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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #150 on: August 01, 2013, 12:55:44 AM »
I'm 36 hours from having to deliver my final book to my beta readers. May be freaking out a little  :o

I can relate to that. Scary!

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« Reply #151 on: August 01, 2013, 07:08:11 AM »
By the way, can I ask a stupid question'? I'm new to the board and everywhere people keep talking abotu BBoS...what on earth are they talking about??

Hsin-Yi

I was wondering about the same thing!


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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #152 on: August 01, 2013, 12:48:59 PM »
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I'm new to the board and everywhere people keep talking abotu BBoS...what on earth are they talking about??

BBoS = brown bar of shame.  It's that brown line you get on your sales report when you have NO sales.  So, at the beginning of the month everyone has them because your sales are set back to zero.

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #153 on: August 01, 2013, 04:02:44 PM »
Morning all... aah, the banks are already calling me at this hour of the morning, have they no shame :(

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #154 on: August 01, 2013, 04:31:55 PM »
Morning all... aah, the banks are already calling me at this hour of the morning, have they no shame :(

I didn't think banks even opened this early...  :P
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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #155 on: August 01, 2013, 04:59:18 PM »
BBoS = brown bar of shame.  It's that brown line you get on your sales report when you have NO sales.  So, at the beginning of the month everyone has them because your sales are set back to zero.

Ah!  Right now, it's everywhere for me except for 1 lone sale in the UK...

Well, back to writing.  Have a productive day, everyone!



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« Reply #156 on: August 01, 2013, 05:08:06 PM »
I didn't think banks even opened this early...  :P

They don't to the public, but their collection team sure does ( I've had calls as early as 8am O_o )

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« Reply #157 on: August 01, 2013, 05:26:52 PM »
Does anyone else actually get Amazon responding to their emails. They used to respond to mine but now... nada. Also, I've heard nothing about being 'paid out'. I made over a $100 last month... when does the payment usually go through (using Payoneer).

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #158 on: August 01, 2013, 10:48:00 PM »
Does anyone else actually get Amazon responding to their emails. They used to respond to mine but now... nada. Also, I've heard nothing about being 'paid out'. I made over a $100 last month... when does the payment usually go through (using Payoneer).

Unless you registered an EIN, your earnings need to be $100 + 30% tax.

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« Reply #159 on: August 01, 2013, 11:40:38 PM »
So do they send you an email if you're getting paid by cheque? I'm sure my earnings should be over that by now, but no email.... (And no cheque.)

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« Reply #160 on: August 01, 2013, 11:43:05 PM »
A quick thought for Australians.
Does the AUS/USD dollar have an effect on your pricing?
I'm assuming not, but with all the doom and gloom about the Aussie dollar I think it might be something to consider.
The dollar is meant to fall a bit further, therefore we make more money per sale. Yay for us!
What about lowering prices? We would still make the same amount but with the ability to have more perceived value for money.

Just a thought, but probably not something that's going to impact my price settings

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« Reply #161 on: August 01, 2013, 11:44:19 PM »
Unless you registered an EIN, your earnings need to be $100 + 30% tax.

And how do I register and EIN?

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #162 on: August 01, 2013, 11:44:52 PM »
So do they send you an email if you're getting paid by cheque? I'm sure my earnings should be over that by now, but no email.... (And no cheque.)

Nope. Amazon communication over payments is really crap. It's very hard to track if they've paid you the right amount.


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« Reply #164 on: August 01, 2013, 11:47:39 PM »
Ah you beat me to the link.
I haven't done it yet but it looks pretty straight forward to do - one phone call and a form to Amazon/etc

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #165 on: August 02, 2013, 12:06:15 AM »
If you havent' got your EIN yet, you can ask Amazon to hold your payments until it's all sorted.  That way you don't need to have the 30% tax taken out. 

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« Reply #166 on: August 02, 2013, 12:19:21 AM »
I made over a $100 last month... when does the payment usually go through (using Payoneer).

