Today online writing community Smashwords announced that they had published 20,000 eBooks. In honor of the growing online writers, we are highlighting our Best Online Fiction Writers list as part of our Top Stories of Summer series.

Last week we began chronicling the top 15 stories in eBook news from the summer, to catch up all of our readers returning from summer homes and Caribbean yacht trips. One such story was the launch of our Best Online Fiction Writers list.

We’ve asked community leaders from online writing sites to offer hand-picked recommendations from their communities for our Digital Writer Spotlight column. And we are using this info to feature writers on this page, building a directory of the Best Online Fiction Writers. This constantly updated list will be your guide to the crowded, but inspiring, world of socially networked writing communities. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.

Here are a few of the featured authors:

Marc Aucoin: “a 31-year-old writer from Vancouver, BC, Canada. What do I write? Poetry, short stories, children’s books, and I now have first drafts finished for two novels.”

Danae Ayusso: “I’m a new author that started in January of 2009 and has written over a million words since starting.”

Greg Bennett: “The tools that a mathematician creates to look at the world around themselves can be applied to writing too. You don’t have to believe me, but it’s true.”

Pia Ehrhardt: “I’m a fiction writer, a contributing editor to Narrative Magazine, and a court watcher down at Tulane and Broad.”

Abigail Gibbs: “I’m a fifteen year old blonde-vegetarian-emo-music-junkie with a posh English accent who loves to write.”

Tricia Heighway: “[She] gave up a long and successful nursing career in July 2008 following a neck injury which left her with permanent nerve damage in her right hand. She decided to try and be a full time writer instead.

Scott Kelly: “Writing is my entire purpose in life and the only measure by which I judge my self-worth. I have a B.A. in literature and love to critique artist’s work.”