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Mark Coker
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Founder of Smashwords, an ebook distributor. Also angel investor, gardener, hiker, battler of squirrels, dreamer, doer, co-author of Boob Tube
Founder of Smashwords, an ebook distributor. Also angel investor, gardener, hiker, battler of squirrels, dreamer, doer, co-author of Boob Tube

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Smashwords has partnered with Romance Daily News, a new online magazine for romance readers launching this week at the #RWA18 conference in Denver.

This innovative partnership leverages Smashwords data, tools, commerce and industry-leading romance catalog. It's a great exclusive book marketing opportunity for Smashwords authors and publishers.
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Smashwords now offers audiobook production and distribution via a partnership with Findaway Voices. Authors and publishers gain greater control over audiobook pricing, rights, and distribution, and all without exclusivity or lockups. http://blog.smashwords.com/2018/03/smashwords-audiobooks.html
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The new 2018 edition of The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide is out! Learn 65 book marketing tips, plus dozens of new ideas to help produce, promote and sell more ebooks. http://blog.smashwords.com/2018/02/65-book-marketing-ideas.html
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This week I unveiled the Smart Author Podcast. It's like a free masterclass in ebook publishing. The trailer is up and live at most major podcast sites including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Soundcloud and TuneIn. Learn more at the Smashwords blog - http://blog.smashwords.com/2017/10/smart-author-podcast.html
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The 2017 Smashwords Survey is out! Each year, I crunch actual ebook sales data, aggregated across the Smashwords distribution network, the goal of identifying potential data-driven factors that make ebooks more discoverable, more desirable and more enjoyable to readers. This year we share some amazing data on preorders. Enjoy!
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BookExpo America is coming to Chicago May 11-13.  This year, they're stepping up their commitment to self published authors.  I'll be there to present three sessions.  Learn more at the Smashwords blog.  Early bird registration ends April 26.
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The Smashwords Survey for 2016 is out!  Learn fresh insights into the self publishing market with new data on top genres, series, box sets, preorder adoption and preorder sales.  The full survey is at the Smashwords blog.
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I posted my annual Smashwords year in review today along with a look-ahead to 2016.  I review the progress the indie author movement has made the last eight years, summarize milestones for 2015 and share some broad themes for what we'll be doing in 2016.  Happy New Year everyone!  Be safe and remember to hug the next author you meet.
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The new 2015 Smashwords Survey is out.  Each year Smashwords analyses over $20 million in verified ebook sales at retail and asks questions of the data.

You'll find 10 key findings at the link, along with a healthy does of caveats.  Here are three of the findings I found most interesting:

1.  eBooks born as preorders earn more sales than books that are simply uploaded the day of release.

2.  Series that have a free series starter earn more income for the author than series that don't have free series starters.

3.  Free as tool for readership-building remains extremely effective, even though many authors have now caught on to this trick.  Free makes it easy for readers to take a chance on a new author they don't yet know or trust.  Once you earn the reader's trust by getting them to spend time with your words, they go on to purchase your priced books.

More at the blog!
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