Author Friendly pulls together a team of trusted professionals to help you publish your book published. Explore the site or contact founder Carla King for advice on how to start. You may need a publishing plan or book coaching, or just simple interior book formatting and design, a consultation on distribution choices, social media marketing and website design, or book editing and cover design.
Here is more about our core team and how we can help you.
Author Friendly Founder
Carla King has a background in technical writing, training, and web design. An avid world explorer, she self-published her first travel book in 1995 and began a new career as an independent author and publisher.
In 2005, Carla started teaching authors about websites and social media to help format and distribute their books. As a self-publishing educator in this burgeoning new field, she guided authors to the most trusted and reliable tools and services. In 2010, she founded Self-Publishing Boot Camp, a program of books and workshops to educate authors on how to do everything themselves. Because she discovered that most authors don’t want to do everything themselves, she created the Author Friendly hub of services to help.
Carla has contributed to a number of professional publishing blogs, including BookWorks, IBPA, PBS MediaShift, and Bowker, as well as a variety of travel sites. She lives in San Diego and Baja, California, and makes frequent forays to the San Francisco Bay Area.
If you’re confused about next steps to publish your book, or would like a referral to a trusted third-party service, please contact Carla here.
Also sign up for Carla’s Author Friendly mailing list for publishing tips, resources, and freebies.
Justine Kilsby formats print books and ebooks for distribution via Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace, IngramSpark, Smashwords, and the other distributors to the online retailers, bookstores, and libraries. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she also works as an EMT, which consists of a lot of down time, punctuated by spikes of really really up time. She is an avid reader and a crazy accurate formatter and proofreader. Find out more and order book formatting, here.
Danielle is an adventure traveler who started designing her own sites in 2010 because she could do it from the road. She loved it so much that she made it a full-time business. Danielle works with authors and businesses at all budget levels, from starving artists to corporations. She can also keep your website updated, revamp your site, and integrate your social media into your site. Don’t know much about social media? She’ll set it up and help you get started. Read more websites here, and social media setup, here.
Marketing and PR
From marketing coaching to training workshops in book sales, writing and brand development, Janna provides branding services, marketing strategies and plans, copywriting, advertising, public relations, and social media strategies. Read more about marketing, PR, and copywriting, here.
Natasa earned her publishing stripes at Europa Editions and Atlas & Co., where she first witnessed the power of great editing. She founded NY Book Editors to bring the advantages of that level of editing to independent authors. Find out more about NY Book Editors and contact Natasa, here.
When you self-publish you’re up for some pretty stiff competition against hundreds of thousands of other self-published authors but also against big publishing companies. OctagonLab surveyed their authors and 72% of them reported that their new cover helped increase sales between 278% to 1128%. Yes, cover design is a good investment in book marketing. AuthorFriendly worked with Jim at OctagonLab to create a book cover package with everything you’ll need–cover design, logo design, and matching type treatment for your interior title page (and your website)–for just $397. Go take a look, and see if they’re a good fit for you.
We also offer premium cover design at many price points. Contact Carla for a referral in your budget that fits your genre. Email her here.
Don’t see exactly what you need? Confused about next steps? Need a guide, or guidance? Contact Carla here.