So, I promised a while back that I would post about what I learned from using Smashwords. Fuck, but it is hard to post about something that you still haven't figured out how to do!
Let me elaborate: I am a writer. That is the process I am good at; the one I enjoy. While I am fairly competent at using a Word program, somewhat capable of throwing an adequate image together for a cover and can convert a file or two - I just became completely overwhelmed with Smashwords. I don't seem to have the techno-geek gene that makes it easy to translate my filthy little writing gems into ebook masterpieces.
For some reason, while I did have to spend an afternoon in complete concentration to do the whole Kindle thing, once I did it, it wasn't that big of a deal. Mobi Pocket Creator made it all a snap. I understand that is not the case for Mac users (I'm a PC). I still love and appreciate that Mark Coker has put together a great (and free!) style guide for Smashwords, but I'm still not sure I can wrap my brain around it.
I am not giving up - I know I can get it together if I really force myself to - but it is not my natural area of expertise. In the meantime, I did come across an excellent resource for ebook self-pubbing, Who Dares Wins Publishing, and they are advertising an online workshop for November that teaches ebook publishing options:
If I can't force my ebooks into submission for Smashwords (or any of the other ones out there) by then, I think the $30 would be well-spent.