‘How to Publish Ebooks’: The basics from Smashwords founder Mark Coker

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mark Coker of Smashwords has probably forgotten more about self-publishing than many people will ever know. But luckily for us, he has put everything he does remember about self-publishing into a series of four 90-minute presentations he gave at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference in Seattle. [...]

Smashwords adds “assetless” pre-orders

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Smashwords is changing the way it allows pre-orders on its site for authors. Previously, the entire manuscript needed to be uploaded in order to take advantage of pre-orders, but that is no longer the case. Smashwords founder Mark Coker announced on the company’s blog that preorders are going [...]

Smashwords shares year end report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mark Coker of Smashwords has shared a year end review that contains some interesting nuggets for the ebook author and ereader community, in among all the upbeat reporting on his firm’s continuing success. Though as it happens, one of the nuggets is the success of Smashwords – and what [...]

TIPM Publishing Service Index tracks fall of KDP, rise in CreateSpace, Smashwords

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Independent Publishing Magazine runs a regular Publishing Service Index to track the popularity and uptake of the various self-publishing support services and platforms available currently to self-published authors. Rather than tracking scammers like Author Solutions and its various offshoots, [...]

Are indie authors headed for doom and gloom?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
November 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

I recently posted a portion of Mark Coker’s keynote speech from the Self-Publishing Book Expo. The first half of the speech was about 10 trends in self-publishing, which sparked some interesting conversations. In the second half of the speech, Coker discussed ways authors can succeed, but he [...]

Smashwords’ Mark Coker deilvers keynote at Self-Publishing Book Expo

By Susan Lulgjuraj
November 24, 2014 // 7 Comments

Self-publishing isn’t going anywhere, and Smashwords’ Mark Coker recently took a look at how we got here. The Self-Publishing Book Expo was held in New York City recently with Coker giving the keynote address. Several trends have led to the explosion of self-publishing, and many of those [...]

New Smashwords Survey gives more tips, stats on self-publishing sales

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

As one more contribution to the author earnings and self-publishing debate, alongside the UK Society of Authors, the UK ALCS, and Hugh Howey’s AuthorEarnings, we have the 2014 Smashwords Survey from Mark Coker’s Smashwords. Available in full via Slideshare, the Survey examines [...]

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale starts now!

By Joanna Cabot
July 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Good news for both authors and readers: the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale starts now! From the author enrollment page: “Here in the Northern hemisphere, it’s mid-summer.  Readers everywhere are loading up their e-reading devices for summer beach reading and vacations. But what about [...]

Smashwords adds daily sales reports

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smashwords is giving more information to self-published authors. The publishing and distribution company announced daily sales reporting for iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive and the Smashwords store. It also includes daily and total order accumulation numbers for iBooks preorders. “The [...]

Full of dross or not, Smashwords still a boon to libraries

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 10 Comments

Funny how quick some people jump to conclusions. On Good e-Reader, Michael Kozlowski slams Smashwords’s new public library program to bring curated lists of its e-books to libraries inexpensively via OverDrive. Kozlowski feels that Smashwords is a slush pile, plain and simple, and it seeks to [...]

Konrath vs. Stross on the Amazon/Hachette affair

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2014 // 6 Comments

So, more people have chimed in on the Amazon/Hachette thing. Most notably, Charlie Stross has blogged about it. Given that he’s published by Orbit, a subsidiary of Hachette, it’s understandable that his point of view is rather similar to Lilith Saintcrow’s: Amazon is a “malignant [...]

Smashwords delivers titles quicker to the iBookstore

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smashwords has taken steps to improve delivery to Apple’s iBookstore, the company announced on Sunday. Published e-books have appeared as quickly as the same day when submitted through Smashwords’ distributions network recently. Previously, the items would take several days to show up in the [...]

Smashwords’ Mark Coker continues to champion with indie author manifesto

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 25, 2014 // 3 Comments

Yesterday’s roundup by Joanna had an interesting post from Smashwords’ Mark Coker. The site’s founder created an indie author manifesto, empowering and highlighting just how far the world of self-publishing has come. Certainly, the freedom of publishing has allowed many more to find their [...]

How do you solve a problem like Astounding?

By Chris Meadows
March 18, 2014 // 16 Comments

A few days ago, I recalled a short story, called Early Bird, by Theodore R. Cogswell and Theodore L. Thomas. I wanted to share that story with a couple of friends and co-writers on a shared Internet fiction setting that uses a number of the same tropes. So I went to see where I might find it. And [...]

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