Smashwords – a Thoroughly Pleasant Publishing Experience

I just sent my book to an eBook distributor called Smashwords ( It was easy to follow the instructions and work with their style guide. My book is in their premium category (accomplished by formatting it according to guidelines) and will go on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Sony. They also publish to Amazon, but I’m already there.

When you send in your manuscript, they run it through their software, which they have lovingly dubbed “Meatgrinder,” and it comes out with a list of what’s wrong with your formatting, so you can fix it.

When your manuscript is corrected and done, Meatgrinder puts it in the formats required for the various online stores and then they send it out.

It’s all free!! Incredible. So now, Deadly Awakening will be on Barnes & Noble and be available to people using Sony and other eBook readers.

I had several questions in the process of doing this, and sent in queries. I got responses from Mark Coker, the owner of the company. Coker seems to have a passionate dedication to publishing easily available eBooks and believes in their future.

The company also has an affiliate that can make hardcopies of your book for distribution by them on anyone else. It’s called Wordclay.

About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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One Response to Smashwords – a Thoroughly Pleasant Publishing Experience

  1. Rainie says:

    Beryl, thanks for the info on Smashwords. Have come across self publishing companies Lulu or I-books?

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