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?

5 comments:

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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

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