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No Direction Home
by Elizabeth Burns

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Kindle Edition published 2017-05-20
Bestseller ranking: 81281

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Hunter Grayson flits from job to job, relationship to relationship, continent to continent until the tragic death of her parents brings her back to her childhood home. While trying to figure out how to move forward, she meets wild, fun Natalya Haven, who quickly becomes the sister she never had. But when Natalya moves in, their friendship unravels.
A second tragedy sends Hunter to a small town in New Mexico, a town out of her own past. For Hunter, that's more than a coincidence, that's fate. Natalya's family will fill the void in her life. Natalya's parents will become her parents. She and Natalya's brother will fall in love. But nothing is ever that simple. ...

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The Book Corner / Re: Kindle First -- June 2017
« on: Today at 06:07:29 AM »
I finally picked: went with The Man of Legends.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Final Frost! (A dragon epic)
« on: June 21, 2017, 04:24:19 AM »

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The Book Bazaar / Re: New LitRPG Series: Ripcord Online
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:47:55 AM »

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Owner's Lending Library?
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:39:07 AM »
I guess I don't really browse specifically for KOLL books . . . but when a title comes to my attention, I generally wishlist it. If it's in KU -- so probably a KOLL eligible book -- or part of Prime Reading, I put it on one list. If it's not, it goes on a different list. If it's a 'big publisher' title, I look for it via Overdrive with an eye to borrowing it from one of the libraries I subscribe to.

From there the only trick is to keep track of where I got the books on my kindle! There's a definite time limit on library borrows, and I do want to get to any KOLL books quickly enough that I don't 'waste' a month. The Prime reading ones are lower priority since they basically won't expire. And there are still a few favorites that I buy as well as series that I ration myself on so that I don't get either burned out on them, or get to the end before there's another book due. ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Taxes for US authors living abroad?
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:28:43 AM »
Perry:

Find a tax expert

If the link doesn't work . . . I went to www.naea.org and clicked "Find a tax expert", an orange button upper right. On the next page I clicked "find a tax expert" in the middle of the page without entering any location info. That takes you to a page where you can sort by country on the left.

Good luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Taxes for US authors living abroad?
« on: June 20, 2017, 06:56:42 AM »
Very few civilized countries tax earnings from outside the country. (The US is the great exception.) Assuming Japan follows the civilized norm, you would pay taxes on your JP earnings to Tokyo, and on all your other Kindle earnings to Washington.

Indeed,I think it would be best if you also declared your JP earnings on your Schedule C (and on Schedule SE if you clear more than $400). As you probably know, the IRS has gotten hard-nosed about expatriates who dodge taxes, and it might be worth a bit of a tax hit to avoid getting flagged by the system. (And don't forget the questions about foreign bank accounts!)



bolded above: this would almost certainly be the wrong way to report the income. If it's wages, it goes on the line for wages even if wages from a foreign country and paid in foreign currency. As such, it would more likely to cause a flag in the system and correspondence, precisely because national tax agencies are communicating with each other.

Again, for someone in this situation of being an American working/living overseas, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you consult an professional who has experience in your host country.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover & Text Poll
« on: June 20, 2017, 06:48:25 AM »
new to the thread . . . and didn't take the poll because I don't read that much science fiction. But, as regards the most recent post. In the thumbnail your name looks fuzzy and I can't read the title at all. The image is dark and I probably wouldn't know what it was without having seen it large.

I don't know about art or color palettes or layout or font style . . . . that's just what I see when I look at it.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Owner's Lending Library?
« on: June 20, 2017, 05:57:10 AM »
You can only borrow from KOLL via a Kindle or Fire device. You can't do it from your computer or on a tablet or phone with the kindle app. (Sounds like you know that but, just in case. ;) )

It's still around . . . . I got a new KOLL book just last week.

