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

David Gaughran
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Book Description


This award-winning, bestselling self-publishing guide has been re-released as a new updated and expanded 2nd edition, with 75,000 words of essays, articles, and how-to guides, as well as contributions from 30 bestselling indie authors including J Carson Black, Bob Mayer, Debora Geary, Mark Edwards, and many more.

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


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 (Updated 2nd Edition) 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, hands-on advice, sharing the very latest best practices on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing.

It gives you proven marketing strategies that won't eat into your writing time and are actually effective at selling books. It also shares tips on platform building, blogging, and social networking, and explains which approaches are best for selling fiction versus non-fiction, and what writers should really focus on.

This new updated 2nd edition now has more options for those on a tighter budget, teaches you how to get your book into print (and why that helps selling e-books), tells you why you should start a mailing list immediately, and shares the pros and cons of going exclusive with Amazon. And that's just for starters...

Praise for Let's Get Digital:

"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.

"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.

*** Table of Contents ***

1. Appetite for Disruption
2. Here Be Pirates!
3. Royalties
4. What We Talk About When We Talk About Editing
5. Literary Agents
6. The 800lb Gorilla: Amazon
7. Print Is Doomed
8. E-book Dominance Is Inevitable
9. Publishers: The New Travel Agents?
10. The Age of the Algorithm
11. Self-publishing Myths
12. A Great Time to Be a Writer
13. ...Unless You Fall For These Scams

Step 1: Publishing When Ready
Step 2: Cover Design
Step 3: Working With An Editor
Step 4: Formatting & Killer Layouts
Step 5: Pricing To Sell
Step 6: Uploading & Metadata
Step 7: Marketing is Easy
Step 8: Platform Building
Step 9: Developing A Sticky Readership
Step 10: How To Kickstart Your Sales

Cheryl Shireman
Victorine Lieske
Michael Hicks
CJ Archer
Beth Orsoff
Bob Mayer
Debora Geary
Sibel Hodge
Consuelo Saah Baehr
Steven L. Hawk
Suzanne Tyrpak
Mel Comley
Jason Letts
Melanie Nilles
Jan Hurst-Nicholson
KC May
Terri Reid
N Gemini Sasson
Susanne O'Leary
Shayne Parkinson
Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Sarah Woodbury
Kenneth Rosenberg
Katie Klein
William Esmont
Lexi Revellian
J Carson Black
Imogen Rose
Mark Edwards
CD Reiss

Appendix A: Publishing Checklist
Appendix B: Mailing Lists
Appendix C: Let's Get Physical
Appendix D: Shorter Stories
Appendix E: Reviews
Appendix F: KDP Select
Appendix G: Practicalities
Appendix H: Resources

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Arriba Arriba Books; 2 edition (10 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DC68NI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Get Digital 15 Aug. 2011
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
Any potential reader's first question about a how-to book should be, does the author know what he is talking about? In David Gaughran's case, it might be reasonable to wonder. He's published a few short stories and this book. While that might not seem like much in the way of experience, it also proves one of his contentions, that self-publishing is something that anyone is capable of doing.

Gaughran had been writing for years, attempting to follow the traditional route to publication. While he'd had agents that were interested, he had not yet broken through. Then he heard some stories about authors who had found success through self-publishing and others, previously traditionally published, who decided to spurn traditional-publishing to go it on their own. He began researching self-publishing, and shortly after starting blogging about what he had found. His blog quickly became one of the go-to sites on the subject. Many of his popular blog posts were reworked for inclusion in "Let's Get Digital."

The book has three parts. The first and the last are of potential interest to any reader, even one who knows they'll never want to publish anything.

Part I makes the case for self-publishing -the "why you should" portion of the subtitle. It gives an even-handed view of where the publishing industry is today, where it is going, and makes the case for self-publishing. While acknowledging that everyone has different goals in their writing, Gaughran makes a solid case with ample facts, figures, and research as support for his contentions.

Part II covers the details of self-publishing. Along with appendices, this section tells you what you need to know to produce your book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Let's Get Digital is a book of three parts. The first part explores the 'digital revolution', why now is a great time to be a writer, and lessons the publishing industry should learn from the music industry. With sections such as "Could Piracy Be Good For Authors?" and "E-book Dominance Is Inevitable" this section is the definitive statement on the state of digital publishing at the moment.

The third section is a series of success stories. 33 different writers, some well known and some not so much, talk about how they got into digital publishing and the kind of ride they've had since. Some of these stories are a bit on the short side, but all of them are interesting and inspiring. You really get a feel for how digital self-publishing is empowering so many different writers, and could do the same for you.

The second part of the book is what I like to think of as the meat in the sandwich. Or the burrito maybe. I never did like sandwiches all that much. But then burritos have a really thin wrap, which is a little unfair to sections one and three, so maybe sandwich is a better metaphor after all...

Anyway, the second part of the book is meaty, telling you exactly what you need to do to self-publish. From writing to formatting to promoting, taking in cover design and editing along the way. There are other books which go into more detail about specific aspects, but 'Let's Get Digital' gives a really good overview of the whole process, with pointers to where you can get more information if you need it. It also goes a little more into the 'why's than many books do, with two parts of the section on promoting your book titled "Don't Be A D*ck" and "Do Unto Others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly useful 27 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While about to dip my toe in the self-publishing waters I realised I needed a bit of hand-holding, and this seems to be the perfect accompaniment. It covers why you want to make the jump (although, for most people the obvious answer is 'agent/publishers aren't interested'), how to go about it, from formatting your book etc. to other things you need to know, like tax issues.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate self-publishing handbook 14 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Let's Get Digital" is a must for everyone who is considering creating and publishing their own e-books.

Of all the many self-publishing how-tos and handbooks that are currently flooding the market, this book is definitely the best, chock full information, tips and helpful links.
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I bought this as part of the indie power pack and it's proved hugely valuable. I have already self published my first non fiction novel but as they say, you never stop learning. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good on ebooks, misapprehensions over print
This was very interesting and very useful on understanding the ebook market, how to manage within this market, and how that market is changing the general publishing market. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Grey Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide for Indie Authors.
A book I bought as part of a package for indie authors. I’m glad I did. So far, and this is the second in the pack of three, it has been a thoroughly worthwhile investment in terms... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stuart Aken
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful for first time indie authors but also full of advice...
Excellent. Possibly invaluable if you are writing an ebook for the first time, as I am. If only I had read it before uploading my print book!
Published 3 months ago by Esdaile Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you want to self-publish this is one of the first books you should buy. Clear, detailed, updated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent self publishing primer
Well written and pulls no punches. David gaughran offers this excellent self publishing primer which comprehensively covers the latest developments, as well as the basics, of self... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jo Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and well-written
Lots of very helpful advice, and well-written. Recommended if you're trying to get up the learning curve towards self-publishing.
Published 3 months ago by Calum
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Quality information from a quality writer.
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