The Alliance of Independent Authors is an advocacy organization that works to further self-publishing in the book industry. One of the many ways the group works for authors is in providing up-to-date and continuous information as resources for authors. As part of its Choosing a Self-Publishing Service 2014 guide, Alli examined the opportunities authors have for assistance in publishing their works, and has awarded ebook distributor and self-publishing platform Smashwords its first ever Self-Publishing Service Award.
“When doing this job, it can sometimes seem as if the entire industry is rife with charlatans, and so it’s nice to find companies like Smashwords whose goals are in total sync with authors. Their philosophy is simple and their motivation is clear. In order for them to make money, authors have to make money. They don’t charge for anything except selling your book… What they do…what they are driven by…is the same thing that drives you, as an author. Their goal is to deliver the best product and negotiate the most favorable deal for authors,” explained one of Alli’s industry watchdogs, Giacomo Giammatteo, in a blog post.
Orna Ross, Alli’s founder, added, “I’d like to personally congratulate Mark Coker and the Smashwords team and I look forward to presenting this award to Mark at Book Expo America next week.This award is an acknowledgement of excellent service to writers and will be given annually, its key criterion being that the service puts the needs of authors and readers first, unfortunately a missing component for too many services in the sector.”
Smashwords has arguably been one of the largest driving forces in the current state of indie authorship. By establishing distribution deals with not only all of the major ebook retailers and a host of often overlooked, lesser known retail platforms, Smashwords has also inked distribution deals with Scrib, Oyster, and OverDrive, giving indie authors the chance to put their works in subscription-based and public library lending opportunities.
Mark Coker, CEO and founder of Smashwords, will be presented with this award on Friday, May 30th, at the BookExpo Author Hub in New York.