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Your Action Plan to 5 Figures in 5 Months

  • This is exactly how 5-Figure Author Challenge is structured! Instead of being the biggest event in cyberspace, we bring you the maximum value experience in minimum time. We focus on the 20% of efforts that give you 80% of success. We focus on what works.  

Step 1: Write a Book That Sells

Libbie Hawker (Take Off Your Pants!): The Secrets of Plotting vs. Pantsing Your Way to a 5-Figure Book
Nina Amir (Nonfiction Writers' University): How to Craft a Book Idea That Sells and Succeed as an Author
Andrea Cumbo-Floyd (Discover Your Writing Self): Three Dangerous Misconceptions Preventing You from Finishing Your Book
Michelle Weidenbenner: Three Must-Dos Before You Hit Publish - Neglecting These Will Cut Your Sales by Half
Donna Kozik (Write a Book in a Weekend): Better Than Longhand. The Ultimate Shortcut to Writing Your Book Fast

Step 2: Market Like a Pro

Kevin Tumlinson (Draft2Digital): Why 72% of Self-Published Authors Never Sell More Than 1,000 Books and What It Takes to Be a 5-Figure Author
Dave Chesson (Kindlepreneur): The Single Most Powerful (And Most Overlooked) Strategy to Become a #1 Amazon Best-Seller
Derek Murphy (Creative Indie): What Never to Put on Your Cover. The Reasons Why Readers Don’t Give Your Book a Second Glance
Kirsten Oliphant: How to Leverage the Power of Social Media to Build a 5-Figure Income Instead of Suffering from Time-Suck and Overwhelm
Derek Doepker (Ebook Bestseller Secrets): The Shocking Mistakes Authors Make That Keep Them from Getting to 5 Figures

Step 3: Sell to Your Target Audience

Jim Kukral (Author Marketing Institute): What You Need to Stop Calling Yourself to Become a 5-Figure Author
Honorée Corder (You Must Write a Book): Three Common Hurdles That Block Your Way to a 5-Figure Author Career and How to Overcome Them
Eric van der Hope (Publishing Success Summit Host): The Single Most Effective Strategy 70 out of 75 Successful Authors Put to Use
Buck Flogging (Buck Books): Better Than Bookbub. The Three Step Process to Building a Following on Steroids
Bryan Cohen (Sell More Books Show): Three, Often Overlooked, 5-Figure Book Launch Strategies You Can Implement Now
  • But that's not all! We've got for your THREE mind-blowing panels that will get you to 5 figures faster than you expected!

PANEL 1: Cutting Edge Strategies for Marketing and Selling Books in 2017

Elizabeth Mays (Press Books)
Amy Harrop
Austin Netzley (Epic Launch)
Kary Oberbrunner (Redeem the Day)

PANEL 2: How to Sell Your First 10,000 Copies Without Burning Yourself Out

Monica Leonelle (Prose on Fire)
Pamela Hodges (I Paint, I Write)
Susan Friedmann (Book Marketing Mentors)
Adam Houge (The Fan Base Formula)

PANEL 3: Traditional vs. Self-Publishing – What’s Right For You?

Jennifer Blanchard
Susan RoAne ("The Mingling Maven")
Gary Smailes (Bubble Cow)

