Book Review: Let’s Get Digital

digital2Let’s Get Digital: How to Self-Publish, and Why You Should: Updated Second Edition by David Gaughran

On Goodreads, I tend to keep the reviews for the books I love brief. The review for this book simply said: “A great resource for new indie authors!” Granted, I was standing in line to board a plane when I wrote that, but I could’ve given more than seven words for this impressive tome!

The thing with self-publishing guides sometimes is it gets to be overwhelming with everything that is involved and everything you could be doing and finding what works for you and what doesn’t. It’s hard to wade through all of that without books and sales numbers of your own to play with.

Let’s Get Digital simplifies that. There were only a few moments that I felt like I was in over my head, but for the most part, Gaughran broke down each step and explained each step into bite-size chunks for newbies. That’s good. He even provided links back to his blog for more information.

I have only two complaints about this book:

  1. There were parts that he didn’t explain things that well and simply provided a link to his blog for more information. I didn’t like that. I wanted to know more right then. I didn’t want to save the link and read about it later. Either he wanted to drive traffic back to his site and his other books or he wanted to cut back the word count on this book to save on the cost of production. Either way, I think he should have included expanded explanations. But at least he provided the resources to obtain that information.
  2. He was a little anti-traditional publisher. I get it, it’s a self-publishing guide, but just because I chose to self-publish doesn’t mean that I will never traditionally publish. Nor do I damn the authors who choose to pursue traditional publishers over self-publishing. He wasn’t as bad as some people I’ve read, but it still kind of irked me.

What I Found Most Helpful: The interviews with successful indies in the third section were particularly inspiring. Especially the ones who stumbled into self-publishing. It proves that a good story is really all it takes. I also found his suggestion to submit your short stories to literary magazines prior to putting them on Amazon to maximize profitability a unique idea. I never thought of that, nor did I know where to look for short story markets.


The Full Moon

The Full Moon is available for preorder and will be released February 6, 2016.

Kathy and her sister, Samantha, have always been a team. Throughout their time as witches, they’ve taken out more than their share of bad guys. But after Kathy meets Will, who she learns is a demonic Dark Knight, her loyalties begin to change.

Meanwhile, Samantha doesn’t trust Will or his intentions. Still, Kathy can’t help but feel tempted by the dark side as she falls deeper in love with Will. Crossing over would give Kathy the freedom to do whatever she wanted with her magic. No rules. No limitations. It would also mean breaking the bond she has always shared with her sister, who has made it clear that she wants nothing to do with the dark side.

When Will proposes they take over the underworld, Kathy loves the idea of having power. But it also leaves her with a choice that will change her life: abandon her family and the life she has always known, or give up the love of her life forever.

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