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ITT 208 – How to Outsource Your Book and Become a Wall Street Journal Bestseller with Alinka Rutkowska

Alinka Rutkowska is a USA Today best-selling author, a Wall Street Journal best-selling author and a top 100 Amazon best-selling author in business and money. She’s sold more than 100,000 copies of her books and her book creation process has been showcased in Entrepreneur magazine. She’s also the CEO of Leaders Press, where she turns entrepreneurs’ book ideas into best-selling books. She...

Information is overrated (and how people actually learn)

About a month ago, I undertook a new home project renovation: -> Update the closet near the front hall. I wish I had a ‘before the project began’ picture (note to self: do this from now on), but in a nutshell: it was an empty closet with a coat hanger and a wobbly top shelf. We basically used it as a transitory drop off point for things we didn’t want on the floor but...

ITT 180 – Meaningful Writing, Meaningful Work, and Living a Meaningful Life with Gregory Diehl

Gregory Diehl has always understood the importance of universal ideals. Though he was raised in California, he soon embarked on a journey of global quest for learning, self-discovery, entrepreneurship, and inquiry. Since then, Gregory has lived and worked in 48 countries and continues to use his experiences to help others along the path of self-fulfillment through exploration. Gregory is the...

How to profit from the long tail

The way we market and sell online is changing. There are more people online than ever before, spending more money than ever before on things that give them a leg up in the world. That means more money going to ebooks, ecourses, and other forms of online education; coaching, consulting, and advisory services; software solutions, and high quality implementors (engineers, designers, etc.). This...

7 Lessons Learned From Writing a Business Book

Wow, so it’s been a long time coming, but Collaborate: The Modern Playbook for Leading a Small Team to Create, Market, and Sell Digital Products Online is almost finished! Today, I want to share some of my lessons learned (the good, the bad, and the ugly) from writing this book… But first, a bit of background: I started this project a year ago this month. I actually ran...

The Author’s Guide to Building an Email List (and selling more books)

Fact: 1/3rd of all self-published authors earn less than $500 a year from their publishing efforts. Take that in for a moment… $500. That’s not even enough money to pay for a single month’s rent in most major cities. This makes sense when you consider that 80% of books tracked by Nielson Bookscan sold fewer than 99 copies in 2004. In other words, 4 out of 5 books won’t even hit triple digit sales...

Starting Fires

In 2007, I read a book that changed my life. While the book itself is simple (borderline elementary now that I’ve gone back to reread it years later), there was a single idea that I couldn’t shake at the time; one that still sticks with me today. Before I explain what that idea is, I want to put this in context: I first read this book when I was a 20 year old West Point cadet. At the...

The Complete Guide to Crowdfunding Your Book

UPDATE: thanks to all your support, I finished my crowdfunding campaign with $12,979.00 in preorders. The last few days saw the crowdfunding campaign skyrocket – something I did not predict happening at all. This has been a whirlwind ride and I’m so grateful – so thank you! If you’re interested in being notified about the book when it releases, to hear about its progress...

5 Reasons You Should Write (and Publish) Your Work

Ever since I can remember, I loved the idea of being a writer. After all, how cool would it be to create something as epic as The Lord of the Rings, or The Chronicles of Narnia, or Gates of Fire and know that this amazing story came from you? But time passed and I never did write my great novel… Sure, I made some half-hearted attempts; a few paragraphs here, a few sketches there…but...

Beyond the Beach (the creator's dilemma)

 Myrmidons! My brothers of the sword! I would rather fight beside you than any army of thousands! Let no man forget how menacing we are, we are lions! Do you know what’s waiting beyond that beach? Immortality! Take it! It’s yours! [Troy] Creators have a dilemma. We want the freedom to create whatever, whenever we want… But the market will only compensate us for what IT wants...

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