Tag Archive | mark coker

10 Trends in Self-publishing

Mark is in the know in the self-publishing world. He delivers 10 tends – some of which are good new for authors looking to self-publish, some not so good.

Smashwords’ Mark Coker deilvers keynote at Self-Publishing Book Expo « TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.

How Authors Can Survive Among the Glut of Ebooks

Mark Coker of Smashwords gives us some grim statistics, but also shares some very concrete ways to keep on keepin’ on.

I agree – looking at the long haul is the way to go. I first published in 2008 and I still get sales from that first book. For me, it’s never been about the big launch with big first sales – though there is some of that, of course. It has been more about staying the course, keeping up with my writing and publishing, picking and choosing my marketing strategies and learning new things with each new book I publish (Just published book #6 – Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up). I don’t exclusively write and publish – I do have a day job (that I love, by the way, because it’s helping others publish!), but I am not tossing in the towel because there are a lot of others writing and publishing these days. In fact, I encourage people to write and publish (through the writing and publishing workshops I do for libraries and school children). I think there is room for everyone!

Thanks for the insights, Mark!

Nice illustrations Elizabeth!


Smashwords: 2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunties for Indie Authors

Mark Coker of Smashwords shares and sums up the results of his companies 2014 survey. I must read for any author looking to or in the self-publishing game.

Smashwords: 2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunties for Indie Authors.

Promote your book(s) on Smashwords “Read an Ebook Week”

I wanted to make sure everyone knows about Smashwords’ ebook promotion called “Read an Ebook Week.”RAEWbanner1

The event is happening from March 2 – 8th and allows you to offer your ebook from 25 – 75% off or FREE! It’s a great way to work with Smashwords and other indie authors to promote each other. Go to: http://www.smashwords.com/dashboard/sitewidePromo  to sign yourself up. If you’re not selling on Smashwords, it’s not hard to set yourself up on the site. Once you’ve signed up, Mark Coker, the owner of Smashwords, will send you an email with lots of helpful links for the event.

Set yourself up then put notices on facebook, twitter, your website…
See you there!

Hit the Ebook Bestseller Lists with Preorders – A Guide to Preorder Strategy

Mark Coker of Smashwords posted this very helpful information on setting up preorders for you next new book release. I have never done this but plan on doing it now.

Thanks Mark for this very good information. Another tool for your next book launch.

Smashwords: Hit the Ebook Bestseller Lists with Preorders – A Guide to Preorder Strategy.

Smashwords: New Smashwords Survey Helps Authors Sell More eBooks

smashords logoThis is a must read for any writers aspiring to self-publish thanks to Mark Coker from Smashwords and the RT Booklovers convention in Kansas City last week. Smashwords: New Smashwords Survey Helps Authors Sell More eBooks.