This Self Publishing Guide will focus on Smashwords. Smashwords is a third party aggregator that will send your books to Barnes & Noble (Nook), iBooks (iPad/iPod/iPhone), Sony, Kobo, and Diesel. They are a one-stop-shop for self publishing and have a lot of fans. As I explained in my Barnes & Noble Nook Self Publishing Guide, the B&N process is so simple, there is little reason to have Smashwords do it for you (and take a cut of your profits – currently 15% or less of the net or about 10% of the asking price). When I published my first book, Bob Moore: No Hero, Smashwords didn’t have a deal with Amazon so I had to put it up there myself. Currently, they have penned a deal but they’ve yet to distribute a book. Since Amazon’s process, as I explain in my Amazon Kindle Self Publishing Guide, is fairly easy, there is little reason not to distribute it there yourself as well.
iBooks, on the other hand, is a different story. See my iBookstore Self Publishing Guide (out soon) for more info. Continue reading Self Publishing Guide: Smashwords
If you were waiting for Barnes and Nobles or Smashwords to get your copy of Bob Moore: Desperate Times, wait no longer. Barnes and Nobles has actually had the book up for a most of a week but I didn’t want to announce it until I was sure they had the right edition. I’m still not sure but I’m going with it. I uploaded to Smashwords this morning and it was available right away. I’ve checked the PDF, ePub, and MOBI versions and they all look fine (except the ePub version looks a little weird on the iPad using the iBooks app but not the Kobo app – a problem that I think is based on Smashwords’ conversion process). My problem with Smashwords has always been the wait for inclusion into other libraries and their terrible stat reporting process. For those reasons, I’ve decided to self-publish to Amazon (link), Barnes and Nobles (link), and iBooks (link to come).
So far, I’ve completed one of the possible three Self Publishing Guides. The Amazon one is up and will be (as least so far) the most detailed. It will be the bedrock upon which I build the rest of the guides. If you follow the formatting suggestions there, you’ll be 90% of the way to Nook and Smashwords. Yep, not bad for one guide. Working on the other two now and will hopefully have them done in the next week or so.