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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: December 30, 2016, 08:40:19 PM »
No, Rinelle, we're talking about the amount Amazon report as sent (on the Reports page - they've just begun updating this again after a long hiatus) compared to the amount deposited in the bank account. If there's a fee, they will be different.

Yes. I just went back to compare the earlier amounts to see when St George (or whichever intermediary bank) stopped charging wire transfer fees on my Amazon payments. From August 2015 onwards, all bank deposits from Amazon are exactly the same as the amounts showing on the KDP dash. Previous to that (July 2015 and prior months), the deposits were $25 less than what appear on the Reports page.

My account with St George is called Freedom Business and I get charged $10 account service fee every month. The last time I banked two cheques (1 from CreateSpace and the other from Amazon Affiliate--so both USD), I only got charged $10.80 for the two. Prior to that, I banked one cheque and the fee was $10.50.

Hope this helps.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: December 29, 2016, 11:48:24 PM »
I just noticed that the older payments on the KDP dash's Payments page now show the Aussie dollar amount that was paid into my bank from Amazon. If this is showing up for everyone, it means you can now easily verify how much your bank, or any intermediary bank, is taking out in fees by checking this amount against what was actually deposited. Mine proves that my previous calculations were correct and I'm only paying $15 total in fees which isn't too bad.

I just checked the AUD Payment Amounts on the KDP Payments page and the amounts showing there are exactly the same as the amounts that got deposited into my bank account for US, UK, CA. I guess that means St George hasn't been taking any fees out in the last few months.  8) I know they used to a few months ago ($25 from memory).

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Eliza, my next book should be ready by August 1st. Please keep a slot open for me before your schedule fills up. Thanks :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: My 5 year anniversary
« on: February 06, 2016, 04:43:04 PM »
Congrats, CJ! And happy anniversary!

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Thank you!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Another series with amazing new covers!
« on: September 10, 2015, 05:36:25 PM »
Love these covers, Patty.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: $30 voucher for James Patterson's Masterclass
« on: August 27, 2015, 09:58:47 PM »
I sent you a PM, Moist_Tissue.

And I'm all out of vouchers.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: $30 voucher for James Patterson's Masterclass
« on: August 27, 2015, 08:37:17 PM »
I still have vouchers. PM me if you're interested.  :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Free First in Series on Kobo
« on: February 28, 2015, 09:25:22 PM »
Hi Mark! Just adding another first free in series. This book went permafree recently. Thanks so much!

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/forever-57


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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:46:01 AM »
No, I'm not sure what I mean either, Miranda! Just realised (on the tram on the way home from shopping) that I had misunderstood what had been happening with AU sales previously. Ignore my previous brain-scrambled message.  :)

However, when I checked the tax information in my KDP account, it says Amazon will withhold 5%  'from U.S. source payments of royalties earned on Amazon.com (U.S. Kindle Store). This percentage will not apply to royalty payments made from all other Kindle Stores (AU, BR, CA, DE, ES, FR, IN, IT, JP, MX, NL, UK).'

(Bold emphasis is mine.)

So that looks like something new?

Hm. Yes, looks like something new. Thanks, JB!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: January 21, 2015, 05:55:32 PM »
Mine seems to be normal. Perhaps all the purchases of your books in November were made via the AU store in which case there would be no tax withheld.

Edit: Was looking at October by mistake! Mine also indicates no tax withheld for November AU payment. I wonder if all purchases of my books were made via the AU store.

JB  :)

Thanks for checking, JB. Not sure what you mean, though?

In previous months, all my AU payments had 5% deducted off them. Also, the US (.com) payment for November has the usual 5% taken out of that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: January 21, 2015, 04:50:16 PM »
Hi NB and Meryl! Good to have you here.

To everyone, I just checked the Payments section on the dashboard and noticed that my November payment for AU shows $0.00 tax withholding. What are you guys seeing on yours? I'm not aware of any changes to the tax withholding rate for AU payments.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: January 20, 2015, 03:44:21 PM »
Hi Amanda. Welcome!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I can't believe it! Top 5 Kindle Free!
« on: January 09, 2015, 05:03:21 PM »
Congrats, Rebecca! Wonderful result!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Tax interview time! (non-US authors)
« on: December 31, 2014, 05:10:17 PM »
I ended up doing this, but no matter what I do, it keeps coming back to me with invalid tax info a couple of days later.

