Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Smashwords -- Good, Bad or Ugly?

Since I'm getting closer to giving up on the tradtional route to publishing and tossing my book out there in e-book form, I was wondering if any of you folks had experience with Smashwords and how that worked out for you.

Anyone? Bueller?


  1. I'd never heard of Smashwords, but thanks for the link. Interesting.

  2. There are authors who are traditionally published who have used Smashwords. Some have used Amazon. I was at a conference and it seemed writers who used Smashwords and Amazon were fine with the result. Just make sure it's impeccably edited.

  3. Personally, I don't like Smashwords because I can't be certain of the quality of the ebook file, as you have to send everything through their "meat grinder" and don't have much control over the end product. I create my files in InDesign and export through Adobe Digital Editions, and the results are much better than what you get using a generic Word file. Also, most people I know who are indie-pubbed don't seem to get that many sales through Smashwords, so...I'd stick with Amazon and B&N's PubIt service, frankly. What it does seem to be good for is giving out coupons for free ebooks for review copies, giveaways, that sort of thing.

  4. I've no experience with Smashwords but I'll go check it out.

    Admittedly, you are much further along this publishing process than I am, but the allure of self-publishing is already singing it's siren song to me.

    I remember years ago hearing how U-2 passed on three or four initial record deals because the labels refused to give them full creative control. Similarly, reportedly Thomas Harris of Silence of the Lambs fame has a deal where he has final say on the manuscript.

    But deals like that are few and far between, and getting fewer as publishing--like the movie industry--moves further and further toward the blockbuster formula and sheds smaller, more literary projects. You'd think with E-books coming online, they'd see providing more choice as a better option, but it doesn't appear to be working out that.

    Anyway, what that means is if you decided to go the self-pub route, I may not be far behind you. :D