*** Updated & Expanded Third Edition! ***
Learn how to publish your work like a pro and start building your audience with the most comprehensive and up-to-date self-publishing guide on the market today. Packed with practical, actionable advice, Let's Get Digital delivers the very latest best practices on publishing your work and finding readers.
· Boost your writing career with marketing strategies that are proven to sell more books.
· Get expert tips on platform building, blogging and social media.
· Discover which approaches are best for selling fiction vs. non-fiction.
· Implement powerful ways to make your ebooks more discoverable.
· Increase your visibility by optimizing keywords and categories.
· Weigh the pros and cons of Kindle Unlimited, and find out exactly how to tweak your promotional plans depending on whether you stay exclusive to Amazon or opt for wider distribution.
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.
PART ONE: HOW TO PUBLISH A BOOK
1. Writing to Market
2. Finding a Proper Editor
3. Covers, Blurbs, Taglines
4. Building Your Book
5. Pricing to Sell
6. Optimizing Metadata--Keywords & Categories
7. Distribution: Wide or Exclusive?
8. Your First Readers
9. Platform Building & Related Terrors
10. Planning for Success
PART TWO: THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION
11. Birth of the Kindle
13. The Lure of Self-Publishing
14. Myths, Shibboleths, Zombie Memes
15. Scammers & Weasels
16. The Age of the Algorithm
17. How the Kindle Store Works
18. Paperbacks, Short Stories. Reviews, Practicalities
19. Starting from Zero
PART THREE: SUCCESS STORIES
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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.
LET'S GET DIGITAL is full of useful information of interest to anyone in the publishing business. From insights into how self-publishing became so big to advice on making your own book competitive, this is a worthy read for anybody looking to make a career out of being an author, and especially for those just starting out or struggling to find success. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.
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.