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Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should (Let's Get Publishing Book 1)

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

David Gaughran
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Based on Amazon Reader Reviews:


"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.

This guide contains over 60,000 words of essays, articles, and how-to guides, as well as contributions from 33 bestselling indie authors including J Carson Black, Bob Mayer, Victorine Lieske, Mark Edwards, and many more.

It 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 advice on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing. And it reveals marketing tips from blogging and social networking right through to competitions, discounts, reviews, and giveaways.

If you are considering self-publishing, if you need to breathe life into your flagging sales, or if you want to understand why it's a great time to be a writer, Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should will explain it all.

Praise for Let's Get Digital:

"Let's Get Digital is a must read for anyone considering self-publishing." -- JA Konrath, bestselling author of TrappedOrigin, 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.

The follow-up to Let's Get Digital is out now. Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books is available from Amazon (cut-and-paste into your browser):

Praise for 
Let's Get Visible:

"Let's Get Visible is the best tool I have discovered for a writer to push sales and visibility to the next level, and an indispensable addition to the library of any indie writer. If you're an indie writer and you're not buying this book, you simply aren't playing this game to win." -- Michael Wallace, bestselling author of The Righteous.

"Gaughran distills complex subject matter and explains it in a way that anybody can easily understand, and takes the guesswork out of promotion at Amazon. He removes the mysticism and gets you as close as anyone outside of Amazon will probably be to understanding how stuff works behind the curtain." -- David Wright, bestselling author of Yesterday's Gone.

"If you are a self-publisher looking to improve your ability to get eyeballs on your books, I can't recommend this title highly enough. The book contains many ideas I've used successfully and several I'm now excited to try." -- Cidney Swanson, bestselling author of Saving Mars.

"Let's Get Visible offers a precise understanding of Amazon's systems and a real strategy authors can use to improve performance. An invaluable resource." -- Jason Letts, bestselling author of Inevitable.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Arriba Arriba Books (20 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DC68NI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Gaughran is a 35-year old Irish writer, living in London, 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, has a regular column at Indie Reader, and his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, and the Irish Times.

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5 of 5 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
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr Motivator 25 Sep 2013
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First off, this is not a "How to", but is a good kick up the backside as to why you should. If you've already failed the scenic route, agents and publishers all rejecting you, then perhaps you should try the alternative. Guaghran writes well in an informative manner but you will still have to do the hard work yourself.
One thing I disagree with is paying for an editor up to $2,000 a time. If I had that kind of money to throw around why would I need to write for profit? Apart from that I've read many a book with some incredibly funny typoes or spelling errors so the editor did not do the job right anyway. Get family and friends to read your work. As long as they tell you what's wrong you can put it right. If you do write then you're probably a reader so you can go through and edit yourself.
A couple of things you should take note of. Even if you do get a deal, the advance is probably all the money you will ever see as a new author and you lose the rights to republish for some time. If you do self-publish electronically there is no stock to keep track of and your back catalogue can be on sale for as long as you want.
Finally, no advice is any good unless you have something to sell. Being an author is about writing, selling will follow if what you do is any good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly useful 27 July 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful indeed
I approached this book with some trepidation. i'm not a techy and with a title like 'Let's Get Digital', well, I was expecting to be confused by the content. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LA Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and realistic guide
Packed full of practical information and resources and written by some one who has done the ground work by being a self published ebook author. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Brooke Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read and full of useful advice
As a new author I have read several books of this type. Most have turned out to be disappointing. This one is different. A nice style and chock full of useful advice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Ramsey
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and very informative.
A very useful and well written book with plenty of great information for Amazon authors. Highly recommended along with 'Let's Get Visible'.
Published 3 months ago by John Kean
4.0 out of 5 stars Another help, why not
I have downloaded quite a few help books and each bring their own ways of approaching the way to self publish and sometimes give you another nugget of gold to help you on your way. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LOUISA BLACK
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
While I have done some research into electronic publishing this book provided me with a lot of additional information; particularly with regards to other publishing platforms and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christopher Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest Know-how
It is astonishing how much one gets for under two quid! Self-publishing is complex, but DG gives one confidence that, with concentration and diligence, one can do almost anything. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian Dutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of the best books on self publishing
Probably the best book on self publishing by a self published author. Though I did skip some pages where the author described his view of traditional publishing and why authors... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah Gilani
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating overview of 21st century book trade + inspiration for...
A well-written and motivating introduction to the state of the modern book trade and how it's come about, encouraging would-be authors to get down and get digital by self-pubishing... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Debbie Young
5.0 out of 5 stars A eye-opener!
This is such an eye opener and having worked in the music business during the digital revolution I found it so invaluable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Eagle Reader
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