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Smashwords Book Marketing Guide - How to Market any Book for Free (Smashwords Guides 2) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 283 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mark Coker, via Smashwords (June 25, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XR57PE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,155 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I'm co-author with my wife of Boob Tube, a novel that explores the wild and wacky world of daytime television soap operas. Lesleyann is a former reporter for Soap Opera Weekly magazine. As research for the novel, we moved to Burbank for two months and interviewed about 50 soap opera industry insiders, including actors, writers, hair & makeup professionals, fan club managers, and publicists. We collected hundreds of pages of over the top stories. Next, we moved to a cabin in woods of Vermont and wrote our novel.

Despite representation from an excellent literary agent at one of the top firms in NY, publishers refused to publish the book because previous soap opera themed novels had not performed well in the marketplace.

This lead me to start Smashwords in 2008, which is now the world's largest distributor of self-published ebooks. We represent most of the world's bestselling ebook authors, including many NY Times and USA Today bestsellers.

Since founding Smashwords, most of my writing has been about the topic of ebook publishing best practices. I've written three books which have now collectively garned nearly 1/2 million downloads:

1. The Smashwords Style Guide (how to format, produce and publish an ebook)

2. The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book for free)

3. The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success (the best practices secrets of the bestselling ebook authors)

In a prior life, I ran an award-winning Silicon Valley PR agency for nearly 20 years focused on venture-backed startups. Drawing on that experience, I wrote The 10-Minute PR Checklist which teaches entrepreneurs and marketing folks how leverage the power of honest PR to achieve any business objective.

You can find all my books here on Amazon as well as at other major retailers.

When I'm not writing or working on Smashwords, I enjoy gardening, traveling and hiking tall mountains, the tallest of which has been Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By erikcc on November 25, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The publisher of Smashwords does see the future and it's not with regular publishers but self publishing and epub. The only issue with this is that many epublished books are not edited and proof read. The second issue is that most epublished books are not marketed or advertised in anyway so most ebooks will sell very poorly and very few will do well. And the ones that do well will get picked up by the large publishers so they can put muscle behind it and then make even more money. The advice he gives in the book is excellent but basic but it's a step in the right direction that authors self published or not must do some marketing or they will not do as well as they should. And this goes without saying that marketing should not be "hard" but a soft approach. This book has helped me with marketing my own ebook but again, this is a marathon and not a sprint.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Carla Fister on July 21, 2011
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I haven't quite finished the book yet but my biggest beef with it is, that it's a commercial for his company. In itself that's not a bad thing and the book is free. But I'm new to all of this so I want information and after reading over and over in the book that Smashwords is the ONLY way to do.... other research showed that if I really want to have my book show all the photos and graphics that will be included in the hard copy version I'm better off to use LuLu.

I just like getting ALL the info before putting forth any effort and money. Smashwords may work well for distribution of a book with all text that can look the same whether it's in a Word doc or a pdf but I'm a photographer and graphic designer and being told I have to put my book in a Word doc for submission is where I stopped reading.

He offers other good online marketing ideas but tends to turn most of it back to his company. I'm glad it was a free book because I would've felt ripped off if I had to buy a commercial

Update to last review...
I added 2 more stars because I did end up using Smashwords for my ebook distribution. It came down to how many formats their system supported and it's pretty much all of them. Once I read the whole guide for formatting a Word doc for their smasher I was able to include all the photos I wanted and was satisfied with the quality of how they looked.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Ives on May 12, 2011
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I have just had my book "From The Inside Out" published to the Premium list on Smashwords and i could never have done it without the Style Guide (also free on Smashwords). This marketing guide is simple and easy to follow and the logical next step for anyone who wants to market their book worldwide; yup worldwide and its free! Writing a book simply that can be understood by all is not as easy as it sounds. Mark you have once again done a great job for all aspiring authors. Keep up the good work!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By H. Kallinger on July 28, 2012
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Yes, I realized that there was a chance that this would be just a long ad for Smashwords, but I was still hoping that it would expand on marketing outside of that one specific medium. I honestly didn't finish it because I wasn't looking for a how-to-use-Smashwords guide, so maybe that was included, but I didn't find it while I was scanning through.

If you're looking for promoting your book through SW, then this book is definitely for you! Definitely pick it up and give it a go!

I had a few problems using SW since I don't use Microsoft Word (and I don't remember what the other problems were, but it was not the amazing publisher I was hoping for--I do still hope to utilize it, but as I'm already published through B&N, Amazon and Lulu, I seemed to remember that being a problem--unfortunately, I came to SW too late to fully utilize it).

Don't expect this to be particularly helpful if you're NOT using the SW site, though. It's well-written and explains SW very well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ѦѺ on July 13, 2011
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A good book has no ending. - R.D. Cumming

Mark Coker, Founder and CEO of Smashwords, has written a simple and user-friendly primer for ebook and print writers on how to market their books at his publishing company or elsewhere. the Book Marketing Guide is free and is available in multiple reading formats.
Mark suggests 31 DYIs. each do-it-yourself is clearly defined and supported with examples and helpful links. everything is feasible and can be outright implemented. some may give immediate results and others may require time for the changes to be noticeable.
what's interesting about the tips is that they not only apply to writers but to bloggers as well. writers need help on how to increase their sales in a competitive market. bloggers too need tools on how to boost their site traffic.
i am not an author but i am a blogger. this guide has opened a can of fresh ideas on how to attract more readers to my blog and where to find them. in fact, right after reading the guide, i immediately implemented a couple of his tips and they worked for me.
as Mark puts it, the guide is a living document and he invites everyone to contribute to its future updates by providing feedback and by sharing free marketing and distribution tools that would be beneficial to all.
i recommend this free marketing guide to amateur and professional writers and bloggers. in fact, i recommend this to anyone who does marketing and wants to see positive results - whether they be short or long-term ones.
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