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Let's Get Digital: How to Self-Publish, and Why You Should

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

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    perfect 'how to' book!

    I've read a couple of David's short stories and loved them! I knew he was a great writer but I wasn't sure if that would spill over into a 'how to' book. of course it did!! Awesome job! The way he talks you through every aspect of self-publishing (plus all the why and why not's) is great! It makes you excited to try and interested in learning how! It's very conversational. not preachy! He gives you both sides of the story, which I like a lot. In part one, he's very detailed in his explanation of how the numbers break down, or could break down and helps you understand this eBook world we're now in. Part two, he tells you step by step how and why you need to do certain things while writing, editing, designing a cover, formatting or blogging and then how and where to look for help in these areas. In part three there are a number of success stories!! Plus several appendixes with resources and other great practical info like copyrights, short stories, going International and more. As others have said, some of this information can be found in pieces around the web, but to have it all in one place and so easy to access and read is perfect!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Save time, skip the common mistake and get Publishing!

    So I won a copy of David Gaughran's Let's Get Digital and let me just say, if you are even considering taking the Indie-plunge, this book is a fast must-read. It will save you a lot of trial-by-fire mistakes and keep you from wasting hours combing the 'net for the best tips on publishing your first book.

    This book is compressed with tips to help the first time indie author, but the schooling doesn't just apply to Newbs. I've been at this for a while now, and I could have skipped hours of research by getting this book. And even novice publisher's like me will gain a few ideas to take their career to the next level. As an added bonus, included are features from numerous successful and up-and-coming Indie Authors.

    Let's face it... as a virgin Indies, we not only browse for tips and information, but we also look for the tiniest sliver of promise within the "success stories" of the industry. This book delivers on all counts, and I can see a time in the near future when Let's Get Digital will become the first stop for all those that consider bypassing the legacy publishing system by taking control of their own destiny. So what are you waiting for? Go check it out!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    For Those Who Intend to Self-Publish, and Even Those Who Don't

    Let's Get Digital: How to Self-Publish and Why You Should by David Gaughran is a book you should read, regardless of whether you intend to self-publish or not.

    There are many who still line up in the traditional-publishing vs. self-publishing tug-of-war, vowing a to-the-end throw down over which is best. But increasingly, as the E-Revolution wears on, authors aren't choosing traditional-pub vs. self-pub - they're doing BOTH. Traditionally published authors are self-publishing their backlists (one of my favorites is Arthur Slade, who helpfully posts charts and stuff). Self-published authors are being offered traditional publishing deals. Authors are self-pubbing some books while waiting in the traditional publishing trenches.

    Everyone has a stake in understanding this new self-publishing movement.

    The second half of Gaughran's book is a comprehensive how-to for self-publishing, and I recommend that part for those who are heading down that path. But the first half of the book, while making a strong case for why you should self-publish, is actually a concise analysis of the E-Revolution. As such, I think everyone would benefit from reading it. This in particular struck me as the game-changing part of the self-publishing movement:

    "But what (traditional publishing advocates) don't realize is that the rise in self-publishing is good for them too. If you are a trade-published writer with no interest in self-publishing, the increased viability of self-publishing is good for you...With up to 70% royalty rates available through self-publishing, from now on, every time an author negotiates with a publishing house, the publisher will know that the author has another option."

    When in negotiations, having other options always strengthens your hand. Many authors may not seriously consider self-publishing, but the industry as a whole knows the option is there.

    Whatever path you choose, it pays to know how the game is being played.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

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    I read David Gaughran's book, 'Let's Get Digital,' because, as a

    I read David Gaughran's book, 'Let's Get Digital,' because, as a self-published author of e-books, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect upon the development of the e-book industry.

    This review relates to the first part of Gaughran's book, because, having been through the technical processes of publishing and promotion, etc., the second part was not so relevant to me. But, having skimmed through Part 2, I imagine if you're new to e-book publishing, this would be a useful condensed guide and maybe a helpful forerunner to the inevitable -and, I hasten to add, ultimately rewarding!- wade through the weighty tomes of Mark Coker.

    Part 1 was, for me, a very enlightening and motivating read. I know Gaughran has a vested interest in bigging-up e-publishing but if, like me, you've embarked upon the self-publishing journey, without really considering what's currently happening in the world of traditional publishing, his arguments are well worth reading.

    The success stories of authors in the final part of the book are also necessarily up-beat. What's interesting though, reading through them, is the randomness of people's success; these weren't always writers who were particularly driven or focussed about succeeding in publishing - they, were, however, most always authors who were very committed to the writing process.

    I would recommend this book to all self-published authors as a means of reflecting upon the development of e-books and as a tonic if you're doubting the wisdom of 'going it alone.' Reading 'Let's Get Digital' does give you the sense that you're part of a growing community that's growing in confidence about its identity and legitimacy.

    It's a well-structured book so whether you're an aspiring author, an existing author or a curious reader, you will easily be able to navigate your way around it and dip into relevant sections when you want to.

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    Posted October 25, 2013

    Useful reference

    Well researched, clearly written and very useful.

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