Sunday, 27 November 2011

My Self-Publishing Adventures: Part 2: Smashwords

I had heard things about Smashwords from several writer friends and somehow in my head had built it up to be a rather scary place to submit to. I'd read in various places the submission process can take a long time, and be rather complicated. 

However, for me, it was a breeze. I know, how lucky?!

From signing up to Smashwords to having everything uploaded took me twenty minutes in total. I started at 6.40am, thinking I would get started, stop at 7 to get the children ready for school and do the school run and then finish later. When I submitted my file was #2 in the queue, and luckily for me it was all accepted first time, so everything was finished by the time 7am arrived. I would definitely suggest submitting early in the morning, UK time!

At the time of writing this post I am just waiting to see if they accept it into the premium catalogue. Fingers crossed.

You can see A Knowing Look and Other Stories on Smashwords here.

Oh yes, two things I noticed about Smashwords. Firstly they let you download all the formats of your own book for free because it's, you know, your book. (Not so on Kindle.)

Secondly they have a "special" submission page for people who are submitting NaNoWriMo novels. Firstly I thought, seriously? But then it dawned on me that perhaps Smashwords are trying to keep novels of a certain quality in a "special" place. I'm not saying there won't be some excellent novels as a result of NaNoWriMo... just that the actual words written in November should be considered a first draft, and as such why would anyone be submitting already? You know what I mean. Hopefully.

Thank you for reading!  x X x

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  1. Hi Rebecca.

    Why you no ask? I started with Smashwords 3 years ago and all 15 of my titles are on there as well as Amazon. I also wrote a guide to formatting and publishing on Smashwords. I gurantee you'll alays pass autovetter using it. I'll send you a coupon code via Twitter DM so you can download it free.

    BTW, don't hold your breath. Premium distribution acceptance is currently taking 2-3 weeks.

  2. Hi David

    You're an angel. I saw your guide on your blog yesterday. I had actually bought a kindle book on formatting which was SO useful it made it very simple. It was you and Trevor talking about the "meatgrinder" that got me so worried, ha ha ha.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog xx