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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any self-published authors living in Sweden?
« on: May 27, 2018, 11:23:03 PM »
Yes, royalties are considered normal income and taxed along with all other income and at the same rate which depends on where you live and how much you make. It's not terribly complicated, everyone pays Kommunalskatt (council tax) and if you make more than a certain amount, you also pay Statlig skatt (state tax).
There are no reduced social insurance rates for artists, unfortunately, but you don't pay for health insurance.
If you write and publish with the intent of making money, you'll need to start your own company, but the simplest kind (Enskild firma) is pretty easy and cheap to set up.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question regarding foreign currency EFT payments
« on: July 29, 2017, 03:43:51 AM »
Does anybody here happen to know whether Amazon converts a foreign currency EFT payment into the currency of your account before they transfer the money or whether your local bank handles the conversion afterwards?

Check your KDP Account page ->Payment & Banking.
It says there what currency you are being paid in and for what market. I just updated this for Mx because they didn't offer EFT payments when I signed up for KDP.

I'm in Sweden, but Amazon pays me in Euro for all markets, and my bank doesn't charge a special fee for the conversion, just a small fee for receiving payment from another country, (2 kronor per payment, I think). On my bank statement, I can see the amount both in EUR and in SEK so the conversion must happen at the bank here in Sweden.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Publishing from Another Country
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:01:17 PM »
If we move to Sweden, how would publishing/payment to/from Amazon change for me?
Not much. Sweden has a tax treaty with the US, so you won't be taxed twice. And Amazon pays by direct deposits.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Tell me about short/redirectable links
« on: September 17, 2016, 02:46:46 AM »
I use to make editable links for the backmatter in my books. That felt necessary since I'm new and learning and changing stuff all the time, particularly for the print books. You just enter the url you want a link to and they give you a short link, that you can later edit so that it links to another page. You also get some stats on how many have been clicking etc. The reason I chose them was that you also get QR-codes for the links. I put those in the back matter, instead of a link, to make it easier to access the series page from a print book.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Set up titles on Ingram for free with coupon
« on: September 13, 2016, 05:34:58 PM »
If you haven't approved the proof, then the process (a bit sticky if you don't know it) is to click on the title name in your titles listing, not on the approve link, and then "upload new files" in the top right corner. If you go through the approve link, you may get stuck with extra fees.

I would never have guessed that something like that would make a difference. Thank you for explaining.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Set up titles on Ingram for free with coupon
« on: September 13, 2016, 02:09:36 AM »

What I do for the books that I am almost ready to publish, but not quite, is I upload the cover and interior even though they are not final. They charge the setup fee at that point (which I pay via the coupon, so no cost). But when I get to the proofing stage I *do not* approve the books. They can just sit there on my account unapproved for months, until I am ready to upload the final files. Then I check and approve them.

Does this work for you? Because I used the coupon right at the end of May but needed to make some changes a couple of weeks later after seeing the proof copy, and I had to pay to replace the files even though it says that you can make changes for free as long as the book isn't approved. I figured it had something to do with the coupon no longer being valid.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Back To School Blog Tour 2016: Set for 9/12-9/16
« on: September 12, 2016, 01:11:34 AM »

Writers' Cafe / Re: Short story to test the self-pub waters
« on: September 07, 2016, 04:34:50 AM »

I started out with a short story (a Christmas story that I published in January to make sure that no one saw it) and then did it again a couple of times before I started publishing the "real" books. I just thought it was much better to make all the inevitable mistakes when no one was watching. Also, if the readers had hated it, then it wouldn't have hurt so bad because it was just a short story that I wrote over a weekend and not the book that I had spent 8 years on ... I used a pen name, so that if I became the most hated person on the internet, I could just bury her and pretend it never happened.

I ran a BKnights $5 promo when I published, but that was about it. These stories were never intended to sell. I just needed to try it, to learn this, before I put my "real" books out there. I needed to get that first review, some validation that I could do this. I've made no money at all, but I could put my debut novel out there this summer without a panic attack and that is worth a lot!

The biggest benefit was that it allowed me to set up the infrastructure (Amazon author pages, blogs, domains, facebook pages, Goodreads author account, Mailchimp, BookFunnel etc) and learn how to use it all, without the stress of an audience. As you say, it is daunting and there is so much to learn! The technical stuff can be quite a hassle to sort out. But when it is done, you don't have to think about it anymore. It just works. Just add the new books as you release them and go back to writing.

If you don't already have a short story you want to use for this, I recommend that you write a Christmas story within your genre. A Halloween story would be good if you write scary stuff or a Valentine's Day story if you write romance, but Christmas works for any genre and it is popular year round. Then you will be able to use it for promos later. Don't spend a lot of time on it and don't spend a fortune on the cover. Good luck!

Writers' Cafe / Re: MacInCloud to upload to Ibooks anyone?
« on: August 28, 2016, 08:44:14 AM »
I used MacInCloud (the pay-as-you-go option) up until a month or so ago. I primarily used it for Vellum but I also tried to upload a couple of books to iBooks. The first book worked fine, the second book didn't, but I'm sure it wasn't MacInCloud's fault and it probably would have worked eventually but I gave up and used D2D for that book instead.

