Smashwords Self-publishing

Smashwords Self-publishing teaches the self-published author how to publish your book everywhere but Amazon
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Smashwords is the fast way to publish everywhere that is not Amazon. But it's not for everyone.

Allow me to explain...

First, you should publish in Amazon Kindle format via KDP. Kindle eBooks are where you'll find most of your readership and therefore generate the most revenue. If you haven't already published via KDP, stop reading now and check out my course entitled "Publishing on Kindle: Self-publishing eBooks on Amazon KDP".

Second, you should publish in Print on Demand (POD) paperback format via CreateSpace. If you haven't already done so, stop reading now and check out my course titled "Publishing on CreateSpace: Self-publishing Books on Amazon".

Third, I recommend that you enroll in the KDP Select program to generate more revenue on Amazon Kindle eBooks through the KU and KOLL lending programs and to take advantage of promotional opportunities only made available to members of this program. Entering the KDP Select program requires that you publish your eBooks exclusively with Amazon and therefore do not publish on Smashwords.

If you have already 1) Published via KDP, 2) Published via CreateSpace and 3) chosen not to enter the KDP Select program, this course is for you.

This is the final step. Now that you've published on Amazon, use Smashwords to publish everywhere else. Smashwords will transform your Microsoft Word formatted document to the appropriate formats required by several eBook readers (e.g. ePub, MOBI, PDF ...) and then distribute your book for sale at all the non-Amazon eBook distributors (e.g. Apple iBook store, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Scribd ...).

In this course you'll learn everything you need to publish via Smashwords. You'll learn:

  1. What Smashwords is an how it works.
  2. How to format your manuscript for publication via Smashwords.
  3. How to upload your manuscript for publication via Smashwords.
  4. How to monitor sales and modify your book.

So, if you're ready to publish everywhere that is not Amazon, I'm ready to show you how.


What are the requirements?

  • Microsoft Word 2013 to format you manuscript
  • Web browser to upload your manuscript for publication
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 to create a book cover (optional)
  • Free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to create a book cover (optional)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what Smashwords is and how it works
  • Determine whether Smashwords publishing is for you
  • Learn to format your manuscript for Smashwords publication
  • Learn to upload your manuscript for Smashwords publication

Who is the target audience?

  • Any self-published author who has 1) published via KDP, 2) published via CreateSpace and 3) chosen not to enter the KDP Select program

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Course Overview
How Smashwords Works
Smashwords vs Kindle Select and Direct Publishing
Signing Up for a Smashwords Author Account
Section 2: Formatting Your Manuscript for Publication using Microsoft Word 2013

The best source of information for publishing on Smashwords is the "Smashwords Style Guide" written and collected by none other than the founder of Smashwords, Mark Coker. Download and read this book. It is available on both Smashwords in a multitude of formats and it's even available on Amazon for Kindle download. Best of all, it's free!

Configuring Your Word Environment
Displaying Formatting Characters
Replacing Problematic Characters
Modifying the Normal and Header Styles
Clearing All Previous Style Formatting (Optional)
Applying the Header Styles
Formatting Separators
Configuring the Page Layout
Adding a Smashwords Standard Title Page
Smashwords Standard Title Page
Adding a Table of Contents
Reviewing and Saving Your Work
Section 3: Creating a Book Cover
GIMP for Beginners: Book Covers and Free Graphic Design
Book Cover Design with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
Section 4: Publishing Your Book
Title and Synopsis
Pricing and Sampling
Categorization, Tags and eBook Formats
Upload Your Cover and Manuscript and Publish Your Book
Section 5: Monitoring and Modifying Your Book
Getting Approved for the Premium Catalog
Using the Author Dashboard
Section 6: Conclusion
My Course Catelog

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Instructor Biography

Author/Publisher Brian Jackson, 28 Courses, 2,000+ Reviews, 4.56 Stars and 42,000+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.

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