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David is Irish, lives in Prague, and is the author of the historical adventures A Storm Hits Valparaiso and Mercenary, as well as two popular books for writers: Let's Get Digital and Let's Get Visible. His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Sunday Times and the Irish Times. Also, he likes Wings and is not afraid to say so publicly.
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.Read more ›
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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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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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.Read more ›
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