Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
Writers can publish an ebook through Smashwords and earn as much as 80 percent of the sale price. The site is open to any works, including poetry.
Great information (as always)
Here's an article that my colleague put together on prepping a manuscript for e-book conversion, whether on Smashwords or Amazon's Digital Text Platform.
She's the one who does Smashwords conversions of clients' (and my) books.
By the way: The books that we have on Smashwords have done pretty well. We've only sold 2 directly from Smashwords, but we have sold bunches through their retailers, such as Barnes and Noble.
I've been working with Smashwords for a while now, and I can vouch for its advantages and disadvantages in regards to my works. I have had days in which I sing its praise and others in which I can't hate anything quite as much as Smashwords. Essentially, they require very specific formatting for their works. The formatting is a result of making it available for every store out there and following the guidelines therein. If you're alright with only selling in Smashwords' store and not on the iPad, Kobo, Sony, or Nook stores, than by all means ignore their style guide. Another problem that I found was that while Kindle is looking to embrace the Serialized fiction model of yonder days long past, Smashwords is very much so against it. My serialized fiction was rejected once they realized what I had been doing. On the positive side, if you have anything else, they are the best resource for getting your works out to as many people as possible.
Smashwords conversion is a fun thing to work through if you already know it, but learning it takes some time. I'm thinking of taking orders to do it for people. If you're interested you can be my first customer.