Contributor

Mark Coker

Founder, Smashwords

Mark Coker is the founder of<a href="http://www.smashwords.com"> Smashwords</a>, an ebook publishing and distribution platform. He's also the host of the <a href="https://smashwords.com/podcast">SMART AUTHOR podcast</a>, where he guides writers on the best practices of professional ebook publishing. Mark's an author, entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor to technology startups. Mark and his wife Lesleyann co-authored <a href="https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3">Boob Tube</a>, a novel that explores the wacky world of daytime television soap operas. Their book was rejected by every major New York publisher of commercial women’s fiction, despite representation by a top NYC literary agency. The experience inspired him to start Smashwords, a free publishing platform that allows authors to instantly publish their work online. Today, Smashwords is the world's largest distributor of self-published ebooks. The company has helped over 130,000 authors around the world publish and distribute over 450,000 ebooks to major retailers such as the Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Scribd and Kobo. Mark has authored three ebooks about ebook self-publishing, including the <a href="https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52">Smashwords Style Guide (how to create and publish an ebook)</a>, <a href="https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/305">The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book)</a>, and <a href="https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/145431">The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success (29 best practices of the most successful ebook authors)</a>. The books have been downloaded over 750,000 times. Mark received his marketing degree from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. He tweets at <a href="http://www.twitter.com/markcoker">http://www.twitter.com/markcoker</a> and blogs at <a href="http://blog.smashwords.com">http://blog.smashwords.com</a>