For many of us who write, Amazon is the default “go to place.” And that’s for good reason! Statistics show that the majority of sales of digital content comes from there.
However, if you talk with any content creator, they’ll always tell you that you need to find as many ways as possible to extend the life (and expand the reach) of your content. That means finding multiple outlets and various formats that the same information can be disseminated in.
I’ve been hearing about Smashwords for years, but have never taken the time to study or appreciate its unique properties.
Recently, I was spending some time on Udemy, looking at the latest course offerings there and looking for those that might be suitable for my readers, when I came across one called “Self-Publishing with Smashwords.”
I decided to scan the content and listen to the promo video, and by the time I was done with that, I knew I needed to take a closer look.
I introduced myself to the instructor, Jason Matthews, who proved to be a very knowledgeable man when it came to self-publishing with Smashwords.
I took the course and, when all was said and done, here’s the review I left for it.
In 26 lessons, Jason walks you through things like:
- What makes Smashwords special.
- Formatting your content for Smashwords.
- How to handle your Table of Contents so that Smashwords likes it.
- Special considerations when it comes to cover design.
- How to choose the right file format for uploading your content to Smashwords.
- The next steps to take after submitting your content to Smashwords.
- Publishing extras that will make your work stand out from the others.
In all, there’s about 90 minutes of content to the course.
As is my nature, I listened to most of it at 2x speed, so was done in under an hour, including taking notes. But the great thing about Udemy course content is that the platform makes it very easy to speed up, slow down, pause and take notes, rewind to repeat, and anything else you need to do in order to grasp the content you’re consuming.
So, if you’ve been wondering how to go about expanding the distribution of your self-published content, and you want to see your book on sites like Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Scribd, Library Direct and many more, this course may be just the thing you need in order to break through the barrier that’s been holding you back.
I know distributing The Plan that Launched a Thousand Books is definitely on my end-of-year plan to put on Smashwords!
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