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Every Hidden Thing – more e-publishing tips from a novice

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While I’m on the subject of e-publishing: there are just a few points I’d add to what I said yesterday: It is important to read Smashwords’ very exhaustive instructions on how to publish with them. I was a bit slow about these, and only found out down the line that I had to contact the IRS in Texas and ask for tax treaty exemption. ( I found out that South Africa has a tax-exemption treaty with the US; find out if your country has the same). This has delayed the process somewhat, but even there, Smashwords instructions were very helpful. They also have a letter you can download and send with your application. I suggest anyone going this route should apply timeously for this document. (Unless you want to pay tax at home and in the US!) I have been able to request ‘deferred payment’ so as not to delay the publishing process. And set up a PayPal account if you don’t have one already.
Just a word here about FREE publishing. I spent quite a bit over the years on various items such as printing of my manuscript( several times) in order to revise a printed version and when I was almost ready to list on Smashwords, the formatting costs about $40 dollars. I once got very good advice from Writers Workshop that cost about £80 for a 5000 word sample.Keep you slips. When you are actually earning money, you can claim the expenses as a tax deduction. To list on Smashwords if free. Obviously they charge a percentage of sales but you get a good 60% of sales.
I LIKE that. With formal publishing, if you sell a book for $100 you can expect to get a lovely useful $7 per book! Unless you sell millions of copies a la Harry Potter, in which case you can buy the publishing house any way!


Author: booksdefineme

I have always been surrounded by books. My parents had books, books and more books. I haunted the library as a child and when I grew up I worked in books shops. When I had children and they went to school I ran the school library. And my husband keeps on telling me there are too many books in the house. They somehow seem to pile up on every available surface almost of their own volition. I fight back and donate mounds of them to the local library but somehow it is a losing battle. I just find more taking their place! For the last eight years or so I have been wrestling with writing a novel and what a fierce tussle it is. I am about to publish this magnum opus in a few weeks time. I feel as I did when I gave birth to my children; nervous but excited!

One thought on “Every Hidden Thing – more e-publishing tips from a novice

  1. Sound advice.

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