Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Book Review: Let's Get Digital by David Gaughran
With the voice of experience, Mr. Gaughran shares his many insights of the world of publishing, and in particular self-publishing. With the advent of e-books, many writers and would-be writers have found themselves faced with the opportunity to finally put out that book they’d been thinking about for years. Yet, they quickly find that the most daunting task, is not writing the book itself, but how to get it out to the public. Should they go the tradition route of finding an agent, and then a publisher? Can they deal with the countless rejections or avoid the scams that promise seeing their work in print, for a ‘nominal’ fee of course.
Mr. Gaughran provides the reader with enough food for thought that would make a seven course meal look like an appetizer. But he never gets preachy. Instead he simply supplies the reader with tools and knowledge to navigate the world of Indie Publishing. He provides solid advice about the importance of editing, proofreading, beta-reading, and revisions, before leading the reader down that final stretch of formatting your book for electronic and actual print.
Even more importantly, he gives some sound advice on marketing and building an audience and how to get reviews and deal with criticism. Writing is not an easy road to take, but Mr. Gaughran does his very best to provide the reader with as many tools and knowledge to help them navigate this journey from start to finish.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to try their hand at the art of telling stories via the written or e-written word.