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David Gaughran

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David Gaughran lives in Dublin, where the rain comes up from the ground and everyone has pints for hands.

He is the author of the historical adventures Liberty Boy, Mercenary, and A Storm Hits Valparaiso, the short stories If You Go Into The Woods and Transfection as well as the popular writers' books Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should and Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books.

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 Journal For Maritime Research. Visit DavidGaughran.com to sign up to his mailing list


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David Gaughran That's a tricky question. Writing non-fiction is easier for me. It feels like there's less moving parts than fiction and the whole process is less…moreThat's a tricky question. Writing non-fiction is easier for me. It feels like there's less moving parts than fiction and the whole process is less frustrating in general. But I have a greater sense of accomplishment when finishing a novel - perhaps because I find the challenge much more demanding, I don't know. I get a lot out of writing non-fiction, but I do see myself as primarily a fiction writer, and I suspect that when I finally shuffle off this mortal coil I will have put out a large collection of novels and just a handful of non-fiction books. But it's all fun... when I'm not tearing my hair out!(less)
David Gaughran I really don't know. The outcome of the class action suit could have a big effect on Author Solutions' future, but I'd hate to let that be the…moreI really don't know. The outcome of the class action suit could have a big effect on Author Solutions' future, but I'd hate to let that be the ultimate arbiter as federal class actions are judged on very technical grounds and fail all the time for reasons nothing to do with the issues at stake. In general though, I think Penguin Random House, the owner of Author Solutions, and the other publishers who partner with them have been largely getting a pass from the writing/publishing community. It's amazing when you contrast the level of criticism Amazon gets for things it *might* do in the future with the complete lack of criticism Penguin Random House gets for the large-scale exploitation of writers at Author Solutions. That has to stop. I've no problem with Amazon being subjected to scrutiny - it should be - but Penguin Random House is getting away with it, aided and abetted by the press who either won't write articles about what's going on (but are happy to slam Amazon on the flimsiest pretext), or just write Author Solutions puff pieces because Author Solutions is an advertiser. It's shameful and drives me crazy.(less)
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“Every single industry that had been disrupted by the internet had claimed special status. Publishing was no different—first in dismissing the threat and then in demanding protection from the very threat it had once dismissed—”
David Gaughran, Let's Get Digital: How to Self-Publish, and Why You Should

“the majority of readers discovered their favorite author by getting a book for free,”
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“probably the biggest complaint authors have in this brave new world is not sales (or the lack thereof) but the constant promotion that eats so much into precious writing time.”
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“Suicide in the trenches:

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
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You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
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