Carla King is the creator of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp books and workshops and founder of Author Friendly, a resource, education, and service center for self-publishers and small presses. Her comprehensive Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors is now in its fourth edition. She has written for Bowker’s Self-Published Author, Bookworks, PBS MediaShift, and hosts a popular blog at AuthorFriendly.com. Carla also penned the Book Formatting, Book Distribution, and Book Discovery guides for IngramSpark, where she is on the advisory board.
Carla spent years as a technical writer and transitioned to travel technology journalist, freelancing for PC World and other magazines, in the early days of portable computing. This paved the way for a career as an adventure travel writer and she has contributed to many magazines and anthologies. With her writing group, the Wild Writing Women, she self-published Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel, in 2001, which was sold to a NY publishing house. Other books Carla has authored include Stories from Elsewhere: Travels on Two and Three Wheels and motorcycle memoir titled American Borders: A circumnavigation of the United States on a Russian sidecar motorcycle. She is working on another memoir about a solo motorcycle trip through China.
Carla is based in San Diego and Baja, California where she lives with her partner Jonathan and a no-longer stray cat named Scrunch, a reluctant traveler.
Carla King’s motorcycle misadventures began at age 14 in rural North Carolina when she identified the broken down Honda Enduro in the barn as her escape vehicle. Her dad told her, “If you can fix it you can ride it,” unaware that he was setting her up for a career in adventure travel. She started with day-long jaunts through tobacco fields and creeks and, when the family moved to California, the coast and the mountains throughout the state. A six-week solo journey through France in the 80s led to months-long sojourns in Europe, China, Africa and India. In the mid-90s Carla combined her love of travel, technology, mechanics, writing, and publishing to create the first realtime online travelogue (now called blogs), and began publishing her work and helping others self-publish. Wherever she is, you can find out more about Carla and her writing at CarlaKing.com.
Carla King is an adventure travel writer, web expert, and pro-blogger who has been self-publishing since 1995. She offers author education with her Self-Pub Boot Camp series of books and workshops and Author Friendly resources to help authors who need a little more hand-holding along their publishing journey. Find out more at AuthorFriendly.com.
Carla King is an adventure travel writer with a technical writing background who was turned down by big publishing in 1994. So she self-published her guidebook to bicycling the French Riviera and made enough money to return to France twice more. This experience went a long way in helping her to fall in love with the self-publishing process. In 1995 Carla helped pioneer the art of the realtime online travelogue with O’Reilly and Associates. Her American Borders dispatches–sent from the saddle of a cranky Russian sidecar motorcycle that she was test riding for the American market–is the oldest realtime blog on the internet (though the term “blog” hadn’t yet been coined.)
In the years that followed, Carla became a digital nomad, carrying a laptop in the saddlebags of various indigenous unreliable motorcycles on her solo journeys around the world, taking advantage of the internet to write stories and promote gear, gadgets, and destinations, and encouraging more women to travel solo and to ride motorcycles.
Back in her native San Francisco, Carla was increasingly asked to teach others how to self-publish and so she founded Self-Pub Boot Camp, partly in self-defense. It was the earliest program of do-it-yourself workshops for authors and spawned a series of books and online courses. The program continues to educate thousands of independent authors and the professionals who help them publish.
In January of 2016, Carla launched Author Friendly, a trusted resource for authors who need a little more hand-holding while navigating the self-publishing journey. Today, Carla is based in San Diego and Baja California. You can find out more about her travels at CarlaKing.com, and find publishing help at AuthorFriendly.com.
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Goofing off on a Harley toy in Sundance, Utah
Todra Gorge, Morocco
Dirtbiking in Carefree, Arizona
Speaking at Overland Expo in Arizona
Test riding the Suzuki M90 in Monterey/Carmel, California
Women on the Road: Click to read interview.
Motorrific: (audio) Click here.
Liz Jansen: (video) Carla King on Living a Life of Freedom and Fulfillment