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I have four different stores for four different products, including ebooks, and Amazon is the minor player for my book sales and always has been. I've sold books since the 1970s and only heard about Amazon relatively recently. Taxes are set up correctly in all of my online shops.

Due to incorporating video links into ebooks, something I can handle best through Selz, I am considering unpublishing about twenty ebooks from Pronoun, which supplies Amazon for me. With private sales, I can offer videos as a separate file with the ebooks, and not rely on a link within the book. I guess they aren't 100% private as I buy the use of a professional store infrastructure and cart for each site I use.

I enjoy being independent and that's my motivation in this, rather than a monetary one, but I am doing okay. I've invested a lot into being private, and worked hard to reach my varied clientele and develop products for them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Word usage: may
« on: October 07, 2017, 12:31:00 PM »
American English uses "may" and "might" interchangeably. British English doesn't seem to. Americans would say, "I might go." An Aussie or whatever would say, "I may go." Kind of like got and gotten except British English doesn't use gotten at all. Interesting difference.

I'm Australian and see a huge difference between can and may. This is how it was taught to me.

May do something = having permission to do something.
Can do something = being able to do it with or without permission.

You might ask a parent, "May I eat ice-cream?"
You would not ask, "Can I eat ice-cream?"

Unless you have a physical impediment that prevents it, or there is no ice-cream, you can eat it, but you may not have permission to eat it.   

It seems most of us Aussies 'might' be thinking alike on this issue.
I think that might or may would be interchangeable in that sentence-but I'm no expert. I've often done what I can do and not what I may do.  ;)

Congratulations.  Great to hear of hard work and research paying off.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: September 23, 2017, 08:22:22 PM »
My company, Serious Writer, is looking for an Australian author or two who desires to teach video based courses on an online teaching and learning platform, We go live Oct. 2nd and classes offer profit sharing with the instructors. We are driving traffic to the site, but we are hoping hope to expand into other territories.

Our site focus is excellent instruction by writers who write relatively clean or inspirational non-fiction and novels.

Please message me if you are interested.

I'll message you, Clye. I invested in a new video studio set up this year, and have past experience in creating and selling tutorial video cassettes in the pre internet days. I have begun work in this area based on witnessing video tutorials outstripping non-fiction ebooks in growth. I'm an independent by nature, so I doubt that I'd want to be a part of someone else's business. I have fun doing things my way. I'm happy to chat about what you are seeking from and offering your team members.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: September 22, 2017, 04:16:01 AM »
Hello, Anita. Welcome.

I currently live in a rural retreat in the Goulburn Valley. I'm a yes vote for marriage equality too. On the question of payment method. I have all of my payment sources set up to come via PayPal. That works for me.

Steve, during the years when I was an artist and travel writer, touring the inland and quiet coastal communities, I was surprised at how few Australians I encountered used Amazon. I decided to go wide, (I go wider than most) with my ebook sales, as I felt that represented the Australian.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The $3k Relaunch: A Detailed Case Study
« on: September 21, 2017, 10:21:18 AM »
Thank you. Nick for such an honest and interesting read.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I just had my first 10k day! Send me drinks
« on: September 02, 2017, 09:00:26 AM »
Congratulations. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does using Instafreebie cheapen you as an author?
« on: August 21, 2017, 08:37:15 PM »
Cheapen is one way to put it. In business terms it is called, not qualifying your prospects, or trying to win over people who aren't interested in your work. All my marketing is focused on what works for my product, and not what works for others. 

I don't use Instafreebie because I did an initial test, not once, but three times, and I could see that venue was wrong for my books. I put in a free book and downloaded it myself to check out the reader experience, and Instafreebie showed me erotic historical, complete with covers that Amazon would place in the adult dungeon, as a "Based on your selection you might like this." I quickly pulled my books from Instafreebie.

I don't waste time promoting my creative work outside of the demographics that enjoy it. My best move has been to leave the traditional marketplaces for both my art and books and to take both to targeted distribution channels, and to where my clients are.

