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
Ban Fee reviewed on May 4, 2020

If other people can read this and both,
Understand it.
Not fall asleep.
They are Gods.
It took me an hour and a half to get to page 30 following every detail. After that I couldn't understand a word and there were 50 odd pages to go. I came here with the old '3 easy steps,' lure and got a 84 page technical monstrosity of a manual to learn.
Anyway I don't have Word so I'll have to go somewhere else... very sad.
(review of free book) reviewed on April 4, 2020

Thanks. Lots of information. Fingers crossed that I caught everything.
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Suzanne Spittal reviewed on Feb. 11, 2020
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Nothing to read....just some advertising for Bitcoin???
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John Bottrill reviewed on Feb. 3, 2020
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Doesn't work. I just get a lot of jangly noise, but no text
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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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Janice Krecz Colon reviewed on Oct. 30, 2019

Sending a big Thank You Mark for Smashwords. I am Releasing my first children's book on 11/11/19 and second book to follow. I listened to your Podcast over and over and found it very helpful. So why am I still feeling nervous. Guess in time I will feel more confident as I continue to reach my long, long time goal as an Author. Thank you again, this has been a Blessing.
Janice Krecz Colon
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Mantis Funding LLC reviewed on Oct. 17, 2019

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