I admit I don't try to browse via the kindle. I have a wishlist of Koll/Prime Reading books that I keep on my computer. When I want to 'trade in' a KOLL book, I pick the next one I want to get from my wishlist and go directly to it on the kindle. I can borrow and return the previous one pretty much in one step.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Taxes for US authors living abroad?
« on: June 20, 2017, 05:21:51 AM »
Anne, this is fascinating stuff, thank you. So as a resident of China and an American citizen, would my self-publishing income also fall under the Foreign Earned Income exclusion? I have a professional file my taxes, but he always asks to see my income statement from my company that shows how much in tax I paid to the Chinese government. My understanding of the Earned Income exclusion was that it was to prevent double taxation - but since I won't be paying Chinese taxes on my self-publishing income I wouldn't be able to use the Earned Income Tax exclusion. If I could claim it - and everyone else could, as well - it would seem to me that successful self-publishers should be flocking to high-quality of life foreign destinations to enjoy that first 100k tax free.

Anyway, again, I know I should consult a tax professional. I do appreciate your expertise and insight, though.

I have no idea what the Chinese government wants to see. But your US return should include both Chinese income and your self employment. And then exclude what you can by law*. Note that if you exclude it from your US return, however,  the presumption is generally that you're paying to the host country whose income tax rates are, in most cases, much higher. Your guy is asking to see your company income statement -- does he know you also have self employment?

*OR, he may not be excluding the Chinese income, but rather taking a foreign tax credit for taxes paid to China. That's another way to do it; perfectly legal. Sometimes the exclusion is better, sometimes the foreign tax credit is better. For some countries the exclusion is not allowed; China may be one of them. And even that can change. If I were you I'd look at the return and then ask the guy to explain how he prepared it and why so you understand what's going on.

And, again, it's NOT Earned Income Tax exclusion -- that's a completely different program. (My name is also not "Anne"; it's "Ann" ;) ) It's the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and applies, in general, to all income earned by a US person while a bona fide resident outside the US. There are some restrictions and 'time in country' requirements that may need to be met to qualify, but you basically don't get to pick and choose what to put on your US return based on what your host country is taxing, or on what you think you have to report to it. You are meant to report it ALL on your US return and then exclude what you can. EVEN IF your income is below the excludable amount, you should file the return and report and exclude it. Remember, many countries are sharing info with each other, so if you don't report it, you may get a notice down the line and have to deal with it then anyway. The notice will start with something like, "You owe us $xx,xxx because you never paid your taxes, also dad $x,xxx in penalty and $x,xxx in interest." It's WAY more trouble -- and possibly more expensive -- to resolve such a letter than to just file the return properly the first time.

Bottom line: It's a HUGELY complex issue, and there may be different rules depending on the country you're living/working in. It is foolish, in my opinion, to try to do navigate without the assistance of a professional who has experience with your particular situation. For those to whom this is a new thing, check the membership of www.naea.org -- the The National Association of Enrolled Agents -- I bet they have a member in your host country who can help you out.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Ugly Girl Party
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:59:22 AM »

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's fake book problem
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:35:18 AM »
Slightly off the argument on hand and back towards the first of this, my daughter downloaded a free book two days ago on her kindle. Last night she was telling me, that while she really enjoyed the second book in this book, she was annoyed that only the first chapter was at the beginning then she was directed to go to page something like 372 ( I don't remember the number) to read the rest of the first book. I've read a lot of you guys complaining about this, but it's the first time I have actually seen it. I know she downloaded it from the top 100 free list by genre  because I showed her how to find that the same day she downloaded the book, after she expressed issues finding free books.

I personally hardly ever download free books because a few months back I ran into three or four in a row that were single chapters from a dozen different books geared at getting me to buy the full version of each. That being said I have downloaded a few that were legit books in the past that I did continue on to read and purchase  the sequels, but these experiences certainly can put a sour taste in readers mouth.

That's something I'd report to Amazon on the book page for sure and also by complaining to kindle CS and maybe even an email to jeff@amazon.com.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Taxes for US authors living abroad?
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:29:38 AM »
Disclaimer: I'm not a CPA, and could be very wrong, but I believe you would still qualify for the earned income credit as long as you're paying taxes in Japan. The U.S. has tax treaties with several countries to avoid double taxation. You would still have to pay self employment taxes to the U.S. though. I heard good things about this tax company for expats: https://www.greenbacktaxservices.com/

My wife is from W. Tokyo and we're looking at moving back there this fall, so this has been on my mind as well.

