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I just ordered 400 copies. Will order more on Sunday.

I am fairly new to Canada, and I can tell you that CRA (like any tax office) likes to act weird at times. I have a degree in Accounting, and I am the senior financial manager for a tech company; I have been around tax forms, balance sheets, income returns all my life.

As most people have said; if you generate income, you pay taxes on the income you generated. This is income tax. The HST/GST or basically value-added tax is the amount you collect on behalf of a government (keeping it very basic in the definition), where you have to forward that sum to the government (minus your expenses, where you pay to buy stuff with GST added to them).

However, unless you SELL something on your own and write invoices, you have no obligation to pay GST, TVA, KDV, VAT, etc. Amazon has to (do not confuse this with selling stuff without an invoice/unregistered/under the counter.)

You will only pay the generated income tax. If CRA says otherwise, sue them.

Still, if you feel uncomfortable with those forms that are basically designed to confuse you (maybe even on purpose), it is best to go for an accountant. If you do that before mid-March, they don't charge the extra. At least, that is what my firm's accountant has told me.

I just remembered how much I hate accounting =)

Writers' Cafe / Re: "Fresh" covers for an old trilogy
« on: February 16, 2018, 05:57:41 PM »
I agree with what Jim said. Typography can make or break a cover. Arguably, it is more important than the artwork. Your artworks are powerful; they need a loving typographic touch, that is all.

Writers' Cafe / Re: InDesign for KDP? Advice, please.
« on: January 20, 2018, 06:27:22 PM »
InDesign is like Excel. Its capabilities are mindboggling, but sometimes it becomes impossible to do even the simplest things. It takes a while to figure out every detail, but InDesign is a competent program. For print, this is obvious. For epub, it still is capable, but it also needs some love to figure out what is what. There are tons of videos, and templates available for cheap, which includes all the necessary files and information to prepare a final product.

When preparing a manuscript, the first and most important (and timesaving) feature is to remember the master pages and styles. After setting those, it is just a matter of pressing a few buttons/clicking a few buttons.

I am using InDesign for all my print/epub stuff, and I am happy.

That said, there is always room for improvement.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Prawny successes! :)
« on: December 24, 2017, 02:16:47 PM »
I don’t think I have any commercial success, whatsoever, but I released two books I am happy with, and now writing the 3rd. That is more than what I managed to do two years ago =)

I was born in Ankara, Turkey. I recently moved to Toronto with my wife and four cats. I am one of the five partners of a high-tech biomedical research and development company, and I write as a semi-hobby.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can you recommend stock photography websites?
« on: June 07, 2017, 04:04:49 AM »
Shutterstock has the best image library but their prices are horrendous. In the past, when I was working as a graphic designer, they had the monthly download packages with commercial options. Nowadays, their prices are steep and I believe you have to pay extras for commercial licenses.

Still, if money isn't an issue, go for Shutterstock.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Mind giving me feedback about two Ebook covers?
« on: June 07, 2017, 04:01:46 AM »
Thumbnail preview changes perspective. I would STILL go with v2 but would play with the size of words and placing. Instagram needs to be readable. The title may change to refine the message, like instead of "Get your first 10000 Instagram followers", it can be something like First 10000 Instagram followers. Words like "your" seem unnecessary, considering someone would arguably try and get followers for their own Instagram.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would you use aComic style cover for scifi?
« on: June 07, 2017, 03:54:01 AM »
As an author, I go with full illustrated exclusive artworks. It costs more money, of course, but it feels like "home".

I wouldn't say no to more artistic book covers. Comic style or not.

I said it would be problematic regarding the genre borders in my previous post. However, if you are not expecting huge sales or break-evens, go for whatever makes you happy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone else get that sinking feeling...
« on: June 06, 2017, 05:44:29 AM »
I have written three books and recorded 9 albums (around 25 with soundtrack works)

Each project, written or recorded, starts with that feeling. The beginning of each recording session feels like a mountain to climb with bare hands.

It eventually gets easier but starting is always the hardest part. It is the same with everything. A recording session takes around a year or so. The work and patience needed are daunting at first.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would you use aComic style cover for scifi?
« on: June 06, 2017, 05:16:11 AM »
Although I really enjoyed those covers as a sci-fi/fantasy lover, I would probably pass them as I would think they are either comics or teen books. I have a considerable book archive and none of the genre-specific books have that art style. Your effort to create something different is admirable but the borders set by previous authors and releases would be problematic.

Of course, adding additional images inside the book for specific settings, characters etc. Like an RPG rulebook or a monster manual would change things dramatically.

