I'm thrilled with the growth we've experienced over the last couple years, and I'm even more thrilled at how we've helped these authors and publishers collectively reach hundreds of thousands of new readers.
Yet the hypercompetitive side of me realizes there are several million talented authors around the world who still haven't discovered Smashwords. With your help, we can reach them. We can dream, can't we?
As I've mentioned previously on this blog, each new Smashwords author brings new readers who then discover and enjoy other Smashwords authors and publishers. It's a virtuous flywheel where new authors and publishers bring new readers, new readers bring more authors and publishers, and so on. We want to reach these authors and publishers before some Smashwords imitator reaches them first. Have I mentioned I'm competitive?
Below I embedded a brief introduction to Smashwords for the new and uninitiated. Feel free to share it with your favorite author/publisher friends by clicking the handy Facebook or Twitter links, embed it into your own blog, or email it to friend.
Introduction to Smashwords - Ebook Publishing and Distribution Made Easy
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Next month at the end of the month, I'll do another year-in-review post, similar to the one I did last year. Click here to read last year's annual update.
My thanks to all Smashwords authors, publishers, readers and retailers for your continued partnership and support.
Update: Join the Promotion
What began as a simple "Introduction to Smashwords" as morphed into a "Spread the Word about Smashwords" promotion. Below is a list of Smashwords authors who are spreading the love. To join this list embed the presentation into your blog or website, then send us the hyperlink at the "Comments/questions" link at the Smashwords home page.
Here's the current list of participants (BTW, this is great list to discover up-and-coming indie authors!):
- Wayne Watson was the first with his blogs, Meddlers in Time and Oswald Bastable's Ranting
- J. Alexander Greenwood wrote a blog post titled, "Ladies and Gentleman, the Future of Publishing"
- Toni Leland wrote a fantastic post at her blog, Toni's Manuscript Musings
- Sarah Ettrich did a great post over at her Self-Publishing Adventure Blog
- Linda Nelson embedded the presentation on her home page at Young Adult Books by Linda Nelson
- Shayne Parkinson at her blog, Shayne Parkinson's Writing
- Tom Lichtenberg embedded the presentation at his Pigeon Weather Productions blog
- Oliver Frances added a direct link to this blog post at his blog, Oliver Frances
- AJ Davidson added a link to the Slideshare presentation at his blog, AJ Davidson's Blog
- Sami Salkosuo blogged it at his science fiction blog, The Stranger's Universe, in a post titled, Dawn to Dawn and Smashwords
- Ryne Douglas Pearson posted, What is Smashwords? Glad You Asked at his eponymous site.
- Fred Bubbers embedded About Smashwords at his site, Fredbubbers.com
- Robert Harper is spreading the word at his site, Robharper.com
- H. Lovelyn Bennison has posted a great little piece titled, Smashwords - An Easy Ebook Solution
- Leigh Ellwood added a post, Publishing with Smashwords, at her blog, Me Want Food
- Stephen Shore embedded the presentation at his Best of Smashwords page
- Abe of Aobibliosphere embedded the presentation at Smashwords - A Global Phenomena
- Richard Sanders lit up the Internet among his multiple online presences: his Richard Sanders Tumbler page; his Richard Sanders blog; and posts on CrimeSpace, Bookblogs, LinkedIn and Twitter.
- Audrey Driscoll integrated a link to the presentation into a broader post titled, Views on Book Reviewing that explores how book reviews are changing, and blurring the lines between professional reviewers and ordinary readers.
- Cliff Ball embedded the Introduction to Smashwords presentation in his blog, The Writing World of Author Cliff Ball
- Paul Diamond added the presentation to his blogs, Explore Your Career and Work/Life Fusion
- Author and cartoonist Scott Semegran wrote a great post with embed, Smashwords - The Future of Independent Publishing, at his web site, ScottSemegran.com
- D.R. Prescott embedded the presentation on his personal web site at InkSpot.com
- Sharon Cathcart posted a piece on her Goodreads page
- Wilson James blogged What about this Smashwords? at his blog, The Thoughts of Wilson James, Author and also Tweeted it a couple times.
