RRS Roundup: Free Books on Writing

This week on Read it! Review it! Share it! I’m going all practical! I’m still a crazy rebel indie-style something wicked bad. But everyone needs a couple of free resources for juicing their creative endeavors every now and then. So have at ’em. Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success (Smashwords Guides) This is the latest by … Read more RRS Roundup: Free Books on Writing

Smashwords: Publishing’s Rented Mule

GreenPorch Winter of eReadingNot that I would ever beat a mule of any sort, but you know how the saying goes. If the eVerse has a rented mule, it is Smashwords.

This fact is partly due to the fact Smashwords is practically a grey-haired veteran of the electric publishing world. Started in May 2008, it’s ancient in the eBook world. But the reasons for maligning the eBook publishing and distribution platform are as diverse as the books Smashwords spits out through its “meat grinder” software.

Some fart in Smashwords’ general direction due to its complete lack of quality control. (They will publish anyone willing to format their content to meet their meat grinder requirements.) Some thumb their noses due to the fact that Smashwords is anti-DRM (Digital Rights Management, or Drunken Rowdy Monkeys).

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Smashwords Challenge

The time has come. Whether you inhale or not, it is time to get your free Fistful of Reefer from Smashwords.com. (Don’t worry about the free thing. I’ll ask you to buy it next week from Amazon in my next post. I know, so demanding!) [dropcap2]F[/dropcap2]istful of Reefer has skyrocketed up the “Best Seller” chart … Read more Smashwords Challenge