My two cents as a reader (not as a writer).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Mind giving me feedback about two Ebook covers?
« on: June 06, 2017, 05:07:33 AM »
I would be attracted to the second one as a reader. It is modern, fresh looking. The first one looks like one of those 100123123 books shelved near Java / Photoshop / MySQL shelf with the exact same cover.

The second one would make me shuffle the pages at a bookstore to be truthful.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Scrivener for Windows?
« on: November 07, 2016, 02:41:20 PM »
I am also a Scrivener for Windows user, having two copies on two computers- one a Win 7, other one being a 10.

The features are nice and I always use it to write the first draft. I switch to Word only when my editor uses for tracking purposes.

The only issue I had with Scrivener is that once after the Windows 7 to 10 update, the program corrupted the save and its own data files, no longer running (it has several automatic backup files near to the manual one) and I had to revert to a fresh / previous install. I believe it was a Win 7 to 10 update issue as other programs such as Photoshop started acting as well.

Artistic quality.

No matter what the genre is, the cover has to give the feeling of "sweat and blood". I buy close to 200 books a year and the story / writing is the most important thing, sure, but the graphic design, the typography, the "presentation" is the first step.

Too many authors, for the sake of saving some money - I understand this - create books with mediocre covers or with unfitting typography.

As a graphic designer, it hurts my eyes.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Twitter, anyone?
« on: July 15, 2016, 03:21:38 AM »
@oganalp here

I always follow back!

Writers' Cafe / Re: What Is Your Definition of Success as an Author?
« on: July 15, 2016, 03:20:55 AM »
Being able to pay the monthly retirement installation would be a good start.

Being able to sustain my current life standard would be killer.

I never had any dreams of being rich pass the point of being able to do what I do without monetary concerns (like affording the rent and the bills + grocery and the occassional bottle of scotch) but I wouldn't say no to being richer.


You are selling WAY BETTER than my first novel haha!

Seriously, you have to post some step-by-step guide.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Keep Mailchimp Free, Longer
« on: April 10, 2016, 04:27:13 AM »
I rarely open emails as outlook / ipad / gmail app pretty much shows a preview enough to understand the update on my screensaver. I then follow the author / program / software website. I receive around 200 emails a day, almost all of them are non-spam. I cannot simply read every newsletter.

So, not every non-responsive reader is truly non-responsive.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone NOT write every day?
« on: April 10, 2016, 04:17:46 AM »
I cannot write everyday. Life does not allow it at times. I try to write a few days a week at least with 6-10k total to keep things moving forward. Sometimes, things go well and I end up writing 30k-40k a week. But then, life happens and I end up with 200 words in two weeks. March was like that, for example. I was planning to write 30k or so at least. I ended up with 5k because my father got sick and it was pretty much hospitals, doctors and coping with the stress of it.

After coming back from a traumatic hospital experience, all I could think of was to grab a beer or five, sit on my couch and stare at the walls.

Today, I want to write 2k or so, for example, but cleaning lady is here at the moment and she is tearing the house down with her groom. I have to go out shopping with wife after the cleaning lady leaves and if, IF, I have energy left in me at 11pm, I will then write a few words.

It is all about life.

BookButterfly There, done. It is already hard as it is to start from scratch, see lower than low sales and try to understand the system. Adding these kind of disrespectful attitude from a paid service is simply unacceptable. I will not be using them. Thanks for the heads up!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Different Amazon Site Reviews
« on: March 28, 2016, 05:55:06 PM »
Thanks for the info :)

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Writers' Cafe / Different Amazon Site Reviews
« on: March 28, 2016, 07:19:21 AM »
Hello everyone. I just wanted to ask if you know an Amazon comment on shows on . I searched but could not find an answer so far. I got a 5* review at ca site. Qas wondering...

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How I prepared my manuscript for ebook / print = write the book in Scrivener or Word -> switch to inDesign, prepare the print version -> also export it as ebook.

It was fairly easy and without issues but inDesign is a layout program and getting it just for the sake of having easier exports would be an overkill (and there is also the learning curve). I am a designer myself, so I have access to these things.

To be truthful, Createspace's word templates were WAY MORE confusing for me.

Everyone knows that I write. I am quite open with what I am doing. If they do not like it, good for them. My life, my choices.

My first book, a few friends bought. My wife and father are also reading it at the moment.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Be honest, is this an awesome idea?
« on: February 24, 2016, 12:40:57 PM »
There were these books where you picked your own path, which sent you to another page when I was a kid. No idea if they are still around. The idea itself is fun, to give alternate endings, like a game, but having to buy different copies from different shops would irritate me, which means I would prefer not to buy the book. It feels forced on the reader. Maybe if a way could be found not to annoy people, then it may work well.

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