- David Burton embedded the presentation at his blog, Random Musings
- Robert Ropars says Smashwords is the fastest, easiest way to distribute his work in a post titled, Smashwords.com and Self-Publishing on his blog, From The Library of Robert Ropars
- Peter Salisbury has launched a blog, and his second post is Good News Everyone! Free Books! in which he talks about his books, his Smashwords experience, and embeds the presentation
- The Ironic Catholic has embedded the presentation on the page below their book, Dear Communion of Saints, and credits Smashwords with assisting its e-publication (thanks!)
- Lucy Felthouse in the UK posted Spreading the Word about Smashwords on her blog, Lucy Felthouse - Erotic Author
- Jennifer Tribe at author services firm Highspot, Inc. posted a cool review of Smashwords at their First Issue Blog in a post titled, Smashwords = Easy Ebook Distribution
- Tom Allen embedded the presentation on the contact page of his blog, Chapter 1, Verse 1
- Carol Anita Ryan linked to the presentation on her site, Right Now is Perfect, with a post titled Ebooks and the Freedom of the Press: The Smashwords Revolution
- Marsha Ward posted Smashwords: How about an Introduction? over at her blog, Writer in the Pines
- Jaye Seay wrote about his Smashwords experience and embedded the slides in a post at his blog, Into His Word
- Oh wow. I love this from Dodge Winston over at Dodge Winston's Blotter. I'll quote a small bit:
"No longer must we send out query letters to New York literary agents who keep the keys to the masterful publishing houses tucked away for a select few. You and I, mere mortals of grammatical prose, can now bypass the entire, long-winded, life-sucking process of asking permission and take the world by storm with the Smashwords battering-ram."
- Robert Tell, author of Dementia Diary - A Caregiver's Journal, integrated a link to the presentation into a post over at his blog, The Caregiver Chronicles
- Rich Feitelberg incorporated a link to the presentation on a post titled Promoting Yourself on his blog, Paraphernalia in my Pocket
- Joseph Lallo at the BrainLazy blog wrote a thought-provoking post titled Spreading the Word about Smashwords that explains why he decided to take publishing matters into his own hands.
- Ruth Ann Nordin, a Smashwords best-seller, did a post promoting this cross-promotion promotion titled Cross Promote with Smashwords at her blog, Self Published Author's Lounge and on her new blog, On Being an Author
- Steve Leggett has embedded the presentation at the bottom of his home page at his blog, Heirs of the Magi
- Dr. Charles Claus added a link to the presentation at his Cotton Candy site
- Paula Freda embedded the presentation on her Angelfire home page
- Bonnie Turner embedded the presentation in her website, Aurorawolf and also posted a link in Facebook
- Chrystine Julian embedded the presentation in an informative post titled Publish a Book?, in which she examines different publishing options for authors
- David Knight has embedded the presentation in his blog, Ascensionforyou
- Dana Donovan embedded the presentation in his blog, Author Dana E. Donovan
- Linda Pendleton is supporting the promotion with a post at her blog, Linda Pendleton's Drops of Ink Upon the Page
- Mara and Ford Smith link to this blog post from the resources section of their web site, Live Simply With Style, where they credit Smashwords with making it possible to produce their books in multiple formats
- Nick Davis blogs over at Alt World that Smashwords empowers authors to "take their work directly to readers." Amen.
- Joeleene Naylor has a great summary of what Smashwords offers to both readers and authors over at her blog, Amaranthine Night
- Mary Kit-Neel embedded the presentation in a post at her blog titled How I published my ebook
- Alan Baxter, previously profiled here in an interview at the Smashwords blog for his smart execution of a blog tour, has joined the promotion with a post titled, Smashwords - get busy with the ebook
- Hugh Ashton, on his blog Beneath Grey Skies, wrote Smashwords - A Presentation, a post where he complements Smashwords for not sitting on its laurels. Amen to that!
- Worth Godwin has a great post over at his blog, Basic Computer Training, Tips & More in Plain English, titled Writers, How to Publish Your Book at Smashwords
- Edward G. Talbot has a cool post up titled, If You Haven't Caught on to Smashwords, You've Dropped the Ball over at his blog, Edward G. Talbot
- Martin Chambers added a link to the presentation at his Martin Chambers website
- Derek Prior embedded the presentation into his blog at Indie Fantasy Review
- Margaux Sky embedded the presentation into her multiple blogs, including Story Time, Margaux Sky Music, Margaux Sky Original Recipes.
