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by dgaughran
January 16th, 2012, 10:39 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Last week, I had a guest post from Marilyn Peake, who explained how KDP Select is helping her achieve new levels of success after ten years in publishing. I wanted to have a couple of opposing voices here to balance out my opposition to the program because (a) my antipathy towards KDP Select is base...
by dgaughran
January 12th, 2012, 12:43 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

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Lots of talk about KDP Select. One self-publisher shares her experiences, and her talks about her ten-year publishing career.

Time Traveling Through the Past Decade of Publishing

http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2012 ... ublishing/
by dgaughran
January 11th, 2012, 12:48 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

My latest column for IndieReader.com is up: As self-publishing becomes more lucrative, it attracts more questionable services seeking to make money from self-publishers. We need to do newer writers a favor and help warn them away from self-publishing services which do little for these writers other ...
by dgaughran
January 9th, 2012, 11:26 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.
Replies: 66
Views: 14267

Re: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.

Hi Betsy, I sell the short stories for 99c. The blue one in my siggy is about 6,000 words. The black and white one is about 4,000 words. That one is actually two 2,000 word stories bundled together, because I felt 99c was a bit steep for something that short. As for marketing, I could write a book o...
by dgaughran
January 9th, 2012, 11:21 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Kids these days, eh? Always wandering around with their noses in their iPhones, up to no good. Well, maybe not. Because lots of them are using an app called Wattpad which might just be the biggest revolution in reading you’ve never heard of. What's Up With Wattpad? http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com...
by dgaughran
January 8th, 2012, 10:12 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Today I guest post on the excellent "Unusual Historicals" blog where I, well, interview myself.

Unusual Historicals: http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com/ ... -hits.html
by dgaughran
January 3rd, 2012, 1:16 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

December Sales Report! I have graphs! I have pie charts! I have sales which are almost exactly the same as last month! Oh, and free treats, secret plans to take over the world, and some mildly encouraging news for everyone! December Report: Sales Steady, Revenue Up http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com...
by dgaughran
December 29th, 2011, 11:24 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

This has been a year of massive changes. Some of the older hands say that the business has always been this way. However, I don’t think we are simply seeing another year of flux. Instead, we are witnessing a process unfold which will revolutionize publishing forever (or at the very least, the forese...
by dgaughran
December 27th, 2011, 9:19 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I finally released the historical novel I've been working on for five and-a-half years. It's called "A Storm Hits Valparaiso" and it's set during Argentina's War of Independence from the Spanish Empire. Details here: A Storm Hits Valparaíso – Released Today! http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2011/1...
by dgaughran
December 19th, 2011, 1:18 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Thailand might not seem like the most obvious place to start a historical novel set in early 1800s Argentina, but it made a lot of sense in 2006. Fast forward to 2011, and "A Storm Hits Valparaíso" is finished. A journey that has encompassed innumerable drafts, five-and-a-half years of my life, and ...
by dgaughran
December 14th, 2011, 2:25 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Large publishers have been speaking with unusual candor, admitting to slowing the growth of e-books to protect print sales. The latest AAP figures (again) show that new digital revenue is not replacing lost print sales. The worrying thing for large publishers is that they are not just losing control...
by dgaughran
December 11th, 2011, 2:07 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

There has been a lot of discussion on the pros and cons of KDP Select. Most writers have either made their mind up already or have decided to wait and see how others get on. This post is not about that. It's about how subscription models (like KDP Select) are going to play a big part in the future, ...
by dgaughran
December 6th, 2011, 1:32 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.
Replies: 66
Views: 14267

Re: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.

For anyone still keeping track, November was a great month. 278 books sold, $565 in revenue. Plus I raised $2,300 in crowdfunding (through taking advance orders for my December release). Full deets here: http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/november-report-rising-tides-higher-prices-a-lucky...
by dgaughran
December 2nd, 2011, 9:46 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

November is a curious month, filled with strange American inventions like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday (also known as National Buy-Yourself-A-Present Day). It's also traditionally (as in since last year) when e-book sales pick up. Mine certainly did (after two down months), but there...
by dgaughran
December 1st, 2011, 10:49 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328366

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Amazon opened Kindle Stores in Spain and Italy this morning, to add to the existing stores in the US, the UK, Germany, and France. The basic Kindle model is on sale in both countries for 99 Euro – the price difference with the US arising from 15% VAT (EU sales tax), and the lack of a subsidized, ad-...