How I Sold 80,000 Books

Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers)

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
156 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2016
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Author Biography

Hi, Alinka Rutkowska here. For those who don't know me, I'm an award-winning and best-selling author and coach.

I'm also the CEO of LibraryBub, the first service connecting indie authors with libraries.

I've been featured on Fox Business Network, Author Marketing Club, The Authors' Hangout, Examiner, She Knows, She Writes, Blog Talk Radio, The Writer’s Life and many more.

I guide authors with my training programs and services to help you achieve the success you deserve.

I'm especially proud of my newest flagship course Author Remake, which is my premium training taking you on an adventure through everything you need to know to succeed as an author.

Go here to get the first 7 lessons of Author Remake for free today:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers) is a business/finance self-help book written by Alinka Rutkowska. The author writes children's books and has been an independent publisher as well as a coach for authors seeking to do the same. She introduces her topic with a word most of the non-business savvy world cringes from: marketing. And she discusses how marketing should begin almost before an author starts writing and certainly before selecting a title. Rutkowska presents the four Ps that are the ingredients to success in marketing an indie book. They are Product, Place, Price and Promotion. She thoroughly discusses each of these aspects of marketing, and illustrates each topic with examples from her experiences and useful links. In the section on Product, Rutkowska discusses the editing process and the three types of editors needed for any text before publication. In Promotion, she discusses giveaways and other promotional tools designed to make your book sell. She also includes a list of recommended readings and a bonus section containing six interviews with established authors who discuss their marketing strategies and their paths to success.

Alinka Rutkowska's business/finance self-help book, How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers) is a veritable textbook for aspiring indie authors. The material presented within is densely packed and loaded with ideas, strategies and essential tips that are neatly organized, packaged and imparted in a conversational and highly accessible manner. And that's no mean feat for a book that has so much to offer. Rutkowska suggests that readers read this book several times, especially when they're preparing a book for publication, something she herself does, and I would have to agree.

I was very impressed with Rutkowska's coverage of her topic. While I've read a number of books on independent publishing, I've not encountered as complete and user-friendly a work on the marketing aspect. I found her presentation of her subject to be enthusiastic and entertaining. Rutkowska manages to infect her readers with the joy she takes in tackling the challenges of marketing a publication and making it into a best-seller. She even simplifies the intricacies of Amazon's publishing options and discusses the pros and cons of those somewhat arcane and complicated schemes. How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers) is now my go-to book on the subject and it's most highly recommended.

Tracy Slowiak

In a great new guide for any person who dreams of becoming a successful author, How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers) by author Alinka Rutkowska is an almost must-have to help people figure out the ins and outs of marketing their books. The book includes useful tips that go from the pre-writing process all the way through a successful launch and the continuing marketing work needed to make their dream a reality and their book a known quantity in the publishing world. Coming from the voice of experience, this book is one that comes from a place of genuinely wanting to help others find a level of success that Ms. Rutkowska has found herself, and is written in an easy to follow, almost foolproof way that just might help to make a writer's dream come true!

I very much enjoyed How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers). Author Alinka Rutkowska has done a great job in providing aspiring authors with just the guidance and expertise of the publishing world that any new and uncertain writer needs. Filled with excellent advice and tips, this book is one that authors will find themselves coming back to again and again. I am pleased to recommend this book very highly, especially to new authors trying to make their way. I certainly hope that author Alinka Rutkowska writes another such helpful guide in the future. If it's anything like this, it will be well worth the read!

Emily White

Planning on self-publishing a book? Want to see your title high in Amazon’s ranking system? Then you need to read How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers) by Alinka Rutkowska. How I Sold 80,000 Books is a business non-fiction book that helps readers learn the ins and outs of the self-publishing world so that they, too, might have publishing success. Rutkowska talks about the importance of marketing and how to create a strong product. She teaches readers her “4P” system and stresses the importance of each of these steps in creating a highly sought after product. She gives numerous tips and pieces of advice for both before and after publication, and breaks it down by whether it can be done online or offline. She also gives a number of online resources to help the reader in case they want more information or still have questions.

How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers) is a straightforward book written by Alinka Rutkowska for a very specific audience. Anyone who is interested in writing a book, self-publishing, and selling on Amazon should take the time to read this book and make sure they understand everything inside it. Rutkowska does a nice job of making this text easy to read and user friendly. It is much more entertaining than a college marketing class and gives a lot of the same information in a fun and engaging way!

Vernita Naylor

Are you an established author or aspiring to publish the book that is burning your fingers to get written? Stop. Before you go any further, get a copy of How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing for Authors (Self-Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers) by Alinka Rutkowska. Alinka takes you through the steps that she travelled in selling over 20 titles. Alinka is candid and provides the reader with everything for being a successful author. She also provides her spin on the 4Ps of Marketing: Price, Product, Placement and Promotion in selling your material from eBooks to paperback, with some nuggets that you may not have considered. One thing that Alinka emphasized is to acquire professional services from book cover design to editing. As a purchaser of How I Sold 80,000 Books by Alinka Rutkowska, you will receive her free eBook, 200 Book Marketing Tips.

I am currently creating my 2nd Edition of Get the Cheese, Avoid the Traps, even though initially I self-published and did quite well in the distribution and marketing of the guide. There were a lot of things that I will consider using in creating the next guide. Instead of merely using Amazon, I will also be using Ingram-Spark as well because I am interested in accessing other markets. While my goal is to acquire organic book reviews in How I Sold 80,000 Books, however, Alinka details the various types of book award contests throughout the U.S. and abroad which can offer your book great exposure. Great job, Alinka.

Mamta Madhavan

How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers) by Alinka Rutkowska is an encouraging book for self publishers that will give them tips on how to increase their book sales and earn money. The author speaks about the four Ps that determine the success of a book and she tells self publishers the importance of marketing the book and optimizing it for success even before one starts writing it. This guide covers every aspect from designing the book to once it's ready to be published to marketing. The tools and resources in this guide are indeed very useful and helpful to all those who are going to self publish.

It's a very clear guide that has some good suggestions for authors who are looking to maximize their book sales. The entire procedure is discussed methodically, making it easy to follow and incorporate while preparing to self publish. The book gives a good insight for writers who have decided to self publish and the links that connect them to the publishing world are also pretty useful. The links and resources shared by the author will widen authors' perspective to look at various angles in publishing their books.

The publishing world is very hard and ruthless and this book is full of useful information and terrific ideas; they are logical and give results. The author also has a good business sense which she shares with readers that will give significant tips to increase the book sales.