Mark Coker

Smashwords, Publishers Weekly team up for a new bestsellers list

By Susan Lulgjuraj
July 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

Digging through self-published e-books can be tedious, especially given the fact that thousands upon thousands have been published in just the last few years alone. Smashwords, however, has partnered with Publishers Weekly in attempt to make the task easier. PW has announced that it will be [...]

On English Majors and Education

By Joanna Cabot
June 24, 2013 // 1 Comment

Thanks to Mark Coker at Smashwords for first alerting me to this editorial in the New York Times, which has been making the social media rounds. The author, a former English major and now-teacher, laments that “the teaching of humanities has fallen on hard times.” She attributes this [...]

Long books, short titles sell best on Smashwords

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Studying data can turn up surprising information, but it’s important to get the best results in what you do. Smashwords CEO Mark Coker recently released the results from data that was mined during an 11-month period from May 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. This data studied trends of more than [...]

Has the public perception of self-publishing finally changed?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

Self-publishing a book can come with pre-conceived notions from readers, other writers and even publishers. People used to think self-publishing a book meant it wasn’t good enough to get picked up by traditional houses. However, the stigma of self-publishing is changing. Success stories have [...]

Morning Links: Mark Coker's 2013 Publishing Predictions

By Dan Eldridge
December 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Mark Coker’s 2013 Book Publishing Industry Predictions (Smashwords) B&N will give away free ebooks in stores, including Big Six titles (Paid Content) Top 100 Business, Leadership and Technology Twitter Accounts You Must Follow (Huffington Post) The Ray Kurzweil era begins at Google [...]

Beyond the Book podcast series covers uPublishU, a self-publishing event

By Dan Eldridge
August 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

If you’re not familiar with the Copyright Clearance Center’s fantastic Beyond the Book podcast series, which focuses primarily on the business of writing and publishing, this is the perfect time to check it out. Earlier this summer, BTB recorded an episode at uPublishU, which is [...]

Four Smashwords authors make the New York Times Bestseller List

By Dan Eldridge
August 1, 2012 // 3 Comments

“We knew this day was coming,” writes Smashwords founder Mark Coker, on his company’s blog.  “Self-published ebook authors are landing on the New York Times bestseller list in a big way.” As for myself,  I cancelled my subscription to the Sunday Times ages ago (too [...]

Q&A with Mark Coker

By Paul Biba
July 19, 2012 // 1 Comment

Indies Unlimited has a good Q&A with Mark Coker.  As usual he answers questions honestly.  Here’s one of them: 2. Smashwords has come a long way very quickly. How do you see your role in the indie author movement? It’s tough for me to evaluate our role in the movement. I’d like to [...]

Jonathan Maberry On The Convergence of Indie and Traditional Publishing

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
July 16, 2012 // 1 Comment

  JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries. Besides writing [...]

Forbes interviews Smashwords' Mark Coker – we get some dollar numbers

By Paul Biba
June 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

Don’t you always want to know how much money people make?  Well, in this Forbes interview Mark Coker gives us a bit of the inside story.  Lots of other interesting stuff too. The company has grown at a steady clip since. Now a top supplier of titles to the iBookstore, Smashwords reached [...]

Smashwords Delivers Faster Shipments to Apple and Kobo

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
June 5, 2012 // 1 Comment

  Until recently, Smashwords ‘shipped’ new book releases, new book updates and metadata updates to Smashwords retailers (Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Baker & Taylor, etc) on a once-weekly basis.  As promised in December, in the last couple weeks [...]

How Smashwords smashed PayPal’s erotica publishing restrictions

By Chris Meadows
April 20, 2012 // 4 Comments

Fast Company has an interview with Mark Coker of Smashwords in which he discusses the recent moves by PayPal to force removal from sale of certain categories of erotica, and how public pressure from writers, readers, the press, and others was able to make the company (and the credit card companies [...]

The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
March 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

I released a new ebook tonight, The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success. It’s priced at FREE. The book represents my attempt to distill, organize, package and share the best practices of the most commercially successful Smashwords authors. The book is organized around 28 different [...]

5 ebook publishing experts to watch

By Paul Biba
March 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

That’s the title of an article in eBooknewsrer.  Here’s the beginning: For some publishers, eBooks are a scary brave new world. To help these folks navigate the waters of the digital publishing revolution and learn by example, we’ve put together a list of some of the leaders in the [...]

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