Five Publishing Trends, from Smashwords' Mark Coker

Posted by in ebooks, Kindle, writing on Sep 22, 2011

I started using Smashwords last spring, back when the aptly-named Meatgrinder took days to spit out your manuscript in all its formats. This was mostly due to the popularity of Smashwords and the very long queues. Today with demand and their hardware/software updates Smashwords is a powerhouse, a fabulous service for authors. Yesterday I wanted an epub version of my new novel for a reviewer. I tried to use Calibre, which I’ve had for awhile. The epub version came out wonky so I decided to just upload the ms to Smashwords and use their versions. In a matter of minutes, plus a few tweaks and re-uploads, I had a decidedly better version and it went off in the ether to the reviewer. (I then “unpublished” the book to wait for the real publication date. See JUMP CUT- above.)

What is Smashwords doing right? All kinds of things, but mostly making the world of Sony, Apple, Diesel, and Kobo available to the independent author. Here is the slide show Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, gave last weekend at a writers conference in California. It would have been nice to hear him too, but, well, you can still get the message.


  1. Sep 24, 2011

    Interesting that I’ve been with Smashwords and Kindle about the same length of time. With my novel, Mankind’s Worst Fear, Kindle has consistently outsold Smashwords by a few hundred to one.

  2. Sep 24, 2011

    I know what you mean, David. Smashwords is great as a launchpad to other sites but not so much as a sales market. I think I’m up to Kindle: Smashwords about 1000:1. Good luck with your novel and good to hear from you!

  3. Jan 26, 2013

    That’s great. Good luck with your novel.

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