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,
Wolfdreamer25
 
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My First Ebook..

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My First Ebook:
I am happy to say that I am now a published author. I self-published through Smashwords, and made the ebook $1.99. It is an amazing feeling knowing my work is out there. The hard part is going to be marketing because I have no idea how to go about doing it. I am glad that I achieved my goal of publishing before I started school.
I still have four more to go until I tackle the bigger projects. I am working on the short story ebooks, and the poem ones. I hope to be done with all of them by the end of the fall semester. After that I am knocking out the novel to the second book in The Killer Contract Agency series.
Until next time,
Wolfdreamer25

Self-publishing ebooks..

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Self-publishing Ebooks:
These past few weeks I have been gearing up to self-publish my first ebook with Smashwords, and I have at least four more to go for now. I doubt I need an agent for short stories or poems. I am going to query an agent for my first novel though, and I want to go the traditional way for my first novel.
I have learned a lot by creating my first ebook, and it is a short story about a girl named Salina who gets bullied to the point where she gets hired by The Killer Contract Agency. It is a fun story, and she goes after 13 people. I had to type it by myself. The idea of it was not hard because I created the story in high school. I had to type it, and my aunt edited it since she has experience editing. I got my friend to create the cover, and I am waiting to get it.
  
Creating an ebook is a lot of work. There is the idea you want to do. The typing and editing that is involved after that, and creating a good book cover, and putting it on the site. It will be on Smashwords for $0.99. I will do a separate post on marketing as soon as the book is up.
Until Next Time,
Wolfdreamer25