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

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,333 ratings  ·  289 reviews
*** 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.

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Kindle Edition, 3rd Edition, 312 pages
Published January 25th 2018 by David Gaughran (first published July 18th 2011)
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Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
Where I got the book: purchased on Kindle as part of a boxed set special offer.

Let me say straightaway that I’m viewing this book as what it is: a self-publisher helping others and making some money at the same time. Most books about self-publishing are like that; they’re often based on advice given on blogs and so on. I haven’t yet come across one that has that slick and professional feel that makes me go “Yes! An authority!”, although Joanna Penn (whom I’m currently reading) comes close.
Dee Arr
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you have any desire to self-publish (or are already involved), this is a book that needs to be on your bookshelf.

I had previously read “Let’s Get Digital” (Second Edition) and for months have been promising myself I would reread it, so I was surprised and happy to see that Mr. Gaughran has updated this informative work and released the Third Edition. I have always believed it makes sense to find people who knows what they are talking about and then learn from them rather than bang my head
Philip Dodd
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, Let's Get Digital by David Gaughran, is a good book to read for anyone interested in self publishing, I think. It is just the book I needed to read at the moment, as I am in the midst of preparing my second self published book for publication. To my relief, in clear, readable prose, David Gaughran in his book gave me good reasons for what not to do and what not to be concerned about as regards self publishing. I was particularly interested in what he had to say about what is to me the ...more
Amber Foxx
This review is organized according to the number of grains of salt with which I think a reader should take David Gaughran’s advice.
The whole shaker

When Gaughran has done his research and adequately documented it, he’s informative and persuasive. When he bases his advice on his personal experience and that of a few other writers, he uses only anecdotal evidence—not the strongest kind on which to base advice, but grounded in at least this weakest level of proof. Occasionally he
Stuart Aken
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 of time and money. In fact, I would happily have paid significantly more for these books.

This volume is very much about the nuts and bolts of indie publishing. There is a good deal of history and background, which it is tempting to skip. Don’t: you’ll miss out on some very useful information. There are sections on the
Stan James
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Let's Get Digital is a concise, current and captivating collection of considerations on why and especially how you might go about self-publishing your books. It also doesn't suffer from the terrible alliteration I used in the previous sentence. Sorry about that.

Author David Gaughran has updated his book with this third edition and considering the changes that have occurred since the first edition in 2010, it's a thoughtful and interesting look back at the early days of self-publishing (through
Traci Loudin
Nov 28, 2014 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: indie authors
This review is for the 2nd Edition. This book rocks. It's pretty much your step-by-step guide for success in indie publishing. I can't wait to put it all to the test later this year.

I got this book as part of the Indie Power Pack, but it's worth buying at full price. Of the three books in the pack, this book is much more straightforward and rambles a LOT less than Write. Publish. Repeat. and is specifically geared toward fiction writers, unlike How To Market A Book.

I will say that it gets off
Maryan Pelland
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reviewed
This one is a winner. David Gaughran is a regular guy that began a website a year or so ago when he started publishing his writing digitally. I have never read a better put-together explanation of what an author goes through in this quest. Gaughran tells his story from the time he uploads his first ebook to the point where he felt successful, and beyond. It's really nice to read about success without ego-bloat and to see that any one who wishes to walk the walk can, and will find a way to get ...more
D. Thrush
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for newbie self-publishers. I published my first book in 2013 and I still learned some things from the updated 2018 version. More than anything, for me, this book was a pep talk. You can make a living as an indie author. But it’s not easy. There are success stories from indie authors in the last section but they self-published in 2010-2011 when there wasn’t as much competition. I’d like to read some success stories from writers now. It’s not enough to just publish a good ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let's get Digital is a great read for anyone who is thinking of self publishing or wants to know more about it. David Gaughran explains in an easy to understand manner the whole process of how to self publishing and makes it all seem very doable. I think for those new to self publishing this can be a big help to know where to start and what to get ready before publishing their book. There is also some information about the marketing side of things, some history of the publishing industry and a ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll start by saying I've read a lot of these books. A LOT.

The Internet (and Amazon especially) is full of people who have successfully self-published who then write a book on how to self-publish, and self-publish it. Sometimes books on how to self-publish are the ONLY things people have actually self-published, which strikes me as funny.

This book is a reference, and a resource, and an utterly indispensable guide if you want to self-publish digital writing in 2019. Is there anything here that's
Jean Oram
This is still my number one recommend-to-newbies book when it comes to self-publishing.

