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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #125 on: July 30, 2013, 02:53:22 PM »
I've got a LS account, but use CS for everything. I've been happy with their service but to be honest, having books in print is not important for me. Selena and Anya can testify that the books look fine.

I price so that the books are a little bit cheaper than paperbacks in local bookshops, since I sell my print books at cons locally.

I got all the documentation from LS and just went *AAACCCKK, I have no time for this complicated crap right now!*

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #126 on: July 30, 2013, 04:00:04 PM »
Julie, isn't that the same as Smashwords?  Or do you mean you can pub to Amazon via D2D and get the electronic payments?

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #127 on: July 30, 2013, 11:50:20 PM »
Okayyy just back from marathon cheque session at St. George.
Untrue (to a point) that you can bank multiple cheques and only be charged $10.50 for the first and 50c per cheque after that - because they bundle them in lots of 3. It cost $16.70 per bundle of 3. And then there was all the fussing about entering them into the system and signing forms. It easily took half an hour.

SJ Woods, I'm terrible at maths, so can't do a hardcore comparison between Payoneer and D2D.

But here's my quick and dirty comparison:

The cheque version:
3 x cheques totalling $1000 will cost you $16.70 to deposit at St. George.   You get $983.30
The D2D version: 10% x $1000 = $100    You get $900
The Payoneer version: 1% x $1000 = $10     You get $990

I think there's a yearly charge with Payoneer, plus a withdraw fee of $3.50.
I only know for certain what the St. George Bank charges are, so I used them as the comparison bank.

(Yep, Patty and Selina's Createspace books look great! And the size they chose looks so much better than the smaller size I chose - just looks like a lot more book :))

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #128 on: July 31, 2013, 12:23:27 AM »
The main problem with foreign currency cheques is the outrageous exchange rates the banks use. I worked in a bank previously and it costs around 0.15% margin for a normal foreign exchange. I'm pretty sure banks get away with 3-5%.

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #129 on: July 31, 2013, 12:30:15 AM »
I do wish they'd fix the 5pm, 6pm, and sometimes 6:30pm hiccups on KBoards :(

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #130 on: July 31, 2013, 07:10:27 AM »
Thanks JB. I think that might have been the post I saw initially! The costs for LS just don't seem worth it when I really don't expect to sell many paperback copies. If I do, I might reconsider. :)

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #131 on: July 31, 2013, 01:24:07 PM »
Thanks JB. I think that might have been the post I saw initially! The costs for LS just don't seem worth it when I really don't expect to sell many paperback copies. If I do, I might reconsider. :)

Yes, that's pretty much where I am at too.

JB :)

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #132 on: July 31, 2013, 01:51:34 PM »
Julie, isn't that the same as Smashwords?  Or do you mean you can pub to Amazon via D2D and get the electronic payments?
Kathryn, D2D is a lot easier to use (more author friendly) than Smashwords, and yes, you can pub via D2D to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple AND be paid by EFT. Customer service there is excellent, too.

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #133 on: July 31, 2013, 04:17:38 PM »
Good morning all :)

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #134 on: July 31, 2013, 04:19:17 PM »
Morning!
it's 9:18 and I've already got out 1,777 words. May even hit the 3,000 mark before I go to work.
Productivity is my middle name (it's not really, that would be weird)

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #135 on: July 31, 2013, 04:20:38 PM »
Morning!
it's 9:18 and I've already got out 1,777 words. May even hit the 3,000 mark before I go to work.
Productivity is my middle name (it's not really, that would be weird)

Impressive.  I've collected the parcels from the letter box, let the kids out ( cats ;) ), and... and... nothing else :(

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #136 on: July 31, 2013, 04:21:38 PM »
Another nice morning in Sydney!

Better go and write. Also got the edits for my to-be-trade-pubbed book. Ack!

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #137 on: July 31, 2013, 04:30:59 PM »
Can't write today. It's Education Day and I'll be at my kids' school in a few minutes until 12pm
Also, my house is looking like a bomb hit it, so there goes the afternoon....

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #138 on: July 31, 2013, 05:33:33 PM »
Hi everyone!  My goal today is 5,000 words.  Better get cracking...

Have a great day!


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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #139 on: July 31, 2013, 05:53:49 PM »
Well I hit 2,954 before I left for work. Now I just want to go back home and write. It was some of the easiest writing I've done on a long while. Just flowed.

Hope everyone else has a word flowing day!

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #140 on: July 31, 2013, 06:30:16 PM »
It's inspiring to read about the word productivity of you all.

I'm out of action today due to an allergic reaction. My silly body reacts violently to the chemicals in certain perfumes and colognes and other things that emit a smell. I've been trying to sleep it off and it is better - but nowhere near good enough to concentrate on writing. Bummer! I just hate missing out on my planned writing sessions. Never mind, I should be able to slot in an hour or so before work tomorrow.

Best of luck to everyone.

JB :)

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #141 on: July 31, 2013, 06:37:15 PM »
Hope you get some writing done tomorrow JB. And go everyone else planning on achieving lots of words today.

I'm putting new words on pause for a couple of weeks while I concentrate on final edits on my next book. Not getting those done either at the moment though, as I'm sitting at my daughter's trampolining class! My iPad is about to run out of batteries though, so the I shall pull out my proof copy and go through some more.

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #142 on: July 31, 2013, 07:00:03 PM »
Aussie dollar dropped below 90 US cents this morning - lowest it has been in 3 years.  Good news for those being paid in US dollars.  Now if only we could get it down to 60 again...
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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #143 on: July 31, 2013, 07:01:48 PM »
I'm 36 hours from having to deliver my final book to my beta readers. May be freaking out a little  :o

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« Reply #144 on: July 31, 2013, 07:11:01 PM »
Aussie dollar dropped below 90 US cents this morning - lowest it has been in 3 years.  Good news for those being paid in US dollars.  Now if only we could get it down to 60 again...
I saw that this morning too. Good for getting paid, but I buy a lot of mp3s and records from overseas (DJ every now and again). Oh well, can't win em all

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #145 on: July 31, 2013, 07:53:51 PM »
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Aussie dollar dropped below 90 US cents this morning - lowest it has been in 3 years.  Good news for those being paid in US dollars.  Now if only we could get it down to 60 again...

I remember those days.  I used to write for a web site and get almost double the money with the exchange rate! Think I'm going to have to curb my internet shopping though.

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #146 on: July 31, 2013, 08:00:12 PM »
Bwahahahaha!!

Kobo BBoS. All my nice numbers. Gone!

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #147 on: July 31, 2013, 08:38:37 PM »
Bwahahahaha!!

Kobo BBoS. All my nice numbers. Gone!

Hasn't hit my account yet... I'll be sad when it does, I had a nice month last month!
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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #148 on: July 31, 2013, 09:00:54 PM »
My KDP is not nearly as interesting.

Anyway, the Kobo situation has already been mitigated by a couple of nice buyers in Canada and Australia.

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #149 on: August 01, 2013, 12:45:24 AM »
BBoS all reset... time to start the nail-chewing again.