Saturday, January 8, 2011

Smashwords Conversion

The blogs on the Kindle site have been invaluable in researching other possible epublishing sites. Smashwords seems to be used by many of the posters on the site so I thought I'd give it a try. First off, the process to publishing on Smashwords is as simple as the Amazon site, only the directions are more detailed.

The process begins with the creation of your document and it's recommended that you save your work in an MSWord document, preferably, a.doc version, not the new 2010 format. I did find you need to strip out the automatically created Table of Contents and just create links to your chapter headers. Also, directions to cure the disappearing blank lines for scene changes suggested adding four stars (****) to those lines and three pound signs (###) at the end of your work.

 Posting to the site is a simple upload but the conversion process can take several minutes and up to a couple of hours depending on the amount of site traffic. Your upload is immediately available on Smashwords and once accepted in their Premium Catelogue, available on to Barnes & Noble plus the Apple site. Free ISBN numbers are issued to works that are accepted into their Premium Catalogue.

It took about three days for my work to gain acceptance into the Premium Catalogue and now I have three titles available for sale on the site. Of course,  book promotion  is my responsibility but as of now, I've sold two copies. Not a great start but a start non the less.

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