My Smashwords Experience..

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It took me time to write out my experience, and a few ebooks to get from the actual website is: The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide and The Smashwords Style Guide they are both free, but they tell you the basics of ebook publishing with their website.

Here is my experience:

My Smashwords Experience
After tons of research on e-publishing I decided to use Smahwords as my ebook distributor. It was not an easy task.

I had to spend days  getting everything right. That means creating the story. Editing, and finding an editor to make my work shine. I had to find someone to help me create a good ebook cover. Thankfully I have my friend Eyvonne who is a very talented artist. She made the cover.

After everything was said and done I had to upload the cover as a .jpeg file, and the text of the story as a word .doc. I had to wait as it was converted to all the different formats. Then it kept having issues with the document, and it took me 4 times to correct it. After it was done it was published, and I had yet to get it into the premium catalogue there.

The premium catalogue:
Here is a quote on what the premium catalogue is from the Smashwords website: “Premium Catalog (Reaches Major Retailers): Once your book is accepted into the Premium Catalog, we automatically distribute it to major online retailers such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Borders Australia and Angus & Robertson Australia (both powered by Kobo), Whitcoulls (New Zealand, powered by Kobo), the Diesel eBook Store and other distribution outlets coming soon. On May 4, 2011, we announced a distribution agreement with ScrollMotion which will make all Premium Catalog titles available as single-book apps for sale in the major mobile app marketplaces (click here to see announcement) including Apple, Android, Windows Phone 7 and HP’s WebOS.”

I made all the changes to my stuff, and I have yet to make it in. After that was done I uploaded my short story ebook to the kindle  website, and filled out the information to sell it there.  After all that was done it was time to market it. I have yet to figure out how to properly do it since I just started. That is my experience, and it thrills me to not end to announce to my friends that I am a published author. I am also happy to see my book at different places.
I hope you found it helpful, and I am just starting out with it. I hope we talk again.
Until next time,

4 responses to “My Smashwords Experience..”

  1. Marketing is the big mystery. Word of mouth is what sells books, but you can't get word of mouth unless people find and read your book. Also it takes time for people to read. Don't feel bad when 2-4 weeks go by and no one has said anything about it. It took me almost two months before I got my first review.Keep writing and keep at it even if sales seem slow and no one is buying your work. Build that library up and around the 5-7 book mark is when things seem to take off for people.

  2. Thank you that was good advice, and I have more books that I plan on publishing. I will keep writing, and I will not give up because this is the career I want.

  3. I'm working on an e-book right now of a novelette length and I'm going to include four character portraits that I did myself. I was thinking of putting it on smashwords though there are various other sites that sell e-books.How is it to have your work on smashwords? Would you prefer to have put it on a different site?Just some questions as I'm researching what site best to publish my e-book on. And where abouts is the link to your book on smashwords? I'd love to check it out. 🙂

  4. I picked Smashwords because the ebooks can be converted to multiple formats with them. They can distribute the ebooks over to different markets. I did not want to do any other site either. Here is the link to my book:

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