1) Yes, it does everything you need and all my problems were user errors. I wish I had known more about the Mac experience before, I felt a bit lost when the keys on my keyboard didn't produce the symbols that are on them.

2) Yes, I did, since my usage varied so much from month to month.

I've invested in a second hand MacBook now. The desktop-in-a-desktop was just too much of a hassle and I kept remembering small things I needed to do right after logging out. I'm just going to use the MacBook for Vellum and iBooks and other Mac-only parts of life, since I'm not a Mac person either, so perhaps it is a waste of money, but it is a business expense and I got a good deal.

Thank you! I've sent you a PM!

I only have one children's book, so I completely understand if I don't qualify, but I'd love to be a part of this. Let me know if I can contribute in some way.

My new romance (with the Danish flag on the cover below) is in KU if anyone wants to check it out. 

My children's book (the green cover with the sunglasses) is coming out of KU tomorrow or on Monday, so this is the last chance to borrow that.

Inconveniently off the grid this weekend, but have been blogging, Liking and re-tweeting everything I've seen.



Writers' Cafe / Re: Christmas in July Promo (July 15-17)
« on: July 18, 2016, 05:35:11 AM »
323 downloads over the weekend and some pages read on my other KU-titles. All this despite an ugly cover in a category quite a bit further down the page. A Christmas short story is certainly a powerful promotional tool all year round, and I'm eternally grateful to Evenstar for the tip.

I hope to one day be the one with the big mailing list so that I can pay this opportunity forward! Thank you to Stacy for a great promo and all your hard work, and to everyone else for promoting, retweeting, sharing, liking and downloading. My Kindle app is stuffed with new reads, and I think I might have to do a "Year of Reading Christmas Stories"-challenge ... ;)

The Book Bazaar / Re: Konrad and the Birthday Painting - Free 12-14/7
« on: July 12, 2016, 11:45:55 AM »

Konrad and the Birthday Painting is free on Amazon 12-14/7, if you haven't already got a copy.

If you prefer to borrow via KU, do so before the last of July. After that, the book will no longer be available through Kindle Select.

No. I've bought a copy (not free) of a book that I'd already left a review for and the review does not have a Verified icon on it. I tried to leave a new review after I bought it, but Amazon said I couldn't because I had already done so.


I've liked and hearted and retweeted (both of me!) and will keep tickling the algorithms the best I can all weekend.  :)

This weekend Konrad and the Birthday Painting and a bunch of other children's books for all ages are on sale for only 99 cents! Read more about them over at

Take the opportunity to stock up on some great summer reading for the kids!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Any Windows users using MacInCloud for Vellum?
« on: June 17, 2016, 01:42:09 PM »

How does that work? Vellum is something you would download to your desktop, right? With MacInCloud, does it give you a desktop that you can always access (depending on how much time you pay to use)? With Vellum, you pay to export your file and I am concerned that with using MIC that I would be paying multiple times to make small changes.

It's as if you connect remotely to another computer, so you get a separate Apple desktop in a browser window. It's a bit weird and the keyboard doesn't always work the same way in the Mac world, but you figure it out after a while.

I did not have any problems downloading Vellum, it runs from the desktop in Macincloud so you don't need administrator privileges (which I don't have as I use the pay-by-the-hour version).  I needed Macincloud support to install Kindlegen for me, in order to generate Kindle books, it took a day or so, but it has worked fine since then.

I've got the unlimited Vellum, so I'm not sure how that works if you pay by the book, and need to make changes. There's a Vellum thread here, you might find the answer there. As far as Macincloud goes, sure, you probably won't generate new files unless you absolutely need to, since it is a bit of a hassle to log on and you know that the clock is ticking, but small changes probably don't take long to fix. It's probably cheaper than paying someone else to do it, and you can do it when you like and not when it fits into someone else's schedule.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Any Windows users using MacInCloud for Vellum?
« on: June 16, 2016, 11:23:36 PM »
I use Vellum through Macincloud. It took a couple of days to get everything working (I had some issues with Kindlegen but support sorted it after some emails back and forth) but since then it's worked just fine.

Vellum is a treat to work with, Macincloud not so much. If I ever sell any books I'm getting an actual Mac to run Vellum on.

I have a couple of contemporary romance short stories 

and one children's book (ages 6 and up)

in KU for the foreseeable future. Enjoy!  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:14:41 AM »
My Christmas short is free at last!  :)  Thank you all so much for reporting it.


Supermodel Lainey Cartwright has the perfect life - stunning looks, lots of money, a killer career and a supermodel boyfriend. When she realizes that her runway days might be over and that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her manager, the same manager that apparently has been robbing her blind for years, Lainey panics and runs away, out into the cold and rainy Copenhagen night.

Sociology student Palle Jensen believes that money is the root of all evil and is determined to do good and save the world as a social worker, despite the fact that no one believes that he has what it takes to handle the brutal reality of society's darker side. When a real live damsel in distress crosses his path he seizes the opportunity to show everyone that they're wrong about him. But is he wrong about her?

Get the first (standalone) book in the Scandinavian Winter series for free today!

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