17 episodes

Learn to publish ebooks like a pro. Mark Coker guides you step-by-step from the very basics of ebook publishing to more advanced topics.

Whether you’re considering publishing your first book, or you’re already a New York Times bestselling author, the Smart Author Podcast will help you reach more readers.

You'll learn how to make your ebook more discoverable, more desirable and more enjoyable to readers.

Over 80% of people dream of writing a book one day, yet most are completely unaware of the free self-publishing tools that can make their dream a reality today. And most published authors aren't reaching as many readers as they should because they're not taking full advantage of these amazing tools either. The Smart Author Podcast teaches you how to use these tools.

The Wall Street Journal recognized Mark Coker as one of the industry’s leading movers and shakers in self-publishing. Over the past ten years, Mark has taught thousands of writers to publish ebooks with greater pride, professionalism and success. Mark is the founder and CEO of Smashwords, and the author of several books about ebook publishing.

Access show notes and supplemental information for the Smart Author podcast at https://smashwords.com/podcast

Smart Author Mark Coker

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 82 Ratings

Learn to publish ebooks like a pro. Mark Coker guides you step-by-step from the very basics of ebook publishing to more advanced topics.

Whether you’re considering publishing your first book, or you’re already a New York Times bestselling author, the Smart Author Podcast will help you reach more readers.

You'll learn how to make your ebook more discoverable, more desirable and more enjoyable to readers.

Over 80% of people dream of writing a book one day, yet most are completely unaware of the free self-publishing tools that can make their dream a reality today. And most published authors aren't reaching as many readers as they should because they're not taking full advantage of these amazing tools either. The Smart Author Podcast teaches you how to use these tools.

The Wall Street Journal recognized Mark Coker as one of the industry’s leading movers and shakers in self-publishing. Over the past ten years, Mark has taught thousands of writers to publish ebooks with greater pride, professionalism and success. Mark is the founder and CEO of Smashwords, and the author of several books about ebook publishing.

Access show notes and supplemental information for the Smart Author podcast at https://smashwords.com/podcast

    7 Publishing Trends (E1)

    7 Publishing Trends (E1)

    Trends shaping the future of authorship and book publishing.  Mark identifies seven key trends and explores what these trends mean for your future as an author.  You’ll learn why there’s never been a better time to publish an ebook, and you’ll learn how self-published ebooks enjoy significant competitive advantages over the ebooks from traditionally published authors. Supplemental show notes at https://smashwords.com/podcast

    • 23 min
    eBook Publishing Primer (E2)

    eBook Publishing Primer (E2)

    Introductory primer to ebook publishing. Learn how easy, fast and free it is to self-publish an ebook. Mark Coker presents a complete ebook publishing checklist. You'll learn how to produce, publish, price and promote an ebook. You'll learn how to make your book discoverable and purchasable by millions of readers around the globe.  Supplemental show notes at https://smashwords.com/podcast 45 minutes.

    • 37 min
    Bestseller Secrets (E3)

    Bestseller Secrets (E3)

    Learn 16 secrets of the bestselling ebook authors. Learn the most important best practices for successful ebook publishing. Learn how to make your book more discoverable and more desirable to more readers. We examine pricing strategy, cover design, metadata (what it is, and how it makes your book more discoverable), copyright, piracy, selling to libraries, top retailers, distribution, and preorders. Supplemental show notes at https://smashwords.com/podcast

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ebook Preorder Strategy (E4)

    Ebook Preorder Strategy (E4)

    Sell more ebooks with preorders. Provides in-depth strategy advice for how to create, plan and promote your preorder.  Ebook preorders are one of the most exciting, most underutilized book marketing tools.  Make your next book launch more successful with ebook preorders.  Supplemental show notes at https://smashwords.com/podcast

    • 22 min
    Working with Beta Readers (E5)

    Working with Beta Readers (E5)

    Beta readers help you write a better book.  Learn everything you need to know to plan and organize a successful beta reader round.    26 minutes. Supplemental show notes at https://smashwords.com/podcast

    • 22 min
    Marketing to Libraries

    Marketing to Libraries

    Sell your ebook to libraries. Learn how libraries select, curate and purchase ebooks. Learn how a successful library ebook marketing strategy can help you sell more books at retail as well. Supplemental show notes at https://smashwords.com/podcast

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Orejadeangel2014 ,

This podcast is a publishing masterclass!

Thank you to Smashwords for this brilliant podcast where you generously share insider tips on how to maximize our ebook publishing experience. I am helping my Dad publish his memoirs from World War II this summer and look forward to following your pre-order advice.

LizKuyl ,

Wow!

Wowsers … I have listened extensively to podcasts about publishing, some have been really good. But this, by far, has been the best. I am eternally grateful for all the work and self sacrifice you have done in puting this together AND giving it to us for free.

mistokyo ,

Informative

This podcast was very informative, easy to follow and straight to the point. I loved it and recommend up coming writers to follow it.

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