Adding Your E-Book to Smashwords
Before you publish your e-book at Smashwords, you’ll likely need to make changes to your Word manuscript. Smashwords works by running your manuscript through its proprietary (and unpleasant-sounding) Meatgrinder feature. It creates published versions of your e-book in multiple formats, to give readers as much choice as possible — without creating extra work for you.
The following sections explain how to fine-tune your manuscript formatting and then upload the final version to Smashwords.
Following the Smashwords guidelines
You can download the Smashwords Style Guide for free at
The Smashwords Style Guide has quite a bit of information to review, but Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords, wrote the guide in a beginner-friendly way — you definitely don’t need to be a technical expert to use it. Read the guide before starting to format your e-book.
If you follow the instructions in Chapter 4 for formatting a Word manuscript, you shouldn’t have much work to do. Follow this crucial advice:
The manuscript must contain no more than four consecutive line breaks anywhere. If you insert lots of line breaks in the front matter of your e-book or between sections or to end chapters, for example, you have to take them out.