A blog by Nikki Dudley about the gaps in everyday life...


Monday, 17 September 2012

Non-US self-publisher? Find help!

Hi all,

I've been having nightmares trying to sort out my tax details for publishing with Amazon KDP, Createspace and Smashwords. If you are a non-US self-publisher, you will be charged 30% tax on your royalties by the US, unless you get this special number to exempt you.

I'd heard about the ITIN, which is meant to be the number for individuals, taking months on end to arrive. Plus, lots of notarizing passports and paperwork. It sounded horrific.

Luckily, I stumbled across a site, run by an author called Catherine Ryan Howard, who upon experiencing similar hell, has gotten another author to find a simpler route. You can apply for something called an EIN, which is fine if you act as a self-employed author.

When they ask what type of business you are applying for, this worked for me: ‘I’m a self-employed author registering for compliance with withholding for Amazon.com’.

Anyway, here is the amazing blog here: http://tinyurl.com/8o2bxl3

I hope it saves you hours of trouble too!


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Creating an ebook - the toil

I have just spent a significant amount of time formatting the word document of my second novel, Semblance, into ebook format for Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.

Although it took me some time and I wanted to smash the computer a few times, I'm actually really pleased with the final products. I just hope when I upload them, there aren't too many errors! I may well curse the decision not to pay someone else to do it.

I'm am very excited that very soon, Semblance will be available for people to buy! My expectations of sales are not massive. The main thing for me is to get the sequel to Ellipsis out there.

If any of you are interested in the blurb for Semblance, here it is:

In this thrilling sequel to Ellipsis, Richard Mansen embarks on a desperate search for his missing cousin, Thom. Whilst Alice attempts to rebuild her life, she is haunted by Richard's suspicion and the secret that Thom has taken with him.

As both Alice and Richard struggle with conflicting emotions of loss, love, and acceptance; they are hurtled towards a dramatic conclusion that neither of them can escape.

The only question left is who will survive when the truth is finally revealed?

From the writer of psychological thriller, Ellipsis, comes its electrifying climax. 
I will keep you all updated on the release date and I hope a few of you will purchase a copy. There will be a special deal for the first few days after release so I will keep you informed!


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