- Denise Wy embedded the presentation in her web site, Deniswy
- Donna Butler has a post titled Thank You Mark Coker! (you're welcome, and yes, Mark's a decent name for a kid!) where she eloquently captures the frustrations faced by authors who don't fit the myopic preconceptions of literary gatekeepers. She speaks to the joy of reaching readers directly on her own terms. I love this quote from her, especially the last line:
And yes, I realize that Smashwords provides an equal opportunity for both talented and not so talented authors to get published. For every writer like me who majored in English, and spent a fortune on writers manuals and lived and breathed literature since they were old enough to read, there will be those who published on a whim. But that's fitting in the age of reality television, where the audience decides who is most qualified to entertain. Book lovers will be able to distinguish between those who've opened a vein and those who have opened one too many cans of beer.
- Shelly Stout embedded the presentation at her blog, Shelley Stout's Spiral Noteblog
- Randy Noble posted Smashwords - A Great Place for Readers and Authors
- K.R. Smith added a link to the presentation in the acknowledgments section of her blog, The Circulate Series
- Kristie Cook blogged about Smashwords on her blog, A Mused Writer
- Amy Saunders posted 3 Reasons to Publish With Smashwords on her blog, amy & the pen, where the tag line is, "The fiction is all in your head."
- Hank Brown embedded the presentation on his blog, Two-Fisted Blogger\
- Miss Mae posted Check out Smashwords! on her website, Miss May - Author of Romantic Mysteries
- David Mulholland added a link and some kind words on his website at David Mulholland Writer
- Nigel Slater added a link on his blog, An Agent of the King
- Chistopher Rick embedded the presentation in a post titled, Smashwords, Why I Use it, What it is, at his blog Living on the Box, Thinking Outside of it
- LK Hunsaker integrated the presentation into great little intro to e-publishing page titled, Indie Publishing & How-to Articles she maintains at her blog, LK Hunsaker - Thoughts and Sketches
- J.A. Loughlin embedded the presentation at Decendants Vampire Chronicles
- Camy has added Introduction to Smashwords their blog, Camy's Idiocy
- Michelle Gregory documents her reluctant entry into the digital world with a post titled, Dragging Me Kicking and Screaming into the Digital Age, at her blog, Beautiful Chaos (BTW, I must say I really like the titles of names of some of these blogs)
- Sarah Woodbury, who writes historical fiction and fantasy, embedded the presentation in a post titled, All About Smashwords, at her blog, Sarah Woodbury
- Stuart Aken embedded the presentation at the bottom of his publishing and writing blog, must mutter. Stuart does some interesting interviews with indie authors, and I see two Smashwords authors on the first page, so check him out.
- Jacob LaCivita embedded the presentation in Smashwords, Ebooks, iBooks at his blog, A Blog of Timely Persuasion
- Mistriss Milliscent posted a link to the presentation on her blog, Mistriss Milliscent
- Colette Martin embedded the presentation in a blog post titled, Great Recipe Ideas & Learn How to Use Smashwords to Create Your Own Cookbook at her blog, Learning to Eat Allergy Free. Great to see authors integrating promotion of their own books into the posts. Smart!
- Farida Mestek has embedded the presentation at Regency Sketches
- A.B.R. has embedded the presentation with thoughts on self publishing titled, Why Ebooks
- Ross Richdale in New Zealand posted Find Out About Smashwords at his blog, Ross Richdale's Fiction
- Ravis Harnell embedded the presentation at his blog, Ravis Harnell
- Anna Y. White embedded the presentation in her new blog, The Change
- Tania Tirraoro posted a link to the presentation on her blog, Not As Advertised
- Mel Comley has embedded the presentation at the blog for her crime novel, Impeding Justice
- Saffina Desforges embedded the presentation on her blog, Saffina Desforges
I love these win-win promotions!
Meddlers in Time
It'll be interesting to see your year-end post. I'm wondering if you guys are turning a profit yet. I've only just discovered Smashwords (only just decided to publish an ebook, heh heh), but I'm digging the affiliate program and the ease of making an account and downloading ebooks for any reader.