Summary: No, I don't think that Instafreebie cheapens you as an author if they are attracting the right reader for your books. I consider myself a skilled marketer, and I would use Instafreebie if that were where my readers congregate. They don't, so I don't.

Congratulations.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Look What Damonza Did!
« on: August 15, 2017, 01:00:07 AM »
That is eye-catching. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: What Stops Me From Buying On Amazon
« on: July 28, 2017, 08:59:35 PM »
"I have titles in libraries and get regular payments."

This is interesting
Why can libraries pay royalty for audio book listening, but not pay for book reading?
Some European countries, like the UK, do pay their authors a fee based on book lending.

It use to be that way in Australia. Some of Australias' most famous authors in the past lived in poverty, because people borrowed rather that purchased their books.
There is a system in Australia where you may claim compensation from the federal government for your loss of income as a result of your book being made available through a public library.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Australia tax of 10 percent on ebooks
« on: July 28, 2017, 08:20:07 PM »
In Australia, you must register for GST if:

your business has a GST turnover of $75,000 or more, or if your non-profit organisation has a turnover of $150,000 per year or more.

I needed to registered for GST for my art gallery. When I closed my the art gallery to take up novel writing, I canceled my GST registration and haven't needed to be registered since. Now that I've opened my gallery online-I'll re-register if I cross the GST threshold of $75,000 per year again. 10% added to most goods and services GST is simple compared to the prior system of sales tax, 0% for art and services, 10% on functional goods, 15% for supplies 30% for luxury goods. That system was complicated.

The 10% GST being added to ebooks isn't (as already stated) a tax on ebooks as such, it's part of Australian government applying the tax to all items that Australians are purchasing outside of Australia, in the hope of making goods and services produced in Australia competitive in price with what Australians are purchasing online from overseas.

We (Australian buyers) don't have to do anything, just pay the 10% on imports as we do on Australian made goods. As I'm under the level of income where I have to add a GST to my goods, it will make the ebooks I directly sell (most of them) a little cheaper again than on Amazon.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What Stops Me From Buying On Amazon
« on: July 28, 2017, 09:21:01 AM »
I doubt those having hearing problems or outright deaf will love them in Australia either, just because it's Australia instead of the UK.

Unfortunately the narration isn't created by a living person or an AI, whom you could ask to enunciate more clearly, speak slower or louder, or repeat the last sentence. That's all the very least which is necessary to make audiobooks something viable for someone with bad hearing. Mind, that's just viable, not enjoyable.

You are right.

I just looked up some statistics. 18 percent of U.S. adults older than 70 reported impaired vision, 33 percent reported hearing problems and 9 percent have both.

Well, I'm over 70 and in the 'both' category. I am able to read print due to having a 27"  computer screen. so, currently I still have a range of choices.

I find that the library stock of audio books, and the higher priced non-fiction books, is of such high-quality production, and the speakers have such excellent enunciation, that I can understand most of them. I listen to a sample first. It's usually the young women who speak rapidly and with a higher pitch voice that I cannot understand, and that type of voice is rarely chosen the read my genre choice.

While I cannot follow television with its music background sounds, thankfully, I can still hear well produced audio books, even though I'm always telling people that I can't understand what they are saying. I'm in that range that can still appreciate and understand, and love hearing, the excellent diction of a good audio book. My hearing impairment has cut out understanding off less than perfect enunciation. To be able to understand the clear concise speech in a good audio book, when I otherwise need to lip read, brings me joy. I guess, I'm fortunate that I have that degree of hearing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What Stops Me From Buying On Amazon
« on: July 28, 2017, 07:56:54 AM »
In the United States, it doesn't. I can order five audiobooks sent directly to my Fire or another device every month for zero cost from my public library.  How many audiobooks does anyone listen to in a month?

It may cut out Amazon, but Amazon isn't entitled to a living anymore than anybody else is.

I listen to half a dozen, free, audio, literary-fiction books per month. I'll buy a non-fiction audio book once a month. I don't care what the price is. I buy the book for the content and what the asking price is I pay if I want to read it. The audio books I usually buy are not in the reduced stock.

