David Gaughran, Sean Platt, and Johnny B. Truant


There are so many interesting books out there with ideas and information on writing, on self-publishing, and on marketing, it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time. Here are three you might consider.

The first is David Gaughran’s Let’s Get Digital. If you are new to the idea of self-publishing an eBook, this is the one you should start with. Gaughran gives you all the scoop on why eBooks are such a good option for new writers (or any writer, really), and plenty of tips on how to go about it. I don’t know when the book was last updated, so there could be a few things that have been changed since it was originally written, but by and large, it is a book that will help you understand why eBooks are dominating the market right now, and why the trend is likely to continue a very long time.

Let’s Get Digital

My second choice is also by David Gaughran. Let’s Get Visible is for those of us who have taken the digital self-marketing plunge. We have a book or books out there, but are having trouble figuring out a good way to market them. One of the things I liked about this book is the way Gaughran explains the way Amazon’s algorithms grow and change, and how that should guide your marketing strategies.

Let’s Get Visible

And my newest discovery, Write. Publish. Repeat,  is a book even David Gaughran praises to the skies as the best book on self-publishing out there. I’m only one third of the way through it, but I’m already learning new concepts from Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant, who share their own wildly successful methods for becoming self-supporting writers of eBooks. This one could really make a different in how I proceed with my marketing strategy in the months ahead.

Write. Publish. Repeat.

What books or blogs have you discovered on self-publishing and self-marketing you really learned a lot from? We’d love it if you’d share with us. Thanks!

6 thoughts on “David Gaughran, Sean Platt, and Johnny B. Truant

  1. Can’t recommend David Gaughran’s books highly enough, also his blog for keeping up with the latest in the publishing world.
    I just got a copy of one that looks like it will be very worth the effort, although I haven’t yet had the time to implement the strategies: ‘Supercharge Your Kindle Sales’ by Nick Stephenson. He has had some incredible (provable) results, and I aim to follow his instructions just as soon as I can find the time!

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    • I agree on Gaughran, Deborah. He’s the one who made me believe I could do it, and I have learned a ton from both of his books. I highly recommend Write.Publish.Repeat. too. It’s very interesting approach to marketing that I think would work really well for many, many writers. I’m not in the same place in my “career” as these guys, so I can’t use all their tips, but I can definitely adapt some.

      And thanks for recommending Supercharge Your Kindle Sales. Looking that one up in a minute. Great to see you here tonight. Thanks for stopping by.

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    • Thanks for the input, Aimee. I have King’s On Writing, but not Save the Cat. Taking notes.

      I know there is a LOT of info on Kboards, but I have to say that every time I’ve tried to find out anything there, I was lost in minutes. To me, it isn’t very user-friendly, and can be intimidating, which is one of the reasons I wanted to start this board. I find a LOT of sites that are that way, and I just wanted an easier method of dispensing help. This doesn’t mean I don’t see the value of kboards. I do, and for those who can navigate there and don’t feel overwhelmed, I definitely recommend it. In fact, I still try to look things up there now and then. But I find individual blogs easier to work with, for myself. Luckily, we can share all kinds of sites and books here, and folks can pick and choose the ones that work best for them.


  2. Completely agree about Let’s Get Digital. Can’t praise it enough.

    For keeping up with indie publishing, I love The Passive Voice. The Digital Reader is also great.


    Author Earnings publishes some really, really great data that I rely on heavily to make educated decisions. They just published a new report, actually, that focuses on the effects of Kindle Unlimited on sales and income.


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  3. Hi, Jen! So nice to see you here today. Seems everyone agrees on the value of David Gaughran’s books, and thank you so much for adding a couple of new links for us. I’m going to put a Resources link at the top of the page, and will be including all of these sites. I’ve got company this week, so may not be around much, but I’ll get it done soon. I’ve never visited either of your suggestions, so can’t wait to check them out. Hope things are coming along well on Ghost in the Canteen. I love your cover! Feel free to post any news here that you’d like to share. (I’m going to go check to be sure you’re set up for that.) Have a great day!


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