Mark Coker and his wife self-published their novel Boob Tube, a fictional behind-the-scenes look at the world of soap operas, when their top New York agent was unable to sell the manuscript to a publisher. Frustrated with the outdated practices of the publishing industry, Coker founded Smashwords, a platform for independent writers and publishers to convert their e-books into multiple formats and distribute them to major retailers including Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Komo and, soon, Amazon. Here Coker gives valuable advice to authors who are ready to self-publish their manuscripts.
What should writers look for in a publishing platform?
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