Also Amazon pays around 60 days after the month you've reached the threshold.  So if you reached threshold in June, then you'll receive the payment around end of August.


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« Reply #167 on: August 02, 2013, 12:22:48 AM »
Also Amazon pays around 60 days after the month you've reached the threshold.  So if you reached threshold in June, then you'll receive the payment around end of August.

Well then, I have all my answers... Oh man, that means I actually have to do something to get rid of tax. But I'm so unmotivated... *whinges* Why can't I get something for doing nothing? *stamps foot* why?

:) -- Yes, I'll get that done before I get paid so Amazon doesn't get to keep their dirty tax money.

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #168 on: August 02, 2013, 12:37:07 AM »
Well then, I have all my answers... Oh man, that means I actually have to do something to get rid of tax. But I'm so unmotivated... *whinges* Why can't I get something for doing nothing? *stamps foot* why?

:) -- Yes, I'll get that done before I get paid so Amazon doesn't get to keep their dirty tax money.

One answer: Kobo.

I haven't done anything about the tax either, because we have a company and any tax paid in the US is claimable against tax payable in Australia. I earn little on Amazon, and it just doesn't seem worth the hassle, because I get the money in the end anyway.

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« Reply #169 on: August 02, 2013, 12:52:55 AM »
One answer: Kobo.


Yep, when my next book comes out none will be in select and I will be able to distribute accordingly.

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« Reply #170 on: August 02, 2013, 01:12:25 AM »
Yep, when my next book comes out none will be in select and I will be able to distribute accordingly.

Speaking of Kobo... YAAAAAY FINALLY, they updated my covers and prices. Not sure what went wrong but it's been a painful couple of weeks trying to get that sorted out.

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #171 on: August 02, 2013, 01:37:22 AM »
I went through the lengthy and somewhat more expensive process of getting an ITIN instead of an EIN. It was just after I got the ITIN that people started talking about this EIN option and getting me ALL CONFUSED! I feel like I did the wrong thing now, but hey, everyone seems to accept my ITIN so far, soooo... I'm not touching it for now unless I hear otherwise (I'll be asking my accountant about it soon!).

Having also just read The Naked Truth about Self Publishing, I feel even more the distance between Aus and the US in terms of self publishing. The book was awesome, but suggests so many things that aren't open to Aussies. Audio books, for one. ACX is US only, and, even if you produce your own audio book, even Audible (the major distributor) is ALSO US only, so there's no where to distribute it. Joining Romance Writers of AMERICA probably isn't going to happen (and RW of Aus just isn't as big of a thing). Aussies can't get a direct B&N account, can't do Kickstarter (and let's face it, indiegogo is just not the same), etc, etc.

On the up side though, I'm REALLY keen now to get together an ALL AUSSIE AUTHOR support group :)
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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #172 on: August 02, 2013, 01:47:05 AM »
Hi Everyone

I live in Tassie :-)

I've got an EIN and my cheque arrives usually the first week of the month and ANZ charge me $15 to deposit it.

I'm halfway through The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing :-)   A long time ago I was a member of Romance Writers of America.  Australians could join back then (so maybe you can now?) and they had a special non-US chapter you could join as well (not sure if they still have that).

I totally agree about RWAust not being big enough.

I have one perma-free book that I published through Smashwords to get onto Kobo and B&N.

An Aussie support group sounds great!

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Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Reply #173 on: August 02, 2013, 01:52:28 AM »

I'm halfway through The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing :-)   

I think everyone on this forum is reading it right now, lol.
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« Reply #174 on: August 02, 2013, 01:53:53 AM »
Aww... a single thread not enough for us :( :)

I gave up on SmashW a while ago when they clamped down too hard regarding the PayPal/Erotica fiasco, from there I decided I may as well just stick with Amazon, and then when Kobo came to life for international writers I pretty much was content ( since Kobo can deliver ePubs, so that solves the "everyone but Amazon" delivery issue ).