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by dgaughran
July 6th, 2012, 8:12 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

The last two months have been my best to date, largely on the back of very strong paperback sales (they make up 25% of my income now). I've put together a post on why you should always do a print edition, whether you should use Expanded Distribution, and how to get your book into indie bookstores. M...
by dgaughran
July 2nd, 2012, 7:29 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

It’s official: the Authors Guild has lost the plot. In their (seemingly endless) quest to smear Amazon, they don’t care who they wheel out as an injured party. Spoiler alert: it’s PublishAmerica. Yep, you read that right. The Authors Guild Doesn’t Serve Writers http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/201...
by dgaughran
June 25th, 2012, 5:05 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Here's a heart-warming tale for a Monday: the story of George Berger. After two years of indie publishing, George was still struggling with making any sales whatsoever. Then he did something crazy. He wrote a story about a goat, released it, then queried Amazon. No-one expected what would happen nex...
by dgaughran
June 18th, 2012, 3:04 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

My first foreign language title has been released - the French version of Let's Get Digital. It was translated under a profit-sharing model, which I explain in today's post. The Profit-Sharing Translation Model – First Title Released http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/the-profit-sharing-t...
by dgaughran
May 15th, 2012, 9:30 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

The AAR recently called on "publishing professionals" to submit letters to the DOJ outlining their views about the proposed e-book price-fixing settlement. I decided to answer their call, but they may not like my letter. An Open Letter to the DOJ from Someone Who Actually Cares About Writers (and Re...
by dgaughran
April 26th, 2012, 1:20 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Was Self-Publishing The Right Decision?
Replies: 8
Views: 2317

Was Self-Publishing The Right Decision?

This post originally appeared on my blog, but I thought you guys might find it useful - Dave Was Self-Publishing The Right Decision? Sunday will mark a year since I first uploaded to Amazon. At the time, I was wrestling with a question that many writers are still dealing with today: should I self-p...
by dgaughran
April 23rd, 2012, 1:15 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Competitions, blog reviews, giveaways, guest blogs, interviews, presence on reader forums etc., are all fine, but if you want to move beyond what is essentially hand-selling your work, you need to gain visibility on Amazon, and let them do the hard work of selling your book for you - while you spend...
by dgaughran
April 19th, 2012, 9:29 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I have an article in the Huffington Post today:

Writers, James Bond, and the Perils of Product Placement

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/1 ... ?ref=books
by dgaughran
April 16th, 2012, 11:59 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Since the Department of Justice filed their antitrust suit, there has been a lot of hysterical claims of conspiracy, that the DoJ is working on Amazon's behalf. Other defences of Agency have claimed that it was necessary to foster competition. Don’t Be Fooled: Big Publishing Hates Competition http:/...
by dgaughran
April 12th, 2012, 12:46 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Yesterday's news that the Department of Justice has filed its antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five of the largest publishers (Macmillan, Penguin, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster) caused shockwaves in the publishing industry. Today, I break down the main points of the DoJ's complain...
by dgaughran
April 11th, 2012, 1:17 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

The Amazon stories seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment. Salon posted an article on Sunday written by Alexander Zaitchik called Amazon’s $1 million secret which contained the sensational allegation that Amazon donates $1 million to various literary and non-profit groups. The anti-Amazon ca...
by dgaughran
April 9th, 2012, 11:38 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Jodi Picoult made waves last week when she told writers "DO NOT SELF PUBLISH." Thankfully, she explained her reasoning (and stopped shouting) in an interview with the Huffington Post. However, her logic is flawed, based on two widespread myths about self-publishing and online bookselling. Jodi Picou...
by dgaughran
April 3rd, 2012, 10:03 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I posted my March sales report. It was record month in terms of sales and revenue, which is great. For those averse to number wrangling, I have the usual alternative reading. This time a real gem: a first-hand account of working with the brilliant, mercurial Stanley Kubrick. For everyone else, I hav...
by dgaughran
March 30th, 2012, 10:01 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: CREATE SPACE---are you using it? Did you switch from LS?
Replies: 2
Views: 815

Re: CREATE SPACE---are you using it? Did you switch from LS?

Well, I'm actually going the other way. Or at least, I'm keeping my CreateSpace edition and will also be publishing through Lightning Source. The main reason for that is the shipping costs to Europe. Lightning Source will print in the UK, which will save me a good deal, and I'll use that to fulfill ...
by dgaughran
March 26th, 2012, 3:07 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 291627

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

"A Storm Hits Valparaiso" is the featured book on the Historical Fiction Authors' Cooperative this week, where I posted about the story behind the book - a five year investigation into the greatest mystery in South American history.

http://historicalfictionauthors.net/?p=5356