Let’s Get Digital: First Day Results (Normal Service Resumed Tomorrow)

That was exciting, wasn’t it?

First of all, an apology. Sorry to anyone who ran into yesterday’s wall-to-wall promo for Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. We made an almighty noise.

Normal service will resume tomorrow with a superb guest post from indie author Moses Siregar III author of the fantasy novella Black God’s War (which you can grab for free).

I don’t want to give too much away, but Moses is one of the authors I originally wanted to include in Let’s Get Digital, (but it didn’t work out for a couple of reasons), and you will learn a lot about how to carefully and patiently build a platform, how to use “free” as a promotional tool, and why it’s important to take your time and publish your very best work.

I also want to give a huge thank you to the amazing work that all of you put in yesterday. The launch couldn’t have gone any better. There were blog posts, tweets, retweets, Facebook posts, forum posts – I couldn’t keep up with it all, it was truly phenomenal.

What was the result?

Let’s Get Digital peaked at #1637 in the overall Kindle Store (with similar numbers in the UK), and was the #1 Writing Book. It’s slipped back a touch now, but is still selling well. There were also hundreds of downloads of the free PDF, and significant sales on Smashwords.

I even sold a copy in Germany!

But most importantly, the word is out. I think if you were on the internet yesterday, you heard about this book. People are still blogging about it, tweeting it, telling people. Word is spreading fast.

I’ll have a full breakdown of figures at the end of the month – as usual – but I made back 20% of my costs in 24 hours (selling 90 copies across all channels, in one day). Stunning.

I have also had 13 reviews – all five stars, which is immensely gratifying. And, it gave a little boost to the sales of my short stories, which is great (proving once again that the greatest promotional tool any writer has is new work).

So, what’s next? Well, I will continue to add to the content you see in the top bar about formatting and covers and so on. I would like to add as much value as I can for readers of the book, and this blog.

We’ll have lots more guest posts and interviews here (I have some great ones lined up). I will continue to cover all of the developments in the publishing industry, and the great blogs out there parsing these dramatic changes.

And I will continue to alert you to new promotional tips, sales channels, review venues, and any other ways I come across of helping to get the word out about your books.

As for me, I’m getting back to writing fiction, and I can’t wait. I have an epic historical novel that is just screaming to be released. It will have to wait. It needs a little more work, and I really have to stretch the ending out (I had to chop a little too much to get it below 100k so an agent would even look at it).

That will be self-published, of course, along with a bunch more shorts. Once that is out (hopefully in a couple of months), I have three more novels outlined which I need to get started on, two historicals, one a little more contemporary but set in an exotic location.

And there is one story that I have always wanted to write, but I thought it would never  have a chance of being published (for a number of reasons). That’s no longer a factor in my decision-making process, so it might nose its way to the front.

That’s why I love self-publishing. I can write whatever I like. And publish it.

Once again, thank you for making yesterday a very special day for me. I am eternally grateful.

***

My superb editor, Karin Cox, is running a fantastic competition on her blog. The prize is your choice of a manuscript appraisal or a partial edit (worth $480). This is a fantastic opportunity to get a top editor to look at your work.

All the details are in her blog post, but you can enter multiple times, and entry runs until the end of August. Don’t miss out!

About davidgaughran

David Gaughran is a 34-year old Irish writer, living in London, who spends most of his time travelling the world, collecting stories. He is the author of the South American historical adventure "A Storm Hits Valparaiso" and the short stories "If You Go Into The Woods" and "Transfection" as well as the popular self-publishing guide "Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should."
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34 Responses to Let’s Get Digital: First Day Results (Normal Service Resumed Tomorrow)

  1. Glad to hear it all went so well. Just been through a four day black out here and missed everything. :-(

    Shall get some promo on MWi asap.

    Re: book length. These artificial constraints on creativity are one of the big reasons why writers should go digital. Even the agents that liked our novel baulked at the length (120k). Curiously once it hit the bestsellers lists the agents suddenly decided 120k was fine. They loved it so much they want to represent us after all.