I'm thinking my EIN is no longer valid?

I just checked mine again, Patty. It's still saying complete. Did yours say complete then changed to invalid after a couple of days? Strange, if that's the case.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Been dreaming of this moment for about 40 years ...
« on: December 26, 2014, 06:00:44 AM »
Yay! Congrats, Marina!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Tax interview time! (non-US authors)
« on: December 22, 2014, 05:57:36 PM »
I just updated it. I have an EIN so I ticked the box that said I have a US TIN and Foreign TIN. The next page gives you an option to say it's an EIN.

I entered both EIN and the Australian company tax file number on the appropriate fields. The Tax Information dashboard now shows 'complete' with today's date on it, and the usual 5% withholding rate.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: December 17, 2014, 01:45:38 AM »
I got 1.08 as the exchange rate for the payment date of November 28. You guys got something different for that date?

My FX rate for that period was 1.12 as well.

On another topic, does anyone have experience with KDP Select and pre-orders from other stores? I setup my book at Google, with a release date the day after Select finishes, and it made it available for pre-order. I noticed other stores have done the same. I think I'm safe according to the rules, but I'm wondering if Amazon will agree.

Hi Jonny! I think I read a post someone put up a few days ago that Amazon doesn't agree to having pre-orders up on other stores while the book is still in Select.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: November 27, 2014, 01:31:57 PM »
Welcome to the thread, Catherine!

I'm sending KDP another email about this.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: November 26, 2014, 02:31:14 AM »
Does anyone have their September UK royalties showing in their Payment dashboard in KDP? Mine aren't but my US and Aussie ones are and I should be getting a UK payment for September

Mine aren't showing up yet either, Jenn.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:08:23 PM »
This is the response I got from KDP:

"We recently discovered a technical flaw in our system that caused final amounts shown in payment notifications to be listed in USD, even when publishers selected a different payment currency and actually received the payment in the currency they selected (and not in the currency displayed in the report).

I can confirm that the final payment you received was accurate and your sales data are validóbut I must apologize for the sales report and the sales notification email showing you misleading information. Our technical teams are working swiftly to put a solution in place.

Thank you for your patience while we remedy the issue."

It still doesn't answer my question of why Net Earnings and Payment amounts don't match.

Anyone else melting in the heat?

Not bad here in Sydney. Like Patty, my feet are cold.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:59:38 PM »
I must be missing something here, so somebody please explain it to me before I tear my hair out. The August payments from KDP are rolling in and the Payments section in the dash has been updated. Why is the amount in the final Payment column so different from the amount in the Net Earnings column? The currencies are the same (which throws up another question - why aren't they converting them anymore to AUD?), the information (under "What's This?") says the final adjustments, tax deductions and conversions have been made to arrive at the amount in the Net Earnings column. So shouldn't these 2 figures match? It's not the bank fee because there's no way my bank is suddenly taking out $500 when it's always been a $25 flat, despite their blood-sucking tendencies. I don't get it. This has been going on for a few months now, with different amounts each time for all of the foreign currencies, but because I rarely check that report, I haven't noticed it until now. Am I the only one this is happening to?

I will be contacting Support just as soon as I no longer get an error that the Contact Us feature isn't working. Grrrr.

I'm getting the same problem. It looks like I received the AUD equivalent of the USD amount showing on the Payment column. And what's showing on the Payment column is a lot less than what's on the Net Earnings column. I only just noticed it now so thanks, CJ, for pointing it out. I'll be contacting Support too.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: October 08, 2014, 01:17:09 AM »
Hi Todd! Glad you found us.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Free First in Series on Kobo
« on: September 29, 2014, 06:04:36 PM »
Hi Mark,

Here's another one of my free books. Thanks for considering!

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/will-to-love


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Writers' Cafe / Re: My new covers!
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:40:39 PM »
Love 'em, Annie!

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