How to Self-Publish Your Book to Smashwords

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 10.19.39 PMSmashwords, personally, is my least favorite retailer/dashboard, for various reasons—so I thought I’d do a little walkthrough, podcast-style, for my peeps at The Book Lounge!

Once again, this is another of those “I’ll come back in later and type out instructions” (gotta save my wrists where I can, which are aching pretty badly tonight and I still need to do some actual writing). Thanks for putting up with my ultra-tired, overworked babbling. 😉

Show Notes:

This tutorial walks you through:

  • step-by-step instructions to publish an ebook on Smashwords
  • how to assign a free ISBN to your Smashwords ebook
  • how to opt in or out of “channels” (AKA retailers)
  • creating a series on Smashwords



Do make sure that, if you choose to distribute to libraries, you go into Dashboard > Pricing Manager to set the price for libraries

Also, if you are writing under multiple pen names, see this help article.

And a correction: Smashwords does not accept .rtf files.

Shout out to Chelsea Barnes for teaching me all about the benefits of getting your ebook into Overdrive!

As always, if you feel the need to leave a tip, you can buy me a coffee via PayPal or pick up one of my books. If you’re as strapped as I am, though, a heartfelt comment is plenty.

Free free to ask any questions in the comments or via email; there is no comment too “stupid.” I am here to help!

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