    Really? Sorry, guys, you’ll have to write a better query letter than that! One of the true joys of e-publishing is sending out rejection letters to agents.

  2. Congrats, David! I haven’t finished yet, but I’ll get my reviews up ASAP so you’ll have just one more 5 star hanging out in internetland.

  3. “I even sold a copy in Germany!”

    That is a feat in and of itself!

    Congrats on the phenomenal launch. I haven’t written a review yet, but promise I will. Am definitely spreading the word!

  4. Johne Cook says:

    Sounds like a great day, David. Very exciting!

  5. Thanks, David. I’ve read through most of it, and I have found it very beneficial, for whatever that’s worth. Here’s my plug for you (the least I can do, since I downloaded the free PDF).

    I particularly appreciated your thoughts about Amazon’s surcharge on international readers, and it’s difficult to fathom why they would adopt this policy. It may have to do with the thinking that “If foreigners will pay high shipping rates for print, they can pay a surcharge for digital”, but it will just encourage piracy, unfortunately. Hopefully they get wise.

  6. Craig says:

    Excellent! I’m glad launch day went so well for you. But the real question is: how’s your head after that box of wine? ;)

  7. Elisabeth says:

    I bought a Kindle copy the other night (before the official launch) and I’m reading it now – it’s terrific. I’ve known for a while that I wanted to self-publish, but reading your blog and now this book has been a big help and encouragement in actually learning how. There’s tons of information out there, sometimes confusing or contradictory, but you’ve marshaled all the essentials and made them easy to understand.

  8. I grabbed a free download and it was worth every cent.

    Okay, you can’t do much with that. I’m heading of to Amazon later to give you a proper review but for now let me just say that the case studies is for me the kicker. It shows that self-publishing success is not a random pea shoot anymore with only a couple of huge cannons making any impact. Even normal people can do this.

    Now, if only I was a bit more normal.

  9. Katrina Parker Williams says:

    Congrats David. I am following your techniques and will implement as many as possible in my launch day event. Thanks again for sharing your ride with all of us. We wish you much success.

    Katrina

  10. I bought it on Amazon. I’m through Chapter 8. It’s a great read and I’m so impressed with writing and no errors (some of the self-pub work I’ve been reading could have used another edit round, but not your book!). I’m enjoying the up-to-date numbers about the industry which I’ve sort of gleaned, but didn’t really put together as you have done. Your writing style is refreshing and straight-forward. Nicely done!!!

  11. AuTOMonous says:

    Downloaded, read half of it, then bought it when I found my credit card. Thanks a million – 5 stars is really not enough. Best of luck in selling this masterpiece.

    I found my favorite parts – beside the easy to follow walk-through for oafish fools like this guy, with every path outlined in full – were the success stories and the philosophy behind self-publishing. I feel much more confident in pursuing self- and e-publishing than I did before reading! I expect to look back on this often during my own venturing into the crazy world of self-publishing.

  12. I read it yesterday in one sitting! It was a comprehensive and accessible analysis. So great job.

  13. Werner says:

    I’m a little behind the ball, but I finally complete my blog post about Let’s Get Digital:
    http://www.1000words-a-day.com/2011/07/22/lets-get-digital-a-review/

  14. saraflower says:

    Congrats, David, on a very successful launch of your new book!

  15. Lacy Camey says:

    I just purchased this! :) I’m excited about reading it. Congrats to you!

  16. Just finished Let’s Get Digital and I LOVED it. Have been tweeting away to share this great book with anyone who is thinking about self publishing – or who has already self published. And I LOVED reading the inspiring stories from the other authors. Did I mention that I LOVED the book? Great job, David. Seriously – I wish this book had been available six months ago. Before I published. :)

  17. Kip de Moll says:

    Thanks so m uch for putting out this concise and inspiring guide. I found it friday and assumed it was “old hat”, but jumped right in anyway and put it to good use. A collectionn of short stories is now at Amazon after years of rejections (wait a minute…that doesn’t sound right!).

    Most importantly, it’s exciting to see so much change that makes platforms readily available to so much talent. Thanks for being part of that change!

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