Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should: Updated Second Edition (Let's Get Publishing Book 1) Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"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.
From the Author
This is my thank you to all the readers who have supported me over the last three years, because you are the reason this book was such a success. I hope you enjoy this update. I put a lot into this new edition and I hope it's as useful to you as the first one was.
If you purchased the 1st edition, you can get the new 2nd edition for free via Manage My Content & Devices (formerly Manage My Kindle) in your Amazon account.
- ASIN : B005DC68NI
- Publisher : Arriba Arriba Books; 2nd edition (September 10, 2014)
- Publication date : September 10, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 648 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #853,162 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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. His advice is mostly of the "keep calm and carry on" sort, but he also offers a few tricks to goose sales such as a revamped book description and extra promo work. However, the only thing a writer can really do is keep writing. Nothing boosts sales of a book like more books.
Part three is inspiration. Thirty-three successful authors tell their own publication stories in short essays. Every author took a slightly different path, but some common themes emerged. Self-publishing wasn't a lifelong dream for these authors. Many of them stumbled across the idea almost accidentally. Many authors also talked about the ease of self-publishing. Turning a finished manuscript into a book really isn't that hard. All of the contributors exceeded their own expectations. Most are doing phenomenally well, seemingly overnight. This last one might be a bit of a downer for people who don't immediately see big sales numbers, but they are called success stories for a reason.
The other thing that came up many times, from many authors, is the importance of other people. None of them succeeded alone. They all benefited from the strong indie community that has developed on the blogs, the Kindle boards, and Twitter. Writers have always helped writers by sharing what they know, and it's clear Gaughran has that same generous spirit. The introduction is correct. With the information and inspiration found in LET'S GET DIGITAL, anyone can publish an ebook.
As an author, I cannot be grateful enough for this information and the way Gaughran has approached it in such a detailed, organized, and still entertaining manner - not to mention the deliciously long lists of resource links he so graciously added in the Appendices. As an editor whose clients are mostly Indie Authors (or those on the cliff behind traditional publishing rejections before they take the final leap), this book has added invaluable tips, stats, resources, and how-to's for me to share with my clients and fellow authors in order to help boost their own Indie careers - because, let's face it, that's what this is about. We all help each other!
David, if you have the time in your day to sift through all these great reviews and manage to glance at this one from a humble reader and Indie Author shooting off in a new career...thank you. THANK YOU. And I've already started 'Let's Get Visible'.
There was a mix of specific advice (try this price and approach bloggers for reviews) and vague advice (have a good cover).
The anecdotes all sounded about the same. "I published a book and tried these things and my books sell well."
I'm starting to really think Oneil's blog post is right when it says bestsellers are accidents. Most of the example indie authors in Let's Get Digital didn't really know why their books sold so well. Only one or two were brave enough to admit it.
Some of it might have even been just timing. If you self-published in 2010, you weren't fighting quite the crowd that 2016 brings. There also weren't as many resources then, though.
Was this book useful? Yes, if I didn't already spend hours upon hours every week reading indie author blogs, facebook pages, and goodreads groups. As it was, this book added very little.
It tried to say KU paid per borrow, which isn't true anymore. I wonder how recently it was updated. The self-publishing industry changes rather quickly. The audiobook was the second edition.
Top reviews from other countries
I could relate very well to what he had to say about publishing a print version of your book as well as an E-book version. Like him, I will never forget how happy I was when I held the paperback version of my book in my hand. Looking at the E-book version of my book on my Kindle is a pleasure, but it is not as good as looking at the paperback version of my book as part of my book collection.
I enjoyed reading the success stories of self published writers which brought the book to an end. Lately, I have been thinking that self publishing has made a lot of people happy, which is a good thing. Waiting to hear from literary agents and publishers for up to six months only to receive the expected rejection letter does not do anyone any good at all. Self publishing has put an end to that, as David Gaughran reveals in his book, which ends with some useful addresses on the Internet for those interested in book publishing, particularly in the difference between the traditional way of publishing books and the new way of self publishing. I found the book to be interesting, comforting and a pleasure to read.
In this newly revised book, Gaughran starts out with a description of the current publishing climate, giving strong reasons as to why writers should self-publish. It then moves on to the nuts and bolts of how to self-publish with clear instruction that anybody could follow. It then moves on to how to market your book and develop a “sticky readership” and ends with a series of stories from self-published authors who started with nothing and went on to become a success. Then, if that wasn’t enough, come a series of appendices including checklists leading up to and post-publishing, how to set up mailing lists, advice on how to create paperback books and specific support for authors of short stories.
This comprehensive book provides excellent advice in a no nonsense style without any gimmicks or magic beans. If you are serious about self-publishing, you should own this book. Highly recommended
This book is really three books in one - the first a fascinating history of how the publishing trade has got to its current crossroads, with a look to the future as well; the second a here's-how-to-self-publish guide; the third a catalogue of 33 authors who've been there, done that and want to spread the self-publishing love to other aspiring authors.
While the second section is a bit too brief to stand alone as a guide, there is plenty of extra support out there in the form of other how-to books and copious stuff to be found online from other trustworthy sources such as the Alliance of Independent Authors and KDP itself (the branch of Amazon that allows you to self-publish quickly and easily to Kindle).
I'd still have found this book value for money if only receiving the first section - in the many other books I've read on the subject, I've never seen such a succinct, reasoned and readable summary. Section 3 is also a good source of moral support for any self-published authors who are having a bad day. Gaughran's idea of using not only the giants of self-publishing to recount their success, but also smaller players that are "normal" people, easy to relate to, is very winning.
Thank you, Mr Gaughran, I'll be recommending this book to others, and I'm now downloading its companion piece, "Let's Get Visible". (Love the translations of your title into French, by the way - check out his author page to see them listed!)
I found it a little strange though that a European author would write so much from a generally American perspective. While this is undoubtedly to get the bigger audience, the message wouldn't have been diluted by addressing it as a European.
A couple of things that I didn't like though were the pointless 33 interviews with authors. This was just padding. Half a dozen would've been acceptable as these are generally gloat pieces. They explain that an author did well but their variables mightn't match yours.
Also, this non-fiction book doesn't assume that you would be writing non-fiction either. A few pointers on writing anything other than short stories and novels would be appreciated as they can be a harder sell. There's no Amanda Hocking of non-fiction yet after all.
That aside, it's very cheap and gave me most of what I wanted to know.
In summary, I think this book would be an invaluable addition to the library of anyone considering self-publishing, as well as that of anyone who has already opted for this path. I also think the author should be commended for making this updated edition free to all those who purchased the original. I am not one of them, but I think the gesture proves that his motives are not limited to the financial, something I cannot say for a large number of those choosing to publish write about the subject.