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The Smashwords Submissions Process AKA What Fresh Hell Is This?


I have very much admired  Smashwords‘ indie spirit from afar, but until now, I never ventured into the Smashwords arena because I had no need. Now I have, as we have chosen Smashwords to extend distribution for our authors’ books after KDP Select winds down for each book at our imprint Kwill Books. After many hours of hell, I think ... Read More »

Smashwords Announces Distribution Agreement with Gardners Books

Gardners Books

Smashwords is expanding its global marketing reach in a partnership with the UK’s Gardners Books. From the Smashwords blog: On October 22 Smashwords will begin delivering 230,000 ebooks sourced from the over 100,000 indie authors and small independent presses to 400 ebook stores powered by Gardners operating in 32 countries and serving customers in 138 countries; 2,000 public libraries in ... Read More »

Smashwords Releases 2014 Indie Author Survey

Smashwords 2014 Indie Author Survey

Via the Smashwords blog comes the 2014 Indie Author Survey. Some key findings: Readers prefer longer ebooks – We observed this in the prior surveys.  Longer books sell better, and when you view the data through the prism of the power curve, it becomes clear why longer books give authors such a huge sales advantage. Pricing – The highest earning ... Read More »

Smashwords Adds Daily Reporting for Book Sales


One of the more cumbersome interfaces on Smashwords is its reporting of book sales. Unlike KDP, which has a very obvious interface, it’s possible to miss Smashwords reporting page entirely. Given that it has been updated intermittently, it wasn’t always necessary to access the page even if you know it was there. Smashwords has now solved that. Via the Smashwords ... Read More »

Apple’s iOS 8 Will Come Pre-Loaded with eBooks


Via Smashwords, which calls this a “Game Changer for eBook Retailing,” Apple’s new mobile operating system is going to come pre-loaded with the iBooks store app. What this means is that people who maybe weren’t so ebook friendly are going to have ebooks as part of the billion iPhones and iPads currently floating around. Buried in a slide during the ... Read More »

The Indie Author Manifesto

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Courtesy of Mark Coker and Smashwords comes these by-laws: I hold these truths to be self-evident: I am an indie author I have experienced the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from self-publishing I have a right to publish My creative control is important to me. I decide when, where and how my writing graduates to become a published book. Indie ... Read More »

Smashwords Courts Libraries

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Mark Coker, founder and CEO of Smashwords, is courting libraries. In a March 23 post on the Smashwords blog, Coker describes his campaign to convince libraries to offer self-publishing programs to their patrons, with, of course, the help of Smashwords. According to the blog post: Libraries are uniquely qualified to orchestrate community resources and talent to help local writers become ... Read More »

eBook Marketing: Is Buying a Great Book Review Your Cup of Tea?


With the huge controversy brewing in the Book Publishing Industry over book reviews and how they’re obtained and used, I thought I would jump in on this. We have exposed a problem in the trust of one of the decision points buyers have. Is the ebook as good as the review says it is? How much do readers/buyers rely on ... Read More »