|The Cover in Question now 1,400 x 2,100+|
Their cover guidelines are crazy as are their TOC guidelines. KDP simply reads your Word TOC. Done. Smashwords, on the other hand, has an entire blog post of 23 paragraphs including one that says this:
Let's say you choose a width of 1,600 pixels. If you want a 1.33 ratio, multiply 1,600 by 1.33 and you get a height of 2,128 pixels. If you think that looks too short and squat, try 1.5. Multiply 1,600 by 1.5 and you get a height of 2,400 pixels. If you want 1.6, or 1.65, multiply by that. Don't obsess too much over the ratio, though. Focus on creating a cover that works best for your book.
|The Original Cover |
Censored for Nudity
What? Come again?
Their TOC guidelines, section 20 of the Smashwords Style Guide (which needs to be downloaded) tells you use NCX (what's that?) or follow this YouTube video (ch-ching -- watch my YouTube views fly up to the moon!). I feel like I'm following scammy, spammy internet marketing. Whatever, Mark Coker! I loved Smashwords. It was easy, it had a great dashboard, it was fair, but the other companies have caught up and you guys are getting bogged down. Perhaps the intentions are good and you are spread too thin trying to please too many companies, but something is amiss right now. It shouldn't take 3-4 tries to get a cover uploaded. It's making Amazon KDP look sensible! Imagine that! And Smashwords look picky. How things have changed over a year.
I really hope that Smashwords gets its act together again because when it runs smoothly it really is quite a resource.
|too bad you can't use a gif cover|