Thanks for doing this, everybit helps us and Smashwords.
Just a small suggestion - new-to-publishing/non-technical people might be a bit put off by the word 'metadata', which you use twice on the second slide. Maybe 'book details' or 'book information' might work better there?
Thanks Wayne. You were the first to embed it. I gave you a plug over at https://www.smashwords.com/about/beta
For anyone else who embeds the Slideshare presentation into their blogs, please drop us a note via the "comments/questions" link at Smashwords and we'll give you a little plug in the next "site updates" update. Of course, you can also post a link to your blog here in the comments as well. Thanks for your support!
Amanda, thanks for the suggestion. I updated the presentation to explain the "metadata" term.
Nice presentation, Mark. I continue to offer my congratulations to you and all of the Smashwords team for the success over the last couple years.
Your thoughts about how we all build on the success of each other are spot on! We should all celebrate the success of each of us, because together we will continue to build something that is bigger and better than the sum of its parts.
I have included your presentation in my own blog, and I commend it to all other Smashwords authors.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Wil. Exactly. I really believe that indie authors, working both collectively and individually, will define the future of book publishing. The rules of ebook publishing success are still being written, and one doesn't need to look far to realize indie authors are the ones out there experimenting with innovative forms of marketing, pricing, sampling and promotion.
Cheers and my downloads are up.
As I said, win-win!
Ebooks- a brave new world!
Meddlers in Time
thanks Mark for including me in the list! your Marketing Guide has done wonders for me - not as an author (yet) but as a blogger! c",)
My post is up with the presentation embedded:
Great idea doing this! Another win-win for you and the community. Plus you're right, I got to read some great blogs :)
Will also add this to my Blogger.com blog too and send you the link when it's up.
Embedded presentation now up on my work/life fusion blog here: http://worklifefusion.blogspot.com/2010/11/introduction-to-smashwords-ebook.html
All the best,
Mark, thanks for the easy overview, and I've got it embedded and recommended on my Dear Communion of Saints ebook page:
I just posted it to my Facebook Wall.
Kristie Leigh Maguire
Books on Smashwords:
You've Got Mail from Japan
No Lady and her Tramp
Hi! I put up a post about Smashwords and linked the slideshow on my blog at www.brainlazy.com.
I POSTED SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT SMASHWORDS AND THE ARTICLE OF JOSEPH FOUND ON HIS BLOG www.brainlazy.com ON FACEBOOK AND ON MY TURTLE RESCUE WEB SITE.
I ECHO JOSEPH'S EXPERIENCE IT TOOK ME A LITTLE WHILE LONGER BUT I HAD NO EXPERIENCE AND WAS
ABLE TO PUBLISH 2 EBOOKS THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME ACHIEVE A DREAM OF A LIFETIME
BOOKS: 1- WEB QUEST FOR A HEART OF GOLD
2- TURTLEVIEW POEMS - L'ACUEIL
I posted a link to the Slideshare Presentation on my personal home page, but could not get the movie to show up. I'll keep trying. Thanks for this, Mark.
With everything Smashwords has done for me I am happy to promote this on my website.
Link URL - http://alt-world.com/altworld/?p=1446
Thanks again for all your help and opening the doors for me.
I'm in. Hope it's not too late.
My post will go live tomorrow morning. Thanks for doing this Mark!
Got it on my Facebook fan page
Done Mark. Now on both of my sites.
I imbedded it on the Two-Fisted Blog (http://twofistedblogger.blogspot.com) but, due to the size, had to put it down at the bottom. If a smaller widget comes out, I'll be able to feature it more prominently.
Thanks for all your work on our behalf negotiating about the discounts and so forth. I also appreciate how prompt you've been with responses every time I ask a question.
The 'embed' link on the presentation doesn't work as it's missing some of its tags. Though eventually I got it to work!
I'll be signing up as soon as I've finished editing.
Done it on my blog "Regency Sketches" (http://faridamestek.blogspot.com/)
I'm in, too! Hopefully it's not too late!
You're in, Anna, thanks. For now, I'll keep adding people as they come in. Thanks, all, for your participation. Let me know if I missed anyone!
I was spending some time on the computer today, and found this article and did add it to our web site. Always a wealth of information. Thank you.
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