Smashwords 2022 Year in Review and 2023 Preview
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Welcome to my annual Smashwords 2022 year in review and 2023 preview. 2022 was a pivotal year for Smashwords, our authors, our publishers, and our readers. For those who haven’t heard, Smashwords was acquired in March by our former competitor, Draft2Digital. When I founded Smashwords 15 years ago, I set out on a crazy mission to change the way books were published, marketed, and sold.  I wanted to publish authors that traditional publishers refused to publish, in a format (ebooks) that few readers were reading, and I wanted to offer this service at no cost to every writer in the world.&n ..read more
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Draft2Digital Authors Can Now Distribute to the Smashwords Store
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1M ago
After nine months of intense development effort, over 100,000 authors and publishers at Draft2Digital can now distribute their 300,000 ebooks into the Smashwords store. The news comes in time for these authors to participate in the 6th annual Smashwords End of Year sale, which promises to be our biggest ever.  The sale kicks off December 15 and runs through January 1. This important milestone marks the successful completion of the first phase of a three-phase roadmap following Draft2Digital's acquisition of Smashwords which completed in March of this year.   It's the first step ..read more
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Draft2Digital to Acquire Smashwords
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1y ago
Dear Friends of Smashwords, This letter isn't a goodbye; it's a new hello. Today we announced that Draft2Digital is acquiring Smashwords. We're joining together to do more for authors, publishers, and readers. Fourteen years ago when I created Smashwords, I set out on a crazy mission to change the way books were published, marketed, and sold. I wanted to empower every writer in the world with free tools to self-publish ebooks with pride, professionalism, and success. I wanted to give readers the freedom to enjoy the wonderful diversity of indie-published titles that I knew our publishing pl ..read more
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2022 Publishing Predictions – Indies Take Center Stage
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1y ago
Welcome to my annual publishing predictions where I reflect upon the state of the indie nation and make predictions for the year ahead. Also, don't miss today's companion post, my annual Smashwords Year in Review and Preview for 2022. How has the pandemic changed the publishing landscape?  What does a post pandemic world look like for indie authors and publishers?  How has the pandemic changed readers’ relationship with books?  I’ll explore these and other questions as we look ahead to 2022. As I prepare to press publish on the last day of 2021, Covid infections are hitting ..read more
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Smashwords 2021 End of Year Review and 2022 Preview
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1y ago
Welcome to my 2021 Smashwords year in review and 2022 preview.   Wow.  Our 14th year of business operation.  Thank you Smashwords authors, publishers, readers, and channel partners! Don't miss my annual companion post, 2022 Publishing Predictions – Indies Take Center Stage. As I mentioned in my predictions post today, 2021 was another good year to be an indie publisher, due in part to pandemic-inspired changes to reading habits.  The higher sales levels many authors experienced in 2020 continued into 2021, and will likely continue into 2022 for the reasons I outline i ..read more
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Smashwords End of Year Sale Kicks off December 17
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1y ago
The fifth annual Smashwords End of Year Sale starts this Friday, December 17, running through January 1.  For these last two weeks of the year, tens of thousands of indie ebooks will be priced at exclusive discounts of 25%, 50%, 75%, and even free. Smashwords authors and publishers can enroll their tiles from the home page or go directly to https://www.smashwords.com/dashboard/sitewidePromos  Entire catalogs can be opted in at once. Starting December 17, readers will find the sale prominently promoted at the top of the Smashwords home page, from which they can enter an entire sectio ..read more
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2021 Publishing Predictions – Pandemic Reshapes Publishing, Accelerates Consolidation
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2y ago
Welcome to my annual publishing predictions post, where I recap the state of the indie nation and share publishing predictions for the year ahead. Also check out my annual Smashwords Year in Review and Preview of 2021. The purpose of these predictions is to focus our attention on the future. Some of my predictions will inspire you, and others might surprise or anger you.  That’s the point.  By imagining potential futures, you can work to shape the future you desire. Although it’s easy for an individual author to feel powerless against the broader forces of this industry, the opposit ..read more
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Smashwords 2020 Year in Review and 2021 Preview
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2y ago
Welcome to my 2020 Smashwords year in review and 2021 preview.  Can you believe we’ve been in business for 13 years?  We couldn’t have done this without your partnership and support.  Thank you! Don't miss my annual companion post, 2021 Publishing Predictions – Pandemic Reshapes Publishing, Accelerates Consolidation I feel a little uncomfortable talking about our accomplishments at a time when a pandemic is raging and so many are hurting.  So, I’ll keep things briefer than normal. As I mentioned in my predictions post today, 2020 was a good year to be an indie ebook author ..read more
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Smashwords Author Day, Spring 2020 Now Online
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2y ago
The pandemic may have shuttered in-person writers conferences in 2020, but it didn't negate the need for ongoing author education. Back in April, Smashwords marketing director Jim Azevedo presented a live, power-packed webinar featuring four workshop presentations covering the most important indie publishing topics for indie ebook publishing.  Jim shared actionable advice on how authors can make their books more visible, desirable and enjoyable readers.  Learn state-of-the-art strategies for building a marketing platform you control. These presentations are now available for vie ..read more
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Smashwords Launches Initiatives to Help Readers and Authors Cope with Covid-19 Pandemic
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3y ago
Books matter now more than ever. The world has been thrust into a state of crisis not seen since World War II. Humanity will overcome this challenge, led by the imagination, innovation, creativity and intellect of thinking people.  These are same thinking people who turn to fiction and non-fiction for entertainment and inspiration. Books will help humanity navigate this crisis and emerge stronger than ever. For the concerned parent who must hold it together for their children in the face of news that gets darker by the day, a book offers a welcome respite, a magical elixir delivering happi ..read more
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