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Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should (Let's Get Publishing Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Gaughran
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2012 WINNER - BEST NON-FICTION (DIY/SELF-HELP) - INDEPENDENT E-BOOK AWARDS

Based on Amazon Reader Reviews:

- TOP RATED IN "PUBLISHING & BOOKS"
- TOP RATED IN "AUTHORSHIP"
- TOP RATED IN "WRITING REFERENCE"


"You won't make any money from self-publishing."


MYTH!

The internet has revolutionized every business it has come into contact with, and publishing is no different.

For the first time, these changes are handing power back to the writer. It's up to YOU if you want to profit from them.

Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should.

This guide contains over 60,000 words of essays, articles, and how-to guides, as well as contributions from 33 bestselling indie authors including J Carson Black, Bob Mayer, Victorine Lieske, Mark Edwards, and many more.

It covers everything from how the disruptive power of the internet has changed the publishing business forever to the opportunities this has created for writers. It gives you practical advice on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing. And it reveals marketing tips from blogging and social networking right through to competitions, discounts, reviews, and giveaways.

If you are considering self-publishing, if you need to breathe life into your flagging sales, or if you want to understand why it's a great time to be a writer, Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should will explain it all.

Praise for Let's Get Digital:

"Let's Get Digital is a must read for anyone considering self-publishing." -- JA Konrath, bestselling author of TrappedOrigin, and Whiskey Sour.

"Even with my background as an indie writer, I picked up several valuable tips...this is simply the best book about the ebook revolution that I have read." -- Michael Wallace, bestselling author of the Righteous series. 

"Credible and comprehensive. I'd recommend it to any writer who is considering self-publishing or anyone interested in the current state of publishing." -- Big Al's Books and Pals - 5 stars.

"It should be THE starting point for anyone considering self-publishing today. This book is a Pixel Pick, and should be considered required reading for any Indie author." -- Pixel of Ink.

The follow-up to Let's Get Digital is out now. Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books is available from Amazon (cut-and-paste into your browser): amzn.to/LGVisible

Praise for 
Let's Get Visible:

"Let's Get Visible is the best tool I have discovered for a writer to push sales and visibility to the next level, and an indispensable addition to the library of any indie writer. If you're an indie writer and you're not buying this book, you simply aren't playing this game to win." -- Michael Wallace, bestselling author of The Righteous.

"Gaughran distills complex subject matter and explains it in a way that anybody can easily understand, and takes the guesswork out of promotion at Amazon. He removes the mysticism and gets you as close as anyone outside of Amazon will probably be to understanding how stuff works behind the curtain." -- David Wright, bestselling author of Yesterday's Gone.

"If you are a self-publisher looking to improve your ability to get eyeballs on your books, I can't recommend this title highly enough. The book contains many ideas I've used successfully and several I'm now excited to try." -- Cidney Swanson, bestselling author of Saving Mars.

"Let's Get Visible offers a precise understanding of Amazon's systems and a real strategy authors can use to improve performance. An invaluable resource." -- Jason Letts, bestselling author of Inevitable.



Editorial Reviews

Review

"Let's Get Digital is a must read for anyone considering self-publishing." -- JA Konrath, bestselling author of Trapped, Origin, and Whiskey Sour.

"Even with my background as an indie writer, I picked up several valuable tips...this is simply the best book about the ebook revolution that I have read." -- Michael Wallace, bestselling author of the Righteous series. 

About the Author

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David Gaughran is an Irish writer, living in London, who spends most of his time travelling the world, collecting stories. He runs the publishing blog Let's Get Digital and the South American history site South Americana, and his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Sunday Times, and the Irish Times.

Product Details

  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Arriba Arriba Books (July 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DC68NI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic intro for newbies to self-publishing July 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
First off, I was given a copy of this book to review prior to it being available here on Amazon. I have been researching self-publishing for several months, am a regular over at the Kindleboards, JA Konrath's blog and the myriad Twitter feeds that daily tweet new links. It's a rollercoaster ride keeping up with everything on a daily basis, especially when it can change so much from one day to the next.

That said, I've read David Gaughran's LET'S GET DIGITAL and can safely say this book will give, in a nutshell, any newbies or those casually interested in what self-publishing can offer today an excellent introduction. This is not necessarily a how-to book on getting your book onto Amazon's Kindle, B&N Nook, Smashwords or the myriad other outlets available to buy/sell ebooks (or print novels available through sites like CreateSpace or Lightening Source). No, this is an introduction (and a very thorough and well-written one at that) to the self-publishing industry itself, complete with simple math comparing current royalty rates, as well as a number of real life situations with authors who found success beyond their wildest dreams. Mr. Gaughran compares traditional publishing with self publishing and manages to stay fair on both sides, but does point out how the business math works better (in some cases) when you do this yourself.

The first nearly two-thirds of the book is the nitty-gritty of the industry itself, how and why it works. Mr. Gaughran does a good job of making the sometimes confusing marketplace seem simple, as well as filling in a lot of blanks and answering a lot of questions most self-publishers (and those of us who intend to one day do it) face daily from other interested parties.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So you want to be an author? Read this first! July 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
David Gaughran is an up-and-coming writer whose two short story collections have garnered him critical acclaim, while his blog has become one of the go-to resources for self-publishing tips, news, and opinion. Now Gaughran has packaged his best self-publishing advice (along with lots of new material and the success stories of several other self-published authors) into a convenient, low-priced must-read book.

