Smashwords Style Guide

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The Smashwords Style Guide has helped thousands of authors produce and publish high-quality ebooks. This free guide offers simple step-by-step instructions to create, format and publish an ebook. It's required reading for any author who wants to distribute their book via Smashwords to major ebook retailers such as Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, & Kobo. Revised September 24, 2014. More
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About Mark Coker

I'm Mark, founder of Smashwords. Our mission is simple: we want to create the world's single best ebook publishing and distribution platform for our indie authors, publishers, literary agents and retailers.

I'm co-author with my wife of Boob Tube, a novel that explores the wild and wacky world of Hollywood celebrity. I also wrote the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book for free), the Smashwords Style Guide (how to format, produce and publish an ebook) and The 10-Minute PR Checklist (helps entrepreneurs and business managers think more strategically about public relations. It's not written for authors, though some authors find it valuable.).

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.

Write me at first initial second initial at you know where dot com (though please direct all support inquires to the "comments/questions" link you'll find on any Smashwords page).

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Review By: conradfranco
An Acrostic eBook Review by Conrad Franco, Jr. on Mark Coker's Smashwords Style Guide #ebookreview 013.20171226
Nemo James reviewed on Jan. 30, 2021
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In the "Style Guide" it says to use the Microsoft word Table of Contents for navigation, which I did. My document was rejected and the reason given "don't use the word Table of Contents, you have to use bookmarks instead. You can't win.
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Anne Flint reviewed on Dec. 19, 2020

Stan Arnold's review has this in a nutshell. It is nearly impossible to figure out what is actually wrong and then how to fix it. Change a single word of your version and you are back to the same issues again. If they know what the issues are, why don't THEY fix them.
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Stan Arnold reviewed on Oct. 22, 2020
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I've been with Smashwords, as an addition to the excellent Kindle, since 2013. It has always been a nightmare to publish novels on here. You just have to get the slightest thing wrong and your novel is refused. The Guide is just as useless. That said, the support staff are excellent and patient, and in the end (usually after a month of trying) they will do it for you. Smashwords has a fantastic reach, but once I had my books up there, the idea of amending some text, fills me with dread and I leave well alone. If Smashwords works for you, congratulations.
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Homeira Norouzi reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020
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Thank you
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Lynne Stanshine reviewed on Sep. 9, 2020

Style Guide walks you through the basic needs for formatting your book. Invaluable.
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E Jean Simpson, BEd, BA, MA reviewed on April 4, 2020

Thanks. Lots of information. Fingers crossed that I caught everything.
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JL reviewed on Jan. 30, 2020
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Uh, in 2020, advice on Word 2000 & 2003 isn't so useful?
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Ms. Vues and Reviews reviewed on Jan. 25, 2020

short and sweet, thank you
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HM Iraheta reviewed on Dec. 19, 2019

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Wayne Robinson reviewed on Nov. 2, 2019
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A bit disappointed. Trying to download the style guide to correct the autovetting and having problems locating it. Very confusing site here. Spending waaaay too much time than I ever expected.
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