by Alinka Rutkowska
Publisher: Capraro Press
Originally published: 21st May 2015
This a wonderful book for those pursuing self-publishing. While I found the book at the end of the process, it was still invaluable. There are no long passages given to Rutkowska’s publishing course, but only enough to help add to the information given.
You will find a list of the resources needed at each stage of the process, from those to create the highest quality content and execution, through cover design and interior formatting, to promotion and sales. How I Sold 80,000 Books made me aware of methods of promotion of which I was unaware. For instance, entering competitions. It did not occur to me that one entered competitions, rather than the contestants were chosen by the competition organisers, chosen through sales levels.
You will find a list of competitions for the indie publisher, their entrance fees and closing dates for application, all of which will prove very helpful.
The eBook version has the first 8% given over to reviews of the book, then Rutkowska’s biography. In the audiobook version, these are not removed or reduced. Therefore, I urge you to skip the first five chapters in the audio format to get to the introduction. You will also find the helpful links, of which there are many, read in full, including the numbers and punctuation marks. This may make the eBook or print copy more pleasurable to get through or may be of benefit alongside the audio. Whichever way you choose to engage with the book, it will be of great help in your self-publishing journey, at whatever stage you encounter it.