The earned income credit is a completely different animal. It's a credit available for fairly low income persons, usually those with kids. And you have to be a full year resident of the US so it doesn't apply if you lived any part of the year in another country.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Taxes for US authors living abroad?
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:28:26 AM »
I'm hoping to be able to go full-time and return to Japan in the next year, so I'm curious about how taxes are handled. With a foreign employer in Japan, I get to claim the foreign-earned income exclusion on anything under a certain amount (around $90K or so). But if that money is coming from Amazon, that's not a foreign employer, so how does that work? Do I get double-taxed in both America and Japan?

US citizens are taxed on their world wide income. Foreign earned income is excludable up to a certain amount and, in some cases, housing costs may be figured to increase the excludable amount. This doesn't mean you don't have to file if you don't make that much money; you still file the return but can exclude qualified foreign earned income. You'll still pay tax on unearned income -- rental income, interest and dividends, retirement income, etc.

In general, "foreign earned income" means income you earn while you are a bona fide resident in a foreign country. It includes income paid by a foreign company, income paid by a US company while you are working/living in a foreign country, income you earn as a self-employed person while working/living in a foreign country. It does NOT include income earned as an employee of the US -- so military, state department, etc.

Note that, as regards self-employment, a US person normally also has to pay into social security via the self-employment tax. But, in many cases, there are totalization agreements that will allow, or maybe require, you to forgo paying into the US system but to pay into the host country system instead.

My strong suggestion would be to consult a US tax professional who is familiar with foreign taxes, treaties, and totalization agreements. It can be quite complex. I am an Enrolled Agent with over 30 years experience in US income tax . . . and I've pretty much just exhausted my knowledge without doing further research.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle format for beta readers?
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:09:58 AM »
Forgive me if this is a stupid question. My googling has turned up very little, but I might be asking the wrong questions.

I have some beta readers that would like my book as a kindle ebook. The manuscript is currently in Scrivener, but I've never exported anything from Scrivener before.  I know I can send them a PDF but is there a better option? What do you normally do for your betas? 

Thanks :D

Kindles can read PDFs but it's absolutely not ideal -- the rendering engine just shows each page exactly as it's formatted and if that's for a standard 8.5x11 page, the print is very small. You can pan and zoom somewhat, but it's a pain, and, frankly, not worth the trouble when you're trying to read for pleasure.

What you want is to be able to send them a .mobi file which is the format the various kindle formats is based on. It's easy to put a .mobi file on a kindle and there's no conversion needed. The reader can side load it via a physical connection or send it wirelessly via email or via an applet they can install on their computer. But you can NOT send it directly to their kindle, unless they first 'whitelist' your email address in their account. See Sending documents to your Kindle.

A basic text or .doc file would also work, but some formatting may be lost; EPub would need to be converted by the user with a 3rd party converter, so it's one more step.

From a reader point of view, I would second the Book Funnel suggestion. It's easy to use via your computer or via your kindle to download a book. If you're on a phone or tablet, there's a free app that basically does everything for you. I expect it has a cost to the author, but if you do a lot of giveaways and such like, it might be worth it to keep your readers happy. It completely eliminates the format problem at the author end as the reader picks what will work best for him or her.

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Sounds like you've tried what we recommend: do a restart either via the menu or via the power button (though it sometimes takes more like 40 seconds of holding for it to restart on it's own; it's not exactly the same as turning it all the way off and then back on) and, if that doesn't work, do a factory reset -- which, as you learned, has to happen via the menu. I'm not sure how you'd even do that if the touch screen isn't working right. :(

At this point, then, my best suggestion is to contact Amazon, specifically Kindle Customer service. The device is likely out of warranty, but if there's a way to factory reset without having to use the screen controls to get to the menu they may be able to help you do that. And even if they can't get it working, they may offer you a discount on a replacement device if you're willing to send that one back to them. And if he's enjoyed the touch he'll probably be THRILLED with the devices available now. :)  (And it was just Father's Day ;) )

For the power button restart -- do hold it for at least 30 or 40 seconds. You'll see screen blinking and then it will appear to go off. You'll sometimes see it start to reboot while you're holding the button; if so, you can release it at that point. If not, just keep holding and then put it down after 30 to 40 seconds. And be PATIENT. It should start to reboot on its own -- don't YOU try to manually restart it.  And if you're holding the button and a dialog box comes up, just ignore that -- keep holding the button -- though I think that only happens in newer models to yours.

