Author Royalties
May 19, 2013

Non U.S. Authors & the 30% Withholding Tax

Amazon requires all publishers to provide valid taxpayer identification information. Tax withholding and specific requirements vary across Kindle Stores based on whether you are a U.S. person or non-U.S. person

If you’re a non-US author on Amazon, Apple or Smashwords, you can’t have missed the requirement for an EIN from the IRS to claim your full royalty payments. If you don’t have one, they’re required by law to withhold 30% of the royalties you earn until you settle your tax status. It can seem awkwardly complicated to get one but it needn’t be. The following steps are for Australian authors but shouldn’t be too different for other countries. Note, Australia has a reciprocal tax agreement with the US which helps. – Read More –

October 15, 2012

Turning Indie

Taking time out to research your competition is always a good thing

So, I decided to do a little reconnoitering. There’s a lot out there in the world of ebook publishing. Some good, some bad, some downright ugly.

Why any self-published author would elect to have their book converted by people who spell ‘publish’ as ‘publsih’ and ‘kindle’ as ‘kinlde’ (in the one sentence) beggars belief. If they can’t see it on their own website, I wonder how they hope to catch it in a book they’re converting for a client. Go figure. – Read More –

June 4, 2012

Hanging off a cliff edge

Sometimes you feel as if you’re hanging off a cliff edge by your fingertips as your feet dangle over an abyss that’s gleefully waiting for you to fall.

Recent conversation with a friend who’s considering going back into the paid workforce went something like this…
“I need to get a job.”
“Why? You have a business.”
“Everyone says I should and it’s not going well.”
“The business?”
“Yes. I’m not making as much as I thought and it’s tough.”
“Everything’s tough at the moment but that’s not a reason to up and run for the hills. I thought you liked what you do?”
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May 26, 2012

Cover it big

If you’re a writer, you could give your character a Facebook page and chart his/her backstory, complete with photos. An artist can showcase their latest works.

To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of Facebook. As a designer, it looked cluttered and way too busy but I put up a business page anyway. I added tabs, I directed my Tweets to it and then left it alone. I know, shame on me. Here I was telling my clients they should have a business page and I was neglecting my own… woefully.

Well, Facebook has changed and intrigued by the hate it/love it discussions online, I returned to take a peek. I have a new appreciation of it now and I’m throwing my hat in on the side of the ‘love its’. The new page layout with it’s large cover image and timeline acts as a brand story for individuals and business. – Read More –

May 15, 2012

The art of taking advantage

I’ve had the recent misfortune to read a few blogs on the joys of crowd sourcing. Hallelujah screams the crowd, we can get it cheap or so cheap from overseas that it may as well be free. In general, it’s about design. Logo design, web design, book cover design. Design of brochures, business cards, you name it and you can host your own ‘design contest’ and a community of talented designers will compete to create the perfect design for you and you only pay for the design you want to keep. – Read More –

January 28, 2012

Getting on with what you do best

Sometimes I don’t listen to myself. I should. I really should. It would stop me from banging my head on the desk in frustration, muttering ‘never again’ to myself. There are just some people you should never do business with. Never. Ever. Ever. – Read More –

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