Delays

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in Uncategorized | 13 comments

So I’m swallowing my frustration. I want everyone to know that Exiled is coming to B&N. I promise. I think. Maybe.

For those of you that don’t live in Canada, here’s the thing: Everything to do with Indie Publishing, is just a little bit tougher when you’re up here.

First, I can’t publish directly to Amazon.ca. I must go through the US site. This is fine. However, my book won’t show up on Amazon.ca either. I have to redirect all my Canadian comrades to the US site. This isn’t really a big deal, just a matter of inconvenience.

Second, I can’t just collect a check. Well I can, but then I loose 60% of the money my book makes. 30% to the Canadian Revenue Agency for taxes, and 30% to the IRS. Amazon, Smashwords, and all affiliates automatically take 30% for the IRS. On the plus side, Canada has a tax treaty with the US, which means I can get that 30% withholding taken off. But it’s a chore.

I need a letter from Amazon or Smashwords. Amazon would be the perfect choice, since 95% of sales – so far – come from there, but I have yet to meet an author who has gotten this letter from Amazon. Smashwords however, is GREAT at getting the letter to their clients. All you need is to make $10 in sales and then request it. Wait 6 weeks, you get the letter. Fill out a IRS form, send it to the IRS. Wait 4 – 8 weeks, get a TAX ID number. Send that in another form to all distributors who cut you a check.

It isn’t so much work, as it is just patience. I’m still learning the latter.

What is all this ranting about?

To tell you there is a B&N coming for all your Nook needs :). If you can’t wait – and I hope you can’t wait – you can download EXILED for any eReader at Smashwords.

In happy-non-ranting news: My paperback proof should, and I stress the words should, be here this week. When it comes, as long as it checks out and I approve, I will post pictures, of me, with book, possibly dancing. Maybe. If not, you can count on me smiling!

Oh! And I almost forgot: If you’re reading this, you just qualified for the SuperTasticAwesome Club (STAC). Welcome aboard. Enjoy your stay on the SS Matty. Bumpy rides are almost a guarantee on all flights, but we are sure to entertain you.

That is all. Happy Wednesday!