Introducing the Smart Author Podcast

Smashwords is pleased to introduce the Smart Author Podcast.

Whether you're new to ebook publishing or you're already a New York Times bestselling author, the Smart Author Podcast will help you reach more readers with your words.

A short preview trailer launched this week. Give it a listen now at Apple Podcasts, or visit any of the links at the bottom of this post.

Next Friday, October 27, marks the official launch when we'll release the first four episodes. Subscribe now at Apple Podcasts so you don't miss a single episode!

You might wonder, does the world need yet another podcast on self publishing? We think the answer is YES!

Smart Author: A Masterclass in Ebook Publishing

Smart Author offers a free masterclass on ebook publishing best practices.

If the publishing world feels confusing or chaotic to you, Smart Author will help you cut through the clutter and focus on what really matters.

Smart Author shares the the foundational building blocks every author needs to master each stage of of the indie author journey.

The episodes are presented in a logical, serial order that will help every writer of every experience level master these foundational elements. Each episode builds on the episodes that precede it.

Smart Author begins with the most basic fundamentals - an overview on the top 7 trends shaping your future as an author - and then takes writers incrementally, step-by-step, to more advanced topics.

Over the course of the first eight episodes, you'll learn proven best practices that most indie authors DON'T yet implement. These best practices will give authors a significant advantage. Authors who implement these best practices sell more books than authors who don't.

You'll learn practical, no-nonsense advice. You won't find ephemeral whiz-bang gimmicks or short cuts. Instead, you'll learn evergreen best practices that will serve you just as well ten years from now as they'll serve you today.

Armed with this knowledge, you'll be ready to publish with greater pride, professionalism and success. And if you're a fan of all the other great podcasts out there that touch of these subjects, Smart Author will help you get more of them as well.

Smart Author Release Schedule

Friday, October 27 will be our official launch day, followed by a month-long launch as we release new episodes. We'll release the first four full episodes all at once on October 27, followed by one episode a week through the end of November. The releases will continue into December.

Please visit your favorite podcast source and subscribe today.

Here's what's coming:

  • E0 - Trailer (out now)
  • E1 - 7 Trends Shaping the Future of Authorship (23 minutes) Releases 10/27
  • E2 - Introduction to Ebook Publishing (37 minutes) Releases 10/27
  • E3 - Best Practice Secrets of the Bestselling Authors (74 minutes) Releases 10/27
  • E4 - How to Sell More Ebooks with Preorders (23 minutes) Releases 10/27
  • E5 - Working with Beta Readers (23 minutes) Releases 11/3
  • E6 - Marketing to Libraries (21 minutes) Releases 11/10
  • E7 - Smashwords Survey 2017 (51 minutes) Releases 11/17
  • E8 - The Art of Delusion (27 minutes) Releases 11/24
  • E9 - The Indie Author Manifesto (Releases early December, 2017)
  • And more on the way!

Where to listen and subscribe

The podcast is available at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Google Play and just about everywhere else fine podcasts are found.