When I posted a few weeks ago about self-publishing, Caroline left a link to David Gaughran’s blog concerning a statement made by Jodi Picoult. During an interview she said that writers should not self-publish. In his post, Gaughran eloquently countered Picoult’s statement. I enjoyed his writing style and information so I signed up to follow his blog. Last week I saw that he was offering his Let’s Get Digital e-book for free on Amazon. Since I live in the UK I couldn’t get the book for free since it was only free from Amazon US. But he wrote in his posting that if this was the case, readers should email him and he would send it via email. I emailed him and requested a copy and he was kind enough to respond promptly and attached his e-book. His kindness is much appreciated.
This is the first book I’ve read concerning self-publishing. Gaughran’s writing is easy to understand and entertaining. I wasn’t expecting it to be funny since I thought it would be just a how-to guide that presented the facts in a cut-and-dry manner. What I appreciated the most was his attitude about self-publishing. He doesn’t repeatedly state that “it’s my way or the highway.” His goal isn’t to tell you that you are an idiot if you don’t self-publish. He knows that self-publishing is an option to hopefully open more doors. And if one of those doors is to an agent or traditional publisher fantastic. And if readers are there and enjoy your work, that’s super great. Isn’t that why writers write? So readers will read their stories. He is open to all avenues and that is refreshing for me since I am new to this game and I don’t want someone yelling at me to “do it this way or fail!”
Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should discusses the ins and outs of self-publishing including, formatting and uploading your book, pricing, blogging, websites, social networking, reviews, and more. My two big takeaway points from his book is that a book cover and editing are two aspects a self-published author should not skimp on or bypass completely. And a lot of the comments I received on my original posting reinforced his points. Gaughran emphasizes that not only can an editor enhance your current work but that it is a great way to learn and to hone your writing. When I first started thinking about self-publishing I was worried that I would miss out on the editing process. Now I am learning I can hire freelance editors if I take this path. Seems silly, but that didn’t occur to me. And let’s face it folks, no matter how many times we tell ourselves not to judge a book by its cover, we still do. At least I know I do.
His book is a positive take on self-publishing. He challenges the reader to consider long-term goals, not just short-term. The book also includes 33 testimonials from self-published authors who have had success. Reading about their experiences was enlightening and encouraging. Also I sensed that the self-published community was extremely supportive of each other, which appeals to me. One of the reasons why I enjoy blogging is the supportive blogging community.
Let’s Get Digital has given me much to ponder as I explore which path I want to take.
Even if you are not considering self-publishing, this book is a useful read if you would like to learn more about past and present publishing trends. He is easy to understand and I am considering buying his first novel, A Storm Hits Valparaiso. If he can amuse me with a how-to book I imagine that his fiction would be even more entertaining. And I love historical fiction so that is a definite plus for me.
If you are interested in acquiring Let’s Get Digital for free please check it out. At the time of writing this post it was still free. However, please ensure that the price is $0.00 before clicking. If there is a charge for the e-book, the PDF version is available for free on his blog. Please click on this page and scroll down for the link.
Has anyone else read this work or other books like it? And thank you Caroline for leading me to David’s blog. Your kindness and support is also appreciated.