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Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should Paperback – April 25, 2012
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"Let's Get Digital is a must read for anyone considering self-publishing." -- JA Konrath, bestselling author of Trapped, Origin, and Whiskey Sour.
"Simply the best book about the ebook revolution that I have read." -- Michael Wallace, bestselling author of the Righteous series.
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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Mr. Gaughran provides the reader with enough food for thought that would make a seven course meal look like an appetizer. But he never gets preachy. Instead he simply supplies the reader with tools and knowledge to navigate the world of Indie Publishing. He provides solid advice about the importance of editing, proofreading, beta-reading, and revisions, before leading the reader down that final stretch of formatting your book for electronic and actual print.
Even more importantly, he gives some sound advice on marketing and building an audience and how to get reviews and deal with criticism. Writing is not an easy road to take, but Mr. Gaughran does his very best to provide the reader with as many tools and knowledge to help them navigate this journey from start to finish.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to try their hand at the art of telling stories via the written or e-written word.
I found this book very informative and enlightening. The first part covers the history of ebooks. I enjoyed reading about the history since I was an early adopter of ebooks. I had an electronic reader back in the late 90s or early 2000s. I still have it around here some where. The screen on it was not great to read and books for it were close to the cost of a hard back book.
I thought after reading the history of ebooks, I would probably set the book down and not finish the rest of it. But I continued reading about the effort that is made to publish an ebook on the Kindle. I started exploring the links to other resources used to market ebooks. This has opened my eyes to resources I will start using, such as the authors blogs and mailing lists. I really liked the history of the various authors at the end of the book. Let's Get Digital has got me wondering if there is a lot more ebooks that I could find that I would enjoy. I felt it was a well written book.
The background on self publishing and the publishing industry was much more thorough. The discussions on pricing and basic marketing strategy also had more specific details than the topic of how to turn your manuscript into an e-book.
It's a much better book on why to self publish than how to actually do it.
This book gives you the facts and makes you think. I gained a valuable insight into what it takes to self publish. David provided me a tool to evaluate my options and make a decision. I've recommended it to many other aspiring authors. If you're considering the self publishing route, then you need to read this book.