David Gaughran, the author of such seminal self-publishing works as Let’s Get Digital, joins Diane and Hannah to talk about the self-publishing author’s journey, why he’s still bullish on the current market, and what sorts of things newbie authors need to avoid. (Hint: if you do a web search on “how do I get an agent” or “how do I get a publisher”…you probably don’t want to work with any of the results that come up.)
David’s author page at Amazon.
His most famous book about self-publishing is Let’s Get Digital, now in its second edition.
He’s also written Let’s Get Visible, about publicizing your magnum opus.
Other books and media mentioned:
- Catherine Ryan Howard: an author of novels and non-fiction, Howard also published one of the best known guides to self-publishing, Self Printed.
- “The Sharks Are Circling,” David’s essay from a few years back about the people and services who were moving into the indie pub space.
- Ed Robertson: An incredibly successful indie science fiction author.
- Penguin bought Author Solutions for $116m in 2012.
- Crap Plus One: a fantastic essay by screenwriter Terry Rossio (all of his essays at Wordplayer are fantastic) about the dangers of saying “Crap is good enough.”
- Bookbub: a mailing list for books in various genres, and one of the most effective sites for writers to advertise on.