The world has been thrust into a state of crisis not seen since World War II.
Humanity will overcome this challenge, led by the imagination, innovation, creativity and intellect of thinking people. These are the same thinking people who turn to fiction and non-fiction for entertainment and inspiration.
Books will help humanity navigate this crisis and emerge stronger than ever.
For the concerned parent who must hold it together for their children in the face of news that gets darker by the day, a book offers a welcome respite, a magical elixir delivering happiness, safe harbor and emotional recharge on demand. For their children, books offer healthy distraction and diversion at a time when social distancing is necessary to save lives.
Insert your situation, or the situation of your friends, family and community, and you begin to realize how books have an important role to play in helping people cope with this global calamity that is Covid-19.
Authors are the magicians who create books, and it just so happens that Smashwords is honored to work with over 140,000 authors spread across the globe. It shouldn't come as a surprise that many authors are now asking how they can use their books to help others.
Authors Helping ReadersSeveral of our authors contacted me in recent days, asking if I'd consider running a special sale where they could make their books more accessible and affordable to readers suffering in self-imposed or government-mandated isolation. These authors wanted to help fellow readers gain strength, comfort or entertainment from the power of their books.
In this context, any book that brings the reader precious moments of joy - whether a romance, a thriller or a non-fiction treatise about boosting your immune system - is critically important to the global recovery effort.
With this heartfelt intention in mind, today we launched our Authors Give Back sale, running now through April 20. For the next 30 days, thousands of Smashwords authors are going the extra mile to share their books with the readers who need them.
If you're an author or publisher, you can enroll your books now at this enrollment link which you'll also find on the Smashwords home page and in your Dashboard.
If you're a reader, you can access 30,000 deep-discounted books and over 80,000 free books with the compliments of indie authors and publishers around the globe. These authors are your friends and neighbors.
You'll find the sale at the top of the Smashwords home page. Here's a direct link that will take you into the sale catalog.
Please tell a friend!
Smashwords Helping AuthorsThe desire of our authors to support readers got me thinking about how Smashwords can support our authors during this crisis.
Writers conferences, like most large public gatherings, are getting cancelled left and right. These conferences provide important educational venues for writers to gain the knowledge and connections they need to build their writing careers.
The need for continuing education doesn't disappear simply because most of us find ourselves trapped at home. With this in mind, Smashwords this week announced our first-ever Author Education Day, a one-day online educational event where we'll teach veteran authors how to take their ebook publishing to the next level, and we'll teach aspiring authors how to publish ebooks with ease, professionalism and success.
The Smashwords Author Education Day event will be held next month on April 18, and is open to all writers and publishers. Even if you don't (yet) publish with Smashwords, we invite you to attend at no cost.
Jim Azevedo, our marketing director, will present four live workshops, each followed by an interactive Q&A.
The sessions will be presented in sequential order, with each session building on the knowledge covered in the prior session. Whether you're a first-time author or an experienced veteran, you'll leave this one day e-publishing intensive inspired with fresh ideas that will help you take your publishing to the next level.
These are the same (but updated) Smashwords workshops we've presented in person at writers conferences around the globe. You'll learn evergreen best practices to improve the discoverability and desirability of your books, and you'll learn strategies for building a sustainable long term career as a writer and publisher.
The sessions include:
1. Ten trends driving the future of publishing (novice to expert)
2. An introduction to ebook publishing (novice to intermediate)
3. 16 secrets to ebook publishing success (novice to expert)
4. Book launch strategy: Preorders and presales (novice to expert)
Advance registration is required for this free event. To view the full event description and to register, visit our Smashwords Author Education Day event page.
Hang in there my friends and fellow book lovers. The sun will rise again.