Your “No Surprises” Publishing Consult
A customized roadmap to your successfully published book
Helping authors map out their publishing journey is one of my very favorite things to do. It’s easy for me because I’m conversant with all the publishing tools and services, sales channels, distribution methods, formatting and printing options, and web technologiesthat help you publish.
Amazon CreateSpace and KDP | IngramSpark | Smashwords | Draft2Digital | Pronoun | BookBaby | Gatekeeper Press and more…
You may have heard of them, but which one (or two or three) is for you?
I can steer you to a path that’s right for your genre, personality, and budget. I also like keeping track of you for the long term and being available to answer quick questions and to celebrate your successes. My goal is to provide you with a friendly hand along your path to successfully publishing and promoting your book.
I’ve done this so often that I’ve created a system that streamlines the process. Read on or contact me now to see if we’re on “the same page.”
15 Minute Consult
We need to chat for 15 minutes first, before we start, to make sure we’re compatible workmates.
First, I’ll send you a questionnaire and a copy of my Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors. The questionnaire is detailed, and you’ll get started with the research needed to fill it out. Meantime, I’ll do the research needed to create the first draft of a customized plan, with options, that we can talk through in our first discussion.
The publishing plan ($600) includes up to 3 hours of one-on-one consultation with me. This includes voice (Skype or phone) plus time on follow-up email conversations. Additional hours will be billed at $250/hr or you can order packages of 2 hours for $400 or 3 hrs for $600.
After our first discussion, I’ll further customize your publishing plan and post it in a private Google Doc so that we can look at it together. This document is your roadmap to update as you make decisions and progress through your journey.
The list of topics we’ll cover is long and will include directives on every step of your publishing journey. This list may include the following:
- Your publishing goals
- Timeline to publication
- Editing and proofreading
- Interior and cover design
- Ebook formatting and distribution
- Print book creation (POD and offset) and distribution for paperback and hardback
- ARCs, proofs, and printing options
- Offset printing options (if needed)
- LCCN and P-CIP acquisition for the library market
- ISBNs and bar codes
- What you must include on your book cover and title page for libraries and bookstores to accept you
- Your domain names, website, and blog
- Direct sales and 3rd party sales widgets
- Subscription plans
- Getting book reviews
- Social media marketing
- Traditional PR
- Marketing tools (Smashwords, Amazon KDP Select, GoodReads, the Reading Room)
- Post-publication tasks (Amazon Author Page)
- and perhaps more…
Back to the publishing plan
Each item—formatting, book cover design, ISBNs, paid reviews, website—will be tagged with an estimated price. I’ll also let you know if I think it’s a worthwhile expense for you or not, taking into consideration your goals and your stated budget. There are some things you really should pay for (your own ISBNs!), and items you can skimp on. This will vary with each author and project.
What it does not include
The publishing plan does include design, formatting, competitive analysis, metadata creation, or book marketing services, though I will help you make decisions or show you how to start your research. I will familiarize myself with your book and genre, but you will need to do the work.
Never fear, I don’t just drop you here! You’re welcome to ping me with any further questions. I welcome questions I haven’t heard before. So challenge me!
Now it’s over to you. You have all the information you need to proceed on your own, or you may decide you’d like us to format the interior of your book, design the cover, implement your website, or copywriting services to make your book description and bio irresistible to readers. I have a great team of print and ebook formatters, designers, social media experts, PR pros, and web designers, and I’ll be with you every step of the way.
Let’s have a quick talk about your publishing plan
Still just want an hour-by-hour arrangement? That’s okay, too.
Here’s what authors like you have experienced…
Carla King did a fantastic job making the dream my husband and I had of self-publishing Full Circle a reality. We had a completed and edited manuscript but it seemed daunting to get the book properly formatted, uploaded and the drafts edited to various sites. She helped us to consider the proper distribution channels for my objectives and provided a true ‘soup to nuts” service for a new author. I am very grateful for her hard work and good counsel to make Full Circle a success.
– Erin Callan Montella, Author, Full Circle
Carla King is the Ninja goddess of self-publishing.
– Norm DeWitt, Making it Faster
Carla King is the CEO of all the geeky publishing advisor’s I know.
– Marla Miller, Marketing the Muse, Author, Deadly Little Secrets
What a blessing to find someone in the midst of the maelstrom that is the constantly changing self-publishing industry, who is kind, insightful, generous and a calm librarian of current information. Carla has been supportive and instructive above and beyond.
– Louise Chegwidden, Author, Granny Gets a New Knee
As a first-time self-publisher, I don’t know what I would have done without Carla’s help. Plus, Carla then became available to me via email when I needed advice about how to proceed–a huge boon in what can be such an isolating process. Thank you, thank you, Carla!
– Penny Rosenwasser, Ph.D., Author, Hope into Practice, Jewish Women Choosing Justice, Despite Our Fears
What a treat to have someone just straight up tell you the truth. Carla has saved me many hours of research and countless expensive mistakes I would have made.
– Scott James, Author, Sidewalk Ritual