I read the original edition around when I first started and found it very helpful. I reread the newest edition to see what had changed and I think his newsletter freebie and blog posts have already covered the new stuff. So if you are doing OK with self publishing and already following David, there's no real need to re-read the latest edition. However, if you are new definitely pick it up and give it a read
Joseph John
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely helpful if you're brand new to publishing. For me, it just rehashed what I already knew.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I found this book very informative and educational. I highly recommend this book to anyone planning on self publishing their books.
Nicholas Kotar
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good intro-level book on how to self-publish. Looking forward to David's next book, which should be even more interesting.
Melissa Storm
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best most comprehensive overview of the industry any author could hope for. I'm going to make my brother read it :)
Joanne Homer
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Everything you need to know about self-publishing, marketing and selling your book. This is a must for anyone who has written a book.
Catherine Chapman
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dylan Hearn
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are thinking about self-publishing, I recommend you buy Let’s Get Digital. If you have self-published your first book recently, I recommend you buy Let’s Get Digital. If you are an experienced self-publisher, I recommend you buy Let’s Get Digital.

In this newly revised book, Gaughran starts out with a description of the current publishing climate, giving strong reasons as to why writers should self-publish. It then moves on to the nuts and bolts of how to self-publish with clear
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiration for Potential Self-Publishers

A well-written and thoughtful self-published guide to self-publishing. David Gaughran is an advocate of online self-publishing who avoids the zealotry of the convert and pays due respect to other opinions, all the time being clear in his own belief that the world has changed and for the better. You don't have to agree with every point made to believe that we are only at the beginning of the transformation of the publishing industry.

"Let's Get Digital" is
Hana Jay Klokner
David Gaughran's Let's Get Digital is a great book for everyone who's just heard of the self-publishing business, yet doesn't know anything about it. The book includes short essays, first part starting with "news" on what's going on in the whole publishing industry. If you read news such as Huffington Post Books, you will most likely know everything from this section.

The second part takes a closer look on how you should self-publish your book: anything from editing, cover, reviews, etc. It
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always say the same thing when it comes to reading business books: if you only come out with one new idea, it was worth reading.

That was definitely the case here. David Gaughran's primer on self-publishing is not only well-written and entertaining; he presents a number of ideas that even experienced authors should consider when it comes to marketing, planning, and sales. I found out about a sales venue that is new to me ... and to which I've now been accepted.

The 30 first-person stories about
Prasenjeet Kumar
This is another excellent book on self-publishing written by David Gaughran, author of two historical adventures, “A Storm Hits Valparaiso” and “Mercenary” and a non-fiction book “Let’s Get Visible”.

What I really liked about David is his sincere and rather upbeat advice. He tells us not to worry about book sales too much and focus on larger issues. The best part of the book is that it has a long list of interviews of successful authors.

On the downside, I didn't find any new advice in this book
Heather Adkins
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written with the trademark wit and intelligence his blog readers have come to expect, David Gaughran has crafted a winner with "Let's Get Digital". It is a one-stop shop for everything a writer reads to know before pursuing the self-publishing path, from how to format, promote, and better one's work. I particularly enjoyed the 33 testimonials in part 3, showing it IS possible to make it as an indie. Gaughran is an eloquent writer who obviously put a lot of time and effort into making this book ...more
Kate M. Colby
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie-publishing
The three part structure of this book is fantastic. Although I had already self-published, the "why" section held a lot of great industry insights. The "how" section should be something anyone who has researched this topic should already know, but I appreciated Gaughran's perspective on marketing (and look forward to more in Let's Get Visible). The anecdotes were inspirational, though I would have liked a bit more information on the specific strategies the authors used to gain success. Last, the ...more
Jade C. Jamison
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consider myself an indie pubbing expert, considering I have taught myself all of my self-publishing knowledge, mostly through trial-and-error but some through reading what others have done. In this new age of KU and declining sales, I found Gaughran's book to be informative and full of ideas I had never tried but will now. I fully recommend this book to indie authors, both new and old!
Sharon Hughson
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I totally wanted to self-publish a book by the time I finished reading this. In fact, I felt certain I knew exactly how to publish one and that I could convince people to buy it.
If you are considering self-publishing, read this book. There is so much useful information here. I know I will reference it again and again and again once I have a manuscript ready for digital publishing.
Nikki Jefford
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm always hesitant to read another book about self-publishing, but "Let's Get Digital" was definitely worthwhile.

I learned new things about the publishing industry, have now accepted piracy is not worth worrying over, had several beliefs re-affirmed, and feel more confident about what I'm doing.

I gleaned three new marketing strategies out of this book and that makes me happy.
J.C. Hart
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book for people who are just getting started in the self publishing world. I'd learned a lot of this from following the authors blog for several years now, so could skip through, but if you want a good rundown of the state of things, then this is a great book to pick up.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An all-encompassing How To and Go To Guide for self-pubbers. Sound advice given by an indie enthusiast who consults through trial and error. We have to be grateful Gaughran has laid the groundwork for newbies and established writers.
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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
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