Monday, July 15, 2013

Smashwords Romance Authors Promoted at RWA Atlanta


Attendees of the Romance Writers of America national convention in Atlanta this week will discover a special treat in their registration goodie bags.

Inside each bag will be a four gigabyte Smashwords USB thumb drive containing 118 free romance ebooks, including titles from many of the world's most popular romance authors.  They're all Smashwords authors.  The books are provided in both .epub and Kindle formats.

Also on the drive are digital handouts for nearly 50 RWA workshops and sessions, as well as a Smashwords ebook publishing kit containing copies of  The Smashwords Style Guide, The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, and The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success.

We're really excited about the drive and trust it'll give our authors some great exposure within the romance community.
 
I'd like to thank RWA for their incredible support.  Special thanks also to the 100+ Smashwords authors participating in this promotion.  Each author personally selected the title they wanted to share with the 2,000+ attending authors, publishers, agents, media, bloggers and other industry professionals. I'd also like to give a shout out to Angela, Jim, Aaron, Henry, Bill and Raylene on the Smashwords team for their work in pulling together this fun project.

If you're attending RWA, I'll be in two sessions.  The first is a 90-minute PAN (Published Authors Network) panel on Thursday at 10:30am titled, Self-Publishing for Professional Authors.  Also on the panel will be Julia Coblentz from Barnes and Noble, Jon Fine from Amazon, and Mark Lefebvre from Kobo.   

The second session takes place on Saturday at 11am in room A703, where I'll present a one-hour workshop titled, Focus on Smashwords.  Stop by and say hi!

Here's a summary of all the great books included on the drive, alpha-sorted by the author's first name.
Congrats to these fine authors for participating in this promotion, and thanks for publishing and distributing with Smashwords!  

If you're not yet publishing and distributing with Smashwords, click here to get started.  At Smashwords, we make it fast, free and easy to publish an ebook!

14 comments:

Patrick Dacre said...

Just confirms notion that SW is leading the industry in five categories of ebooks. IF your bookchild is not among those five categories, there may be other means of getting Your ebook discovered.

Tori Scott said...

Wish I'd known about it. Would have loved to take part in the promo.

Sandra Almazan said...

Are there plans to do this with other genres at other conventions? Science fiction and fantasy would make a great fit for WorldCon (LoneStarCon 3) or World Fantasy.

ChulaSlim said...

Very well thought out promotion and quite innovative(as one would expect from Smashwords.) More of this please.

Tracy Falbe said...

Thank you so much Mark and the Smashwords team for including my novel Union of Renegades on your thumb drive promotion. This is the most romantic of my epic fantasies. It begins the love story between Dreibrand the ambitious military officer and Miranda an escaped slave. They'll become a power couple that rule a vast kingdom but only after grim struggle and terrible sacrifice.

tarasimone.com said...

Mark & everyone at Smashword, this is so incredible of you to put together and I am looking forward to picking up my registration bag.

Tara Simone

Liz Fielding said...

Absolutely thrilled to be part of this wonderfully innovative promo. Thanks, Mark!

Kris Pearson said...

Greetings from the lone Kiwi on the list. Very proud to be there with The Boat Builder's Bed. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

DonOmite said...

I'm just wondering where my payment is for the last quarter? I remember when there would be a notice as to when we would get our money but now it is like a big black hole. Maybe putting a notice up saying "royalty payments will be made on ..... "

Mark Coker said...

Don, to view payment schedules, please click to our FAQ and see our GETTING PAID: Earnings and Payment Schedules section. Payments are on schedule, as always. If you have further questions, click "Comments/questions" to reach our support team.

Cynthia Wicklund said...

Smashwords helped me realize my dream to be a published writer. I am honored to be part of the RWA promotion.

Greg Strandberg said...

I agree with Sandra on wanting more genres. Hopefully, Mark, you can work out some spots at other conventions. Fantasy would be great!

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