It's quite a few years since I gave up on Smashwords. I found loading books to Amazon was easy, simply using MS Word's structure for headings, paragraphs and the like. But to load a book to Smashwords, I basically had to start again, ditching all those lovely headings and replacing them with laboriously created hyperlinks. It was a time-consuming, frustrating pain in the posterior.
It's ironic, really, that Smashwords and Draft2Digital have kind of merged. Mark Coker's 'meatgrinder' – the software that massaged Word files into mobi, epub, pdf etc, was the reason the folks at D2D decided to produce a better product that took advantage of Word's structure. It recognized chapter headings and section breaks. When D2D arrived with a much, much easier alternative to Smashwords, like many others I gathered my gear and moved. I still publish all my books through D2D as well as Amazon. What's more, D2D produces a really good looking epub and mobi which we're then permitted to use on other platforms such as Google Play and Payhip.
Since Smashwords still has my email address, I received an email inviting me to participate in their July sale. I suck at marketing, so I figured I'd take a look. And I discovered that instead of submitting to the vagaries of the meatgrinder, I could simply upload an epub file.
The downside of that is if you load an
epub, Smashwords does not create the other alternatives – the mobi, pdf, etc.
That actually didn't bother me. Epub is the most widely used format for ebooks,
so I was happy to stick with that. All my earlier books were still on my
Smashwords account, albeit unpublished. I updated all of them with the latest
epub and cover and reset the alternative formats so that only the epub was
available. Then I uploaded the rest of my catalogue and put them into series.
Using the Channel Manager, accessible from my Dashboard, for each book I
switched off the distribution options that D2D already covered. I also added a link to the Smashwords version for each of my titles in D2D's Books2Read.
Then I added a few books to the July sale – notably my two permafree books, The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy and Black Tiger.
It was a simple way of making my books available in more market places. The wider the better, don't you think?
If you're interested in the Smashwords July sale, here's the link.