"Let's Get Digital" covers all the indie-publishing bases with practical advice based on Gaughran's own experience. You can tell Gaughran really enjoys the subject of self-publishing.

Gaughran talks about the recent wave of self-publishing success stories, Amazon's power, the importance of cover design and professional editing, formatting, writing, short stories, pricing, international differences, blogging, marketing, social media, reviews, giveaways, various e-publishing options, what to do when your sales stop, and contains several resources you should get familiar with.

While instructional, "Let's Get Digital" is also inspirational, sure to spur any newbie author forward in pursuit of their publishing dreams. While there are other books which focus more on some of the technical aspects (such as formatting and design), Gaughran does a fine job of covering the basics and pointing you towards some free resources to delve deeper if you need to.

All in all, "Let's Get Digital" is a fine addition to any self-published author's shelf, and great information and inspiration from an author you ought to be watching.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been anxiously awaiting David Gaughran's "Let's Get Digital" since following his extremely informative blog. This release couldn't have come at a better time since I'm about to launch my first self-publishing adventure. After reading a few other self-publishing how-tos and still feeling that I didn't get the whole picture, I was so relieved for Gaughran to fill in the gaping cracks.

As others have said, it's no surprise how helpful this guide is given how effective and successful his blog advice is, but I was surprised at the depth and detail Gaughran has furthered his blog discussions.

I especially enjoyed reading about the 33 self-publishing success stories, giving inspiration to all those self-publishers that are willing to do their research and complete all the necessary steps to produce quality novels that can hold up to traditionally published standards.

Although I wonder how much of David's self-promoting genius and writing talent can be taught, I will reread his guide over and over in the hopes of some marketing strategy osmosis.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone can self-publish an ebook August 1, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
from book blogger Margaret Yang of the WritingSlices blog

David Gaughran makes an unusual choice in the introduction to LET'S GET DIGITAL. Most people would start by listing their credentials, but Gaughran admits he has none. He's not a best-selling author. He's not a digital superstar. He's a nobody. And that's a good thing. Because he wants you know something important. Anyone can publish an ebook.

LET'S GET DIGITAL is divided into three parts. The first is philosophy. Before we can understand the how, Gaughran says we need to understand the why. He starts by listing the reasons big publishers are in trouble and why print books are in a death spiral. He makes good points, but he also assumes that his readers have zero knowledge of the publishing industry. Most writers have spent years working (or trying to work) within that system and know it well, so this part won't be of much use. Besides, the audience for this book won't need convincing that they should self-publish. They'd just like to know how.

The second part is absolutely bursting with useful information. It covers the how-to of editing, covers, formatting, uploading to sales channels, and pricing. Throughout, Gaughran urges writers to produce nothing but their best, and shows them how to do just that. He also covers post-publication work like sales, marketing, and reviews. A lot of this is common sense and the information is widely available all over the internet. However, having it all in one convenient place feels like a gift.

Gaughran also discusses how to handle a sales slump. This is somewhat of a taboo subject among indie writers and Gaughran is courageous for tackling it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Well written. Nice feel good stories, but mostly short on useful...
Well written. Nice feel good stories, but mostly short on useful information. If you want to feel good about self publishing this is the book to read. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Susan Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Anyone Who Wants to Learn About Self-publishing
Full of excellent advice from a pro (and his friends) and a must read for anyone contemplating self-publishing. I highly recommend it.
Published 17 days ago by Claude Nougat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, carefully reasoned and detailed
Excellent, carefully reasoned, detailed guide. With the publishing world a big gray cloud, this is like having a good chart.
Published 25 days ago by John B. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Advice!
After having tinkered with my own novel, CONVERGENCE, for the better part of two years now and having seriously contemplated the path towards self-publishing, I’ve been paying... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Patrick Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
A well written and informative guide to self-publishing. While a few years old the material is still both valid and actionable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David W
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for new publishers.
I actually started reading another book about self publishing but the authors spent so much time talking about themselves I was quickly bored. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ricky
5.0 out of 5 stars Best advice for new writers
Where to begin? The author provides exceptional advice for new writers who want to be published - a difficult prospect these days when the publishing industry is consolidating and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
Great book. Very thorough, and he keeps it interesting. Can't wait to get started. Will look for more books from this author.
Published 3 months ago by Paula Wesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible & Classic Collection of Self-Publishing Advice Mixed in...
David Gaughran's book is an excellent mix of advice and writers' journal rolled into one. As a beginning book marketer, this book provided an excellent, non-hype introduction to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charles T. Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a tool you want to have
I just recently self-published my debut novel, and "Let's Get Digital" and David Gaughran's blog are the two sources I consulted the most. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kit Lyman
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David Gaughran is an Irish writer, living in Prague, who spends most of his time travelling the world, collecting stories. He runs the publishing blog Let's Get Digital and the South American history site South Americana, and his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Sunday Times and the Irish Times.



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