Mark Coker founded Smashwords in 2008 to empower writers to self-publish and distribute ebooks. Today, Smashwords has grown to become the world’s leading distributor of self-published ebooks representing over 140,000 authors and small independent presses around the world that publish and distribute over 550,000 books with Smashwords. Mark is an outspoken advocate for self-published authors, a contributing columnist for Publishers Weekly, and the host of the popular SMART AUTHOR podcast where he teaches evergreen best practices to help authors publish ebooks with pride, professionalism and success. Mark blogs at https://blog.smashwords.com. Follow Mark on Twitter @markcoker.