- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475212607
- ISBN-13: 978-1475212600
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 390 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should Paperback – April 25, 2012
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About the Author
David is Irish and lives in Dublin, where it rains every day and conversation is a sport. He is the author of the historical adventures Liberty Boy, Mercenary & A Storm Hits Valparaiso, and has helped thousands of authors to self-publish their work via his workshops, blog, and two popular writers' books: Let's Get Digital & Let's Get Visible. He has been featured in the Telegraph, the Irish Times, the Guardian, the Irish Examiner, the Sunday Times, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Forbes, Mashable, New York Observer, Newsweek Polska, il Giornale, The Star Malaysia, and, most pleasingly, the Journal for Maritime Research. He also likes Wings and isn't afraid to say so. Visit DavidGaughran.com to sign up to his mailing list.
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Book publishing is fickle, don't quit your day job. Really. The biggest problem on Amazon is that you are competing against people who have been out there a long time. They got enough reviews to rank, so they continue to be the top suggested book in that category. If you write a new book, and have fewer than 500 reviews, people do not pay attention. The people who were there first have a big advantage.
I am not saying it cannot be done, I am just saying it gets harder every year. About 1 million books are published a year. Without enough reviews and a promotional campaign, you will not sell. The titans of the book world started a long time ago, before everyone decided to write and publish a book.
I am doing OK selling books. I'm making enough to survive, but just barely. I very strongly suggest anyone who writes books actually not quit your day job. Unless you have made enough to make a living for over 2 years, do not quit your day job. Books can be a flash in the pan.
You are isolated, writing by yourself all day and night. Don't put a lot of money in a cover. Your tastes will change. You will want new covers as you learn about cover design. Most people say to not bother doing any marketing until you have done 3-4 books. I would agree with that. Regardless of genre, your writing does improve.
You can write a good book, and lightning can strike, and it sells well. But, I would not count on it. Just know that in advance.
There are a lot of hucksters out there selling book publishing classes. These are people who make a lot of money off the hopes and dreams of writers. A lot of the people they use as examples of selling books are no longer selling, if they ever did.
This author is a good writer, but this book is the only book he wrote that is selling well. More people wanting to write books.
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.