Good luck

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Library books on Kindle
« on: June 20, 2017, 03:33:43 AM »
As Atunah has noted -- your library has apparently dropped Overdrive for this other system. And the DRM inherent in library books is probably not going to allow for downloading and converting to a kindle compatible file format without violating TOS to strip the DRM.

An alternative is to see what OTHER libraries you may be able to belong to. For example, I'm in Arlington VA, but there are arrangements with many surrounding library systems that allow me to be members of them as well. So I also belong to Fairfax County, Mary Stiles (city of Falls Church), and city of Alexandria. I could, as well, belong to the DC public library system and the Maryland public library system and probably a few others in Virginia as well.

In each case, I basically just had to prove that I was allowed to belong by proving my current address. I have to go back in every year or two to confirm it. Now, if you're pretty rural, that could end up being more trouble than it's worth, but it might be worth looking into. One of the libraries I joined didn't even require a physical visit -- they mailed me my card and the fact that they mailed it to a vaild address was proof enough.

For me, it expands what's available. Not all libraries get all books. Frequently I've gone looking for a book and it's been available in some libraries but not others. OR, you might have to get on a wait list in one system, but in another it's available to borrow immediately. If you're registered with the main overdrive site, you can list the libraries that you belong to and jump directly to them when you go to borrow. Even if you do have to go on hold everywhere, chances are they come available at different times -- so you also get the benefit of effectively having a longer checkout period. So if you only get 2 weeks and you're not finished, you don't have to turn the kindle off to keep it because you know you'll be getting to the front of the queue from some other library soon.

ALSO, if you are military or retired or a spouse, check into the service libraries. I can borrow from the Navy system and there's an Air Force system as well. And there are a some 'big city' libraries that are open to anyone -- New York Public Library and Philadelphia Free library come to mind, though for certain non-local subscribers there is a yearly fee. Still, they're huge systems so it might be worth that cost if you local isn't working for you.

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The Book Corner / Re: Big Library Read -- The Other Einstein
« on: June 19, 2017, 08:43:38 AM »
Without doing the appropriate research I have no idea how much of this novel is known or reasonably supposed fact, and how much of it is dramatic licence.

In the author's notes at the end of the book, Marie Benedict says that it is "first and foremost, fiction" but she also says "The purpose of The Other Einstein is not to diminish Albert Einstein's contribution to humanity and science ..." Regardless of that assertion, I would say that a more thorough hatchet job of him, both as a human being and as a scientist, I could not imagine.

As for the prose itself, I found it very stilted - possibly because it was written in the first person. An intriguing read for sure and an interesting choice to write a novel rather than a biography.

I didn't have a problem with the way it was written -- wouldn't call it exciting, but it didn't put me to sleep. ::)

I agree it was a kind of hatchet job on Albert -- he wasn't portrayed as a nice human being at all. And it did pretty strongly imply that his greatest work is at least partly and maybe mostly not really his at all.

It reminded me a bit of a certain sort of historical romance where the heroine has 21st century values and opinions in an 18th or 19th century world, and somehow that's not really a problem at all for anyone.

I'm glad I read it, but also glad I didn't have to pay money to do so. :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: FREE List of potential reviewers from Amazon
« on: June 18, 2017, 09:06:38 AM »
@Philip You can download any list for $0.99 I'm doing this to keep the site alive, as I'm paying for domain + hosting, and spend time to collect and update this list of reviewers.



Now I'm confused. The thread title is "FREE list of potential reviewers".  99 cents isn't much, but it's not "free".

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