Start Here!

Welcome to Let’s Get Digital! Here you’ll find tons of info on how to publish your work, build an audience, reach readers, and make money.

  • If you want to dive straight into the blog, the homepage is here.
  • If you are a reader looking for my author site, that’s here.
  • If you are a writer, I’d like to highlight some books, posts, and resources you might be interested in.


Digital2I have two books aimed at writers. Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should is aimed at authors who are learning the self-publishing ropes, haven’t got their sales going yet, are unsure whether to self-publish, or those that want to learn more about the digital disruption that’s reshaping our industry. You can read more about it here.

visibleLARGELet’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books is for more advanced self-publishers who want to take their sales to the next level. The marketing strategies outlined in this book work best if you have several titles out, but if you have a good handle on the basics you can dive into this right away, start learning how the Amazon algorithms work, and the strategies we use to boost sales. And you can read more about that here.


But there’s lots of free content here on the blog you should check out. Here are some highlights:


There’s also a lot of nonsense in this business which I spend time countering. I take on the meme that cheap books are somehow dangerous here, the idea that publishers want more competition in the industry here, their crazy approach towards piracy here, and the pervasive media bias on anything related to Amazon, which contrasts completely with the pass publishers get for the awful things they are actually doing.

Guests & Interviews

I also host regular guest posts which turn up some fascinating ideas and strategies:

  1. Here’s Nick Stephenson on how to build a killer mailing list.
  2. This is Joanna Penn on being an author entrepreneur.
  3. Two of the most popular guest posts I’ve had were from Krista Ball talking about her writers’ guides What Kings Ate & Wizards Drank and Hustlers, Harlots & Heroes.
  4. Finally, I’ve also interviewed bestselling authors like Michael Wallace and David Dalglish.



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  2. johnsefton says:

    Hello. I am very interested in the idea of selling e books on line,however i don`t know how to get started .I am sure that the answer is somewhere in these pages,but i have difficulty in focusing in on the right area.The problem is not with my enthusiasm but with my focus.Unfortunately this stems from a lack of education during my school years, for example, i was regarded as being a slow learner,or to be more to the point,the dunce at the back of the class room as things went in those days.The thing is you see,as time has past and i am much older i have taken a lot more interest in things of an academic nature.I would be very grateful for your advice,thank you,
    John Sefton.


  3. Idelle says:

    In your opinion, are there any self-publishing companies that are honest and trustworthy? I am now looking for a company to publish my fiction manuscript and am very wary about which one to choose.


    • Hi Idelle, sorry for not spotting this question (from nearly 9 months ago!), but I’ll answer it in case anyone else is wondering the same thing.

      The short answer is: none of them. You shouldn’t use any of these third-party self-publishing platforms/services. At best, you will be publishing in a sub-optimal way. If you are lucky. More likely you will get scammed as the sector is rife with scammers and there is very little oversight. Instead I recommend going direct to the four major retailers (Amazon, Apple, B&N, Kobo) and that will cover virtually all of the market for you. That’s it.

      More info here:


  4. Corinne Sweetin says:

    WOW! I stumbled across a link for “Let’s Get Digital” yesterday morning and I’ve been devouring it since.

    Like many, I’ve been creating my historical fiction novel for decades, painstakingly researching details and using coveted free time to rework plots and characters.

    Never once have I given credence to the elaborate adventure stories I’ve created for my kids, feeling that they somehow detracted from my “real” book.

    Curiously, while reading Let’s Get Digital yesterday, the name “Imogen” kept running through my head. I’d never seen the name written out before and briefly puzzled over how one would even spell it, feeling it out to see if it could be a name for a future character, etc.

    Imagine my surprise when I continued reading Part III this morning and saw the blurb from Imogen Rose describing her success at e-publishing the stories she’d originally written for her daughter!

    I couldn’t have asked for a clearer omen, truly. It’s as if a whole new world has unfolded before me.

    Your step-by-step instructions are so thorough, you answered questions I didn’t even realize I had! You also explain the inner-workings of the print publishing world beautifully, and provide oodles and oodles of references and links for the intimidated newbie.

    I honestly can’t thank you enough for my new lease on life!!! I will be sure to share my e-book sales numbers with you so you can include MY success story in Let’s Get Digital 3!



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  6. Ms. Bobbi Cobani says:

    Hi David,
    I’ve completed my book, which is a true story about a police shooting and the justice system in Australia. I kind of feel caught between a rock and a hard place with it. I’ve approached some literary agents and publishers, and they say it’s not my writing that is the problem, it’s the subject matter. I would have self published many months ago, but a lawyer advised me to go the traditional route of going through a publisher. Failing that, I was advised to get a lawyer to look over the manuscript, in case I’ve written something I can be sued for. Unfortunately, lawyers charge about $400 an hour. That, sadly, is the kind of money I don’t have. There are quite a few other publishers I could approach, but the continual rejection is getting discouraging.
    Regards, Bobbi


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