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Day 1

  • Honorée Corder
    Honorée Corder on "Three Common Hurdles That Block Your Way to a 5-Figure Author Career and How to Overcome Them". Honorée is the author of 20 books, including “You Must Write a Book”, “Vision to Reality”, “Prosperity for Writers”, “Business Dating”, “The Successful Single Mom” book series, “If Divorce is a Game”, “These are the Rules”, and “The Divorced Phoenix”. She is also Hal Elrod’s business partner in The Miracle Morning book series. Honorée coaches business professionals, writers, and aspiring non-fiction authors who want to publish their books to bestseller status, create a platform, and develop multiple streams of income. She also does all sorts of other magical things, and her badassery is legendary.
    Honorée Corder
  • Kevin Tumlinson
    Kevin Tumlinson on "Why 72% of Self-Published Authors Never Sell More Than 1,000 Books and What It Takes to Be a 5-Figure Author". Kevin is an author, podcast host, keynote speaker, and Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital. He helps will-be authors start their book businesses through his weekly podcasts and through books like 30-Day Author. Kevin has dozens of novels, novellas, and non-fiction books available and is producing more every day. Kevin—along with his wife and his dog—are traveling full-time in an RV, exploring the US as Kevin writes and promotes his books. The inside joke is that they are going on the worlds most far-ranging house hunt. They're only half joking.
    Kevin Tumlinson
  • Jim Kukral
    Keynote Speaker Jim Kukral on "What You Need to Stop Calling Yourself to Become a 5-Figure Author". Jim is the founder of Author Marketing Institute, where he teaches authors how to promote their books. He’s a 20-year Internet marketing professional who was recently named by Dun & Bradstreet as one of “The Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter.” Jim also serves as a Program Faculty Member for the University of San Francisco’s Internet Marketing Program where he teaches classes to students around the globe on the topics of Internet marketing, entrepreneurship and social media. In addition, SmallBizTrends.com chose Jim as one of 100 top small business influencers online.
    Jim Kukral

Day 2

  • Nina Amir
    Nina Amir on "What Readers Want and How You Come up with a 5-Figure Book Idea". Inspiration-to-Creation Coach, Nina inspires people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results. She motivates writers and non-writers to create publishable and published products and careers as authors as well as to achieve their goals, fulfill their purpose and live inspired lives. The author of “How to Blog a Book: How to Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time” (Writer's Digest Books), Amir is a nonfiction editor, book proposal and blogging consultant, blog-to-book coach, and book and author coach with more than 33 years of experience in the publishing field.
    Nina Amir
  • Dave Chesson
    Dave Chesson on "The Single Most Powerful (And Most Overlooked) Strategy to Become a #1 Amazon Best-Seller". When he’s not fighting dragons or chasing the bogey man out of his kids’ closet the creator of Kindlepreneur likes using his previous Online Optimization skills to help other authors with the ‘technical’ stuff and get the right authors to the top of Amazon and any other eBook service out there. With a blog full of tips and tricks as well as tons of recommended resources, his site is great place to learn more about publishing for Kindle, marketing effectively, and growing your readership.
    Dave Chesson
  • Donna Kozik
    Donna Kozik on "Better Than Longhand. The Ultimate Shortcut to Writing Your Book Fast". Donna Kozik is a multi-award winning author and now shows people how to become authors themselves with the "Write a Book in a Weekend" virtual online events, private coaching and more.
    Donna Kozik
  • PANEL 1: Cutting Edge Strategies for Marketing and Selling Books in 2017 (Amy Harrop, Liz Mays, Austin Netzley, Kary Oberbrunner)

Day 3

  • Andrea Cumbo-Floyd
    Andrea Cumbo-Floyd on "Three Dangerous Misconceptions Preventing You from Finishing Your Book". Andi is a writer, editor, and writing coach. She’s the author of the best-selling “Discover Your Writing Self: 31 Days to Deeper Understanding of Who You Are as a Writer”. Andi recognizes that One-size-fits-all writing advice doesn’t work for anyone and she helps you discover who YOU are as writer: from your fears through reasons for writing to the best time and the ideal environment for your writing practice. If you feel overwhelmed or confused by all the writing advice out there, Andi will help you sort through it in a way that is authentic and genuine for you.
    Andrea Cumbo-Floyd
  • Derek Murphy
    Derek Murphy on "What Never to Put on Your Cover. The Reasons Why Readers Don’t Give Your Book a Second Glance". Derek Murphy is an award-winning book designer and artist; now he's committed to writing YA fantasy novels of his own. He also just finished his PhD in Literature, and loves weaving mythology and history into his stories to make readers question the boundary between reality and possibility. Derek specializes in launching services and businesses, building websites, getting more traffic, and creating content that people like and share. In other words he has all the skills necessary to launch a book well. Derek rented a castle for NaNoWriMo 2016!
    Derek Murphy
  • Eric Van Der Hope
    Eric Van Der Hope on "The Single Most Effective Strategy 70 out of 75 Successful Authors Put to Use". Eric V. Van Der Hope is a publisher, author and speaker who has quietly worked behind the scenes within the Internet Marketing community, developing little-known 'virtual real estate' niches. His passion and desire in helping others find their own 'niche' has been instrumental in their success. Many in the marketing 'arena' respect his 'tell-it-like-it-is' attitude as it brings a breath of fresh air to a competitive market. Eric is the host of the Publishing Success Summit in which he interviewed 75+ authors and influencers in the publishing space.
    Eric Van Der Hope
  • PANEL 2: How to Sell Your First 10,000 Copies Without Burning Yourself Out (Monica Leonelle, Pamela Hodges, Susan Friedmann, Adam Houge)