Audio books are hugely popular, especially with elderly and disabled people, in Australia. Our public libraries are free. Even small country towns are well stocked. You don't need to leave home to access the free public library ebooks and audiobooks.

I don't have a need to buy ebooks from Amazon (and I read 100+ titles a year) unless I do it to support an author friend.

I'm sure writers don't lose too much by this. I have titles in libraries and get regular payments. Libraries are another great opportunity to earn an income as an author.

I don't know exactly, because I have frequent interruptions to my writing. The cat jumping in my lap, the phone, being nurse to... Grammarly tells me that I average 3,800 words a day, and I write slow, so I guess I'm writing several hours per day.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Fed up with AMAZON? Please Sign the Petition
« on: July 19, 2017, 06:00:54 AM »
Actions count for much more than words (or petitions).

If you want to let Amazon know what you think, remove your books from KU. If enough big earners do that, it will make them think.

I agree. Amazon is only an important part of your marketing if you make it so.

As I'm generating most of my sales, I see no point in sending the readers to Amazon. I just ask readers to contact me. I have an efficient, paid, online store if they want to buy direct from the author, and I give a Pronoun link if readers prefer to buy through a distributor. I'd never heard of Amazon until 2010, and by that time I was used to selling without it, so it never was important to me.

While I understand the frustration that reviews, awards, chart positions, and KU profits are for sale to unethical authors, I don't feel qualified to tell Amazon how to do their job. I'm sure it's a nightmare for them trying to stop fraud, and I believe they do try.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's China site for books
« on: July 05, 2017, 09:58:36 AM »
I agree, Herefortheride, China is a major economy, if not the major economy and Australia is a small player by comparison. :-)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's China site for books
« on: July 05, 2017, 08:52:23 AM »
Not really, no.

I work in education here. Even people who major in English at university can't read English novels. =  (

There are a lot of fake "facts" running around the internet.

Lot's of fake facts on the internet I agree.

Whatever the English literacy numbers are now in China, they will increase, due to China and Australia doing business dealings in English, and China being Australia's largest trading partner in both imports and exports.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Scam email?
« on: July 05, 2017, 07:20:18 AM »
I'd be telling her that I don't own a Kindle ereader either. I never have.  :-*
Possibly she does not know that you don't need a separate ereader to read ebooks. Possibly it's a scam, so thank you for sharing this. I'd explain how she can access Kindle ebooks from her computer or mobile phone. I've fallen for desperate need stories, from people I vaguely know, and I'm trying to toughen up, but a lost Kindle would not tear at my heart strings.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's China site for books
« on: July 04, 2017, 07:12:25 PM »
 :D The Life and Art of Claude Monet came up when I searched for my name in the Amazon China store. Well, I'll take that as a compliment. I'm a huge fan of Claude Monet.

Great to see the market extending. There are more people who can read English in China than in the United States. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: I did it!
« on: July 04, 2017, 08:07:25 AM »
Congratulations, victorine.vien.  :D That's fantastic.

I had no success went Gumroad.

I do have excellent success with Selz at a paid level where I have a PayPal shopping cart. If you try Selz for the free month, hang out for the good discount offer for signing up for a year.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How wide is wide (for you)
« on: June 12, 2017, 04:17:13 AM »
Wide is:

*Two US based agents supply me with a choice of topics to write in my name. These are contacts I made a decade ago. They went quiet for awhile, probably because I turned away a lot of opportunities, but now they are keeping me busy with topics I know about and love to write.

*A private online store and are my ebook outlets.

I'm extending my reach this year but want to do it before talking about it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm So Over Hootsuite!
« on: June 11, 2017, 08:55:50 AM »
I use and I love it.

So do I.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm So Over Hootsuite!
« on: June 11, 2017, 12:12:14 AM »
People who repeat the same Tweet get muted from view by most Tweet readers. If you are going to Tweet regularly, you need to vary your Tweets. I looked at Hootsuite and found it a budget priced product that was too limiting for my needs. A couple of authors I have friended love it, and abuse social media with it, and I wish there were a may to block their Hootsuite spam without blocking them.

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