Smashwords Formatting

Refer to the Smashwords Style Guide (free: for further formatting guidance.

  1. Start by formatting your document using the Basic Formatting guide found in the 'resources' section at 
  2. If you are not publishing directly to Kindle or Nook, follow instructions on the Kindle Formatting and Nook Formatting guides to check your work via mobi format and epubcheck format.
  3. Add a Smashwords copyright statement on the front matter page of your document:


Smashwords Edition, License Notes

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.


  1. Create a Smashwords account at
  2. Click the ‘Publish’ link from the main menu
  3. Choose a price that ends in $.99.  (suggest $.99 for short stories and $4.99 for novels)
  4. Obtain an ISBN
  5. Upload your file and click Publish at the bottom of the page

After you publish:



Fails ePub check

Fails inclusion to Premium Catalogue