Day 4

  • Michelle Weidenbenner
    Michelle Weidenbenner on “Three Must-Dos Before You Hit Publish”. Her book, "Fractured Not Broken" is optioned for a movie. Michelle is the UNCOVER AGENT who helps writers uncover their stories so they can unleash them into the universe. She’s a multi-award winning author, best-seller and a John Maxwell Team speaker and writing coach. Her books are "Cache a Predator", "Scattered Links", "The Canine Pandemic", and the "Éclair" series.
    Michelle Weidenbenner
  • Kirsten Oliphant
    Kirsten Oliphant on "How to Leverage the Power of Social Media to Build a 5-Figure Income Instead of Suffering from Time-Suck and Overwhelm". Kirsten Oliphant wrote her first novel in third grade on the colored pages of a Hello Kitty notebook. After getting her MFA in Fiction from UNCG, she writes novels that she may finish sometime when her four small children go to college. In 2015 she founded Create if Writing, a site and podcast dedicated to writers and bloggers who want to build an online platform without being smarmy. She holds live workshops and has written books and courses about email lists and loves to talk social media.
    Kirsten Oliphant
  • Buck Flogging
    Buck Flogging on "Better Than Bookbub. The Three Step Process to Building a Following on Steroids". Buck Flogging is the creator of several successful online enterprises including www.buckbooks.net, www.archangelink.com, www.quitn6.com, and several others. After exiting the workforce permanently in 2011 as his first online business became successful (finally), he’s been itching to help others achieve the very same thing. Or perhaps he has a fungal infection. Either way, he itches. A lot.
    Buck Flogging
  • PANEL 3: Traditional vs. Self-Publishing – What’s Right For You? (Jennifer Blanchard, Gary Smailes, Susan RoAne)

Day 5

  • Libbie Hawker
    Libbie Hawker on "The Secrets of Plotting vs. Pantsing Your Way to a 5-Figure Book". Libbie writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. Although the majority of her books are self-published, she also partners with Lake Union Publishing on select titles. Libbie's writerly influences are varied, and include Hilary Mantel, Vladimir Nabokov, Annie Dillard, Michael Ondaatje, George R. R. Martin, songwriter Neko Case, and mixed-media storyteller Chris Onstad, among others. She has held a broad and bizarre range of "day jobs" while pursuing a career as a novelist. Included among these are zoo keeper, show dog handler, bookseller, and yarn dyer.
    Libbie Hawker
  • Derek Doepker
    Derek Doepker on "The Shocking Mistakes Authors Make That Keep Them from Getting to 5 Figures". Derek assists self published authors on how to successfully, write, publish, and market their books. After going through numerous trainings, reading books, and following the recommendations of gurus and still seeing stagnant sales he decided to do things his own way. His approach to book marketing led to hitting #1 bestseller in the highly competitive category of weight loss. He is committed to ensuring authors get the essential insights they need, which are often counter to what's commonly being promoted, to ensure any serious author can make a breakthrough in their own publishing and marketing efforts.
    Derek Doepker
  • Bryan Cohen
    Bryan Cohen on "Three, Often Overlooked, 5-Figure Book Launch Strategies You Can Implement Now". Bryan Cohen is the co-host of The Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral. He’s an actor, comedian, freelance writer, author and an occasional game show contestant. He wrote the Ted Saves the World YA sci-fi/fantasy series, and a collection of creative writing prompts books. His books have been downloaded over 400,000 times. Watch out for this jam packed session of wisdom and fun!
    Bryan Cohen

