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Non-Fiction Read: How I Sold 80,000 Books by Alinka Rutkowska

My ReviewsLots of good information, you will want to get the ebook too!

This is a Non-Fiction title by Alinka Rutkowska.

Read by Nikki Delgado

Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins

Ebook currently free on Amazon

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I actually had already purchased this title in ebook format through the kindle store. It was and currently still is free. I was happy to see this come up through the AudiobookBoom program. I can now how the audio to go with my kindle edition! It’s nice to have someone read to you, but you are going to want to pick up the ebook version too for all the references, links, as well as a convenient place to make and store notes.

How I Sold 80,000 Books is full of information that I will definitely be putting to use when I get the courage to publish my own stories! The meat and potatoes of this book focus on what the author refers to as ‘the four Ps’, Product, Place, Price and Promotion. Each ‘P’ is covered in detail as well as speaking of how they can and often do overlap.

There is sound advice and incites to be learned from this title for sure. I don’t know how many books you will sale after you listen or read this title, but you will have a better understanding of what more you could be doing to help with your bottom line.

Audio Sample from Audible

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This is my 1st read/listen by Alinka Rutkowska. This is her only audio title, but what a good one. She writes this non-fiction title in a somewhat informal manner as if she is speaking directly to you. It makes you feel as if she is giving you advice as opposed to teaching a class.
Alinka has 01 titles listed on Audible.

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This is my 1st listen by Nikki Delgado. She has an accent, which I like, but can be a turn-off to others. She completly captures the author’s informal style. The production speed seemed a bit too fast to me, but an edit to 0.90 in Audible’s handy narration speed tool fixed it right up.
Nikki has 03 titles listed on Audible.

How I Sold 80,000 Books
Book Marketing for Authors – Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers

Written by Alinka Rutkowska

Read by Nikki Delgado

Ebook obtained through the Kindle store

Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review

Review: The Juggling Author by Jim Heskett

My Reviews

Great addition to your writers tool box!

This book is exactly what it claims to be and not to be. It’s about juggling writing and everything else. There are a lot of examples, suggestions, details, but they are upfront that you are the biggest part of the equation. It takes hard work on your part, and this is not a get rich quick kind of book.

The author is a real example of how to make it work with a busy life. He has a family, full time job, and is a writer.

Chapters are short but full of information. I’m glad I could get the ebook version through kindle unlimited for free because it makes finding the referenced suggestions easier. Just click the link inside the book while listening and you are brought straight to the book on amazon. For me it is an easy way to grab the title and put it into a search at my library’s online catalog. I also found many of the titles on Scribd.

The narrator, John Alan Martinson Jr. has a great voice that I loved listening to, and would make a good narrator for a romance book. Sadly, despite have a long list of titles on Audible, he has no romances listed. Perhaps he has a pen name that he uses for other genres. I can only hope!

I give this 5 stars because it delivers on what it claims and it is a title that will be going into my writers tool box for sure!

The Juggling Author

Written by Jim Heskett

Read by John Alan Martinson Jr.

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited

Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review

Review: The Juggling Author by Jim Heskett

The Author’s Guide to AudioBook Creation by Richard Rieman

This is a very informative book on creating audiobooks. The author has lots of tips from personal experience as well as some from fellow authors and mentors. The idea of creating your own audiobook can be confusing. There is so much more than simply picking out a narrator and recording it. Mr. Rieman gave me a lot to think about and a good idea for where to start.


I totally agree that writing for audio is a good plan. As a super listener of audiobook fiction, some titles do fall a little short sometimes when it comes to the audio. It reads fine in print, but in audio, its either distracting or overwhelming.


This is a good how-to title for the author that is thinking about, or on the fence about, making an audio version of their book.


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The Author's Guide to AudioBook Creation
The Author’s Guide to AudioBook Creation

by Richard Rieman

My GoodReads rating: 5 of 5 stars