBPA on hybrid publishing and professional standards

Angela Bole is CEO of the Independent Book Publishers Association, a non-profit membership organization for self-publishers and independent publishers that provides resources, education, advocacy, connections, and tools for success. Wediscuss the role and responsibilities of the publisher, no matter whether it’s you as an author who is self-publishing, or if you’re publishing via a hybrid publisher or even a traditional press, and why publishing standards matter.

25 MIN2018 SEP 25
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Angela Bole, IBPA on hybrid publishing and professional standards

Draft2Digital Announces D2D Print

In this addendum to my interview with D2D Marketing Director Kevin Tumlinson (episode 12), he announces D2D Print.

5 MIN2018 SEP 21
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Draft2Digital Announces D2D Print

Latest Episodes

Steven Spatz, BookBaby for full-service publishing

Learn about BookBaby's a la carte self-publishing and complete do-it-for-you packages, in-house printing on the latest equipment, how printing is done and why the self-publishing industry is plagued with variance in print quality and how they solved that problem. Though they print a lot of plain text books like novels and business books they print more full-color children’s books, cookbooks, travel books, and textbooks than ever. BookBaby sets a 55% discount with returns program that attracts bookstores.

33 MIN2018 NOV 27
Comments
Steven Spatz, BookBaby for full-service publishing

020 Rob Price, Gatekeeper Press for full-service publishing

Gatekeeper Press provides full-service publishing and a la carte services for authors. They offer a wide and varied distribution network to protect you against possible distribution outages. They also offer lowest-cost printing I’ve seen in an on-demand service, and you’ll learn why. In this episode, we walk through the publishing process from editing, design, and distribution. You’ll learn how long each step takes so you can schedule your book launch.

35 MIN2018 NOV 15
Comments
020 Rob Price, Gatekeeper Press for full-service publishing

John Burke on the Pub Site website builder just for authors

Pub Site is a super easy-to-use website builder just for authors and it only cost $20 a month. Husband and wife author and publisher marketing team John and Fauzia Burke developed it after 20 years of creating author websites. Among the big names they’ve designed websites for are Alan Alda, Clive Cussler, and Tom Clancy.

37 MIN2018 NOV 7
Comments
John Burke on the Pub Site website builder just for authors

Robin Cutler, IngramSpark (Part 2): All about distribution for authors who are considering self-publishing

In part 2 of my talk with Robin Cutler, Director of IngramSpark, we focus on distribution. IngramSpark has the widest distribution in the world, but we also talk about why you'd want to go direct with Amazon KDP Print and how to make that happen.You'll also learn how long it takes the stores to populate your book information and how this affects your book launch plan. Also, find out what bookstores expect a creative way to sell to your local independent bookstore..

22 MIN2018 OCT 30
Comments
Robin Cutler, IngramSpark (Part 2): All about distribution for authors who are considering self-publishing

#17: Robin Cutler, IngramSpark (Part 1), the professional publishing tool for independent authors

Learn about IngramSpark, the professional publishing tool from Ingram. In my talk with Robin Cutler, Founder and Director of IngramSpark, you'll find out about free resources for cover design templates, standard trim sizes, and how to calculate your costs and profits. We also talk about trim sizes, paper color, weight, "spot" color, "full" color, hardcover book choices, and so much more. This is just the first half of my talk with Robin. Next week, in part two, we talk all about distribution.

23 MIN2018 OCT 23
Comments
#17: Robin Cutler, IngramSpark (Part 1), the professional publishing tool for independent authors

JoEllen Taylor, FirstEditing, on the different kinds of editors and how to find them

What kind of editing does your book need? JoEllen Taylor takes us through all the different kinds of editing: copy editing, line editing, and content editing. We talk about character and story editing, structural editing, narrative arc, editing tools, common editing problems and misconceptions about what editors do. She also has tips on how to hire an editor.

32 MIN2018 OCT 16
Comments
JoEllen Taylor, FirstEditing, on the different kinds of editors and how to find them

Kristina Stanley, Fictionary, a mystical magical story editing app

Fictionary's software appears magical and in this episode, you'll learn how Stanley (who is also an editor) figured out how to transform her story analysis spreadsheets to create Fictionary with the help of her co-founders. It's a family business with her husband, who watched her wrestle with the spreadsheets while they were on a long sailing journey, and her brother, who works in software and is also an author.

34 MIN2018 OCT 9
Comments
Kristina Stanley, Fictionary, a mystical magical story editing app

Laurie McLean, San Francisco Writers Conference

Laurie McLean is the Director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, a literary agent, Founder of Fuse Literary, and a former Silicon Valley marketing and PR professional. I asked her to talk about the February 2019 conference and the return on investment for the money and the time for this or any conference. You’ll learn what makes the San Francisco conference different and how to get the most out of the sessions, exhibitors, and the agents, other participants, pre- and post-conference workshops.

31 MIN2018 OCT 3
Comments
Laurie McLean, San Francisco Writers Conference

Angela Bole, IBPA on hybrid publishing and professional standards

Angela Bole is CEO of the Independent Book Publishers Association, a non-profit membership organization for self-publishers and independent publishers that provides resources, education, advocacy, connections, and tools for success. Wediscuss the role and responsibilities of the publisher, no matter whether it’s you as an author who is self-publishing, or if you’re publishing via a hybrid publisher or even a traditional press, and why publishing standards matter.

25 MIN2018 SEP 25
Comments
Angela Bole, IBPA on hybrid publishing and professional standards

Draft2Digital Announces D2D Print

In this addendum to my interview with D2D Marketing Director Kevin Tumlinson (episode 12), he announces D2D Print.

5 MIN2018 SEP 21
Comments
Draft2Digital Announces D2D Print
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