Publishing with Smashwords
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Publishing with Smashwords

A step by step guide to publishing your book as an ebook using the Smashwords web site.
5.0 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
5 students enrolled
Created by Stephen Norton
Last updated 7/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Publish your book manuscript as an electronic book on Smashwords.
  • Select a wide variety of distributors to sell your book, including Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and others.
  • Learn how to create a simple book cover for use on web sites.
  • Learn how to legally avoid US tax with-holding if not a US tax payer, using international trade agreements.
  • Collect royalties and manage revenue streams, taxes & pricing.
  • Create and manage sales coupons and discounts.
  • Publish your book for free and collect royalties at point of sale.
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Requirements
  • Everything is covered in the course. All you need is your book manuscript.
Description

So your book is finished and ready to go... what's the next step?

Publish your book via the Smashwords web site. Distribute to international sites including Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and others. Do it now, do it all for free.

Learn how to quickly and easily turn your book into an electronic book (ebook) and market it to the world.  This course is a step by step guide showing exactly what you need to do to get your book published, for free, and then get it onto international markets and start collecting royalties. All at zero cost to you.

This course is just one of the Zero Cost Self Publishing Program, a series of courses which show you the entire A to Z of self publishing at zero cost. Publish today for free. Collect royalties tomorrow.

Your book is finished but you need to format it to professional levels? Take the companion course 'Format your book manuscript using Word 2003'. Other courses coming soon include using Word 2013 and the free word processor Libre Office.

Want to publish your book as a paperback? Check out the course 'Publishing with CreateSpace.'

Who is the target audience?
  • Ths course is for anyone who has written a book and wants to publish it as an ebook.
  • If you can enter data onto a web page you can publish your book, distribute to international markets, and do it all for free.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
01:58:18
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Learn the A - Z of publishing your book using the Smashwords web tools.
23 Lectures 01:58:18

Introduction to the Zero Cost Self Publishing Program.

Preview 02:58

Introduction to this specific course - Self Publishing your book using the tools provided at the Smashwords web site. Do it now, for free.

Preview 02:24

The basic pre-requisites for publishing your book on Smashwords.

Preview 01:32

Walk through the process of setting up your account on Smashwords.

Set up Your Smashwords Account
04:59

Learn how to create a simple book cover using one of your own pictures or images and an easy to use 'free' tool.

Creating a Simple Book Cover
12:18

Begin the publishing process.

First Steps of Publishing
18:50

Set up your account profile and other pertinent information.

Setting up Your Account Profile
04:48

Select the various distribution channels and re-sellers you wish to send your book to.

Working with the Channel Manager
04:29

Learn how to set up and manage coupons so you can offer discount pricing on your book, as and when desired.

Working with the Coupon Manager
03:24

Learn how to work with coupons and Smashwords site-wide promotions.

Site Wide Promotional Coupons
06:49

Manage receiving royalty payments. Learn how to legally avoid US with-holding taxes if you're not a US citizen.

Getting Payments and Managing Taxes
04:31

Learn about assigning an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), either your own or get one from Smashwords.

Working with and Assigning ISBNs
04:40

Learn how to assign a price to your book. Learn how to judge what's reasonable and what's not.

Setting your Book Pricing
04:33

What to do about VAT taxes if you're selling into the European markets.

Preview 03:50

Do you have a series of books to sell? Use the Series Manager to link them together to promote sales.

Using the Series Manager
03:50

Monitor your sales.

Monitoring Daily Sales
03:46

Getting onto the Premium Catalogue so you can distribute to Apple.

Addressing Vetter Errors and Getting Premium Catelogue Status
04:43

Correcting errors in your manuscript and uploading a corrected version.

Uploading a New Version (Fixing Errors)
02:02

Modify your book settings to promote sales.

Modifying Book Settings
02:16

Modify coupons to control sale pricing.

Modifying Coupons and Status
02:41

Maximize your presence on the main search engines (Google, Bing, etc.)

SEO Settings and Optimization (Search Engine Optimization)
10:29

Making the most of Smashwords book sales page and Authors page.

Working with Smashwords Book and Author Pages
07:29

Congratulations, you're published!

Congratulations - You're Now a Published Author
00:57
About the Instructor
Stephen Norton
4.9 Average rating
7 Reviews
23 Students
3 Courses
Author, Publisher, Artist

As CEO of Northwind Ink, a small publishing house, Stephen is a full time author, publisher and artist. He lives on the West Coast of Canada where he spends his time writing, publishing, carving soapstone sculptures and teaching.

He self published his first book in 2010, wrote Zero Cost Self Publishing in 2012 and has been teaching a two day self publishing course based on the book at the Royal Roads University Continuing Education department, located in Victoria, BC, Canada for several years.

He has written more than sixteen books, all of which are available in Paperback, and both Kindle and Epub eBook formats. These include novels, short stories, poetry, and 'how-to' books on self publishing, soapstone carving and stained glass art. His books can be purchased from CreateSpace, Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other international resellers.