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New markets: Smashwords

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styleguideTime to try something new.
All my ebooks can be found on Amazon, and I never had any real problem with mister Bezos and his umpa-lumpas.
But I have always been curious about Smashwords, where I did buy a few ebooks but was never sure enough of my formatting skills to actually go and upload my works.
The dread Smashwords Meatgrinder was pretty scary, and I heard a lot of horror stories about mangled books and what not.
I read the Smashwords style guides, but still I was scared.
Then, this morning, my friend Brent Millis (aka Made in DNA) published this article

The Minimalist Guide to Formatting Your eBooks

… which is pretty straightforward, and I thought, why not?

So I took the Buscafusco file, added a few things that Smashwords requires, eliminated a few that Smashwords does not like and lo and behold!… BUSCAFUSCO: Women & Children is up and running.


The only downside: WordPress doesn’t like Smashwords’ pretty neat widget.

And now that the fear of the Meatgrinder is gone, I must admit I like very much Smashwords, that is exactly what the doctor ordered if one is writing short work in serial form:

  • Smashwords allows to manage series
  • … and to offer bundles
  • pays a higher royalty rate than Amazon on lower prices
  • … and pays said royalties on PayPal
  • it offers a hell of a lot of formats
  • provides a free ISBN …
  • and distributes the ebook on a number of different platforms.
  • And it includes tools for social media sharing.


Mind you, Amazon is still the most popular platform around when e-commerce is concerned, but why renounce a few extra markets, and (hopefully) a few extra bucks?

Now all I have to do is sit here and write, and that’s exactly what I will do.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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