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Here's Why You Should Attend the 5-Figure Author Challenge

  • Jump to the front line with 15 sessions and 3 panels from world class experts in the publishing industry.

    These speakers will lay everything out for you so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. I wish there had been something like this when I was first starting. It could have saved me years of frustration and pain, while at the same time accelerating my success.

  • Your Ticket is 100% FREE.

    Not only do you get to short circuit your learning curve, but your ticket is free. There is no cost to attend the challenge. You could easily pay $5,000, $10,000 or even $20,000 to hear these speakers at a conference or workshop. But with your free ticket, you’ll be able to listen to them for free for 24 hours after they air. (After that, they’ll only be available in the 5-Figure Author Challenge member’s area)

  • Power-Packed, Actionable Secrets to Author and Business Success.

    You won’t find this mix of people in one place anywhere else. This makes the 5-Figure Author Challenge a world class event. Don’t miss it!

What Makes This Event Different?

  • No traveling. No airports. No hotels. No early morning sessions.

    You can participate in the challenge from your home or office. You’re saving thousands of dollars in travel expenses, while learning how to make thousands more by selling your books. Could you ask for more?

  • Follow at your own pace.

    These presentations will be available online, so you can watch them at your own rate. With your Free Ticket, each interview will be available for 24 hours after they are released. BUT, if you get the All-Access Pass, you’ll have lifetime access to each session.

  • This Is For Beginners, Intermediates, or Advanced Students.

    Whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve been at it for decades, this challenge will offer you TONS of new, actionable material. I live and breathe writing, marketing and book sales, and I can’t wait for EVERY segment because I know I will learn A LOT.

  • You won’t find this kind of knowledge gathered under one roof anywhere else.

    This not just a bunch of speakers thrown in to create an event. These are people who I carefully handpicked and who personally inspire ME and I know they will inspire you as well.

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FAQs

  • Is this challenge right for me?

    Whether you're an aspiring author, first-published author or a successful author who wants to take their author business to the next level, this event will speed up your path to abundance via book sales.

  • Where is the challenge located?

    Wherever you are! This is an online challenge so you can attend from anywhere in the world (as long as you have an internet connection)!

  • How do I watch the live sessions?

    First you have to claim your free ticket. Then we’ll take it from there. Once the summit starts you’ll receive daily emails for sessions that day. You can watch from any computer, tablet, or mobile device.

  • I’m busy during some of the live sessions. Will there be replays?

    Yes! With the Free Pass, you’ll be able to watch any of the sessions whenever you want, how often you want for 24 hours after they occur (note: the free days are now over, but you get complimentary access to one of the sessions). The All-Access Pass gives you lifetime access to ALL the materials.

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Your 5-Figure Author Challenge Host

I'm Alinka Rutkowska and I'm excited to be your host. 

Now that I've sold over 100,000 copies of my books, won numerous awards and made invaluable connections in the publishing industry I might look like one of those overnight success phenomena to you.

But it wasn't always this way...

It all started with a dream... with a dream to write and publish my very first book. I still remember how far away that dream seemed but I was determined to make it come true. And it did.

But I got there through sweat and tears and I know that I would have gotten there so much faster if I had been surrounded by the incredible people who I gathered together for this challenge.

Each expert will share their secrets to their publishing success. Each author will give you a piece of the puzzle and by the end of the challenge you will have a beautiful roadmap to a successful author career.

I feel honored to be able to have these conversations and share them with you.

How I wish I had access to such wisdom when I was just getting started!

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