Monthly Archives: July 2012
And here it is on Kobo
Tried to publish to Apple yesterday but was halted by the fact I don’t have an ITIN or other US tax number without which you cannot sell directly into the Ibookstore. Curses! So am going to use Lulu to get into both the IBookstore and Barnes and Noble. Not an easy format at Lulu, though, had to change first the size of the over–the pixel size that is–which had presented no problem on either Kindle or Kobo. And then when that was sorted, another problem arises with price verification and the Help section no use at all to resolve it. Have contacted them directly now, will see what happens.
Big day! I’ve just this very moment finally uploaded the first Sixteen Press e-book, The Great Deep and Tales of the Uncanny , to both Kindle and Kobo. In a couple of days the book will be officially available on both Amazon and Kobo. And then we’ll see what happens!After humming and haa-ing for ages, and reading through any amount of people’s experiences, I’ve chosen the 70 percent royalty option on Kindle–the size of my book is not large and delivery costs are minimal. Of course that 70 percent royalty only applies in certain territories, including the US and UK and Europe, but not including my primary market of Australia. Kobo’s different and was also very simple to use, simpler even than Kindle in some ways. Not sure yet about going through the Apple store, of course it would be great, but it does look somewhat complicated.
I could have gone initially through an aggregator like Smashwords but as my file was already in EPub format through pressbooks, it wasn’t the best option. I may go through that route another time, just to check which is best.
Have sent a letter to the IRS re being knocked back for an ITIN but I’m not holding my breath they’ll respond positively! So for the moment am just going, as far as Amazon is concerned, through paying the US withholding tax and then seeing if I can get back at least some of it through the Australian tax system. Another irritating thing with Amazon is that they’ll be paying in cheques/checks in American dollars, because I don’t have a US or UK bank account. But Kobo’s great because you don’t need an ITIN and they pay in Australian dollars into your local nominated bank account. Much more flexible for us non-US and non-UK-based self-publishers!
I changed a few things about the file over the last few months, took out some of the photos so that theey wouldn’t be too distracting, played around with formatting etc, ran the complete file through the E-Pub validator online(an excellent free service for self-publishers by the way, and absolutely invaluable. More housekeeping to do now–register my book’s ISBN in Books in Print, books in publication, etc etc, but very soon I’ll be able to announce the actual arrival of the e-book in the e-tailers, which is great. It’s been a bit of a long haul, longer than I anticipated when I first started, but it’s all a learning experience, isn’t it!
Frustrated and annoyed yesterday to discover in my mail-box a terse communication from the IRS in the USA to the effect that ‘We have rejected your ITIN application’–this despite the fact I had the documents notarised at the US Consulate in Sydney, filled in the form correctly, sent in all the documentation that was needed. I had applied for an ITIN a couple of years ago when I had several essays published in American anthologies, and was rejected then because I didn’t have the documents correctly notarised, and so I just let the tax come out and forget about trying to get an exception
This time, I went over everything with a fine tooth comb–to no avail. As the US Consulate sighted both my form and copy of my passport, and notarised that document without question, including affixing their official apostille, I thought I was done and dusted. Apparently not. But do you think the IRS has provided any reason for rejecting the application? Not on your nelly, apart from a bland sentence saying ‘the supporting documents don’t support the exception you claimed.’ No way of knowing why, which, how, and the ‘what you need to do’ column gives no clue either as to what was supposedly wrong, because all the boxes I’m supposed to have ticked, I did!
I could write them a letter but as they took weeks and weeks to respond anyway with their form letter, I don’t know if I want to be bothered, as I’m keen for The Great Deep to come out in early August if possible. I think I’ll have to go the way I did originally, and as I know other writer friends do, when they’ve hit the same snag: simply allow the withholding tax to be taken out, and claim it as overseas tax paid on my tax return. One thing I can say–the Australian Tax Office looks really good beside the IRS–much easier to deal with, much less opaque and much more informative!
This is certainly an aspect of self-e-publishing that is not at all pleasant!
My friend and fellow writer Isobelle Carmody, who is a well-known author of wonderful and very popular award-winning fantasy novels for young adults and children, published both in Australia and very widely internationally, has also launched herself into the adventure of e-publishing, with the self-published e-edition of her early novel, Greylands, which is being launched this month. To celebrate, she and her team created a wonderful micro-site which will not only launch the Greylands e-edition online, with a trailer, competitions, and more, but also features a month-long ‘Great E-Book Debate’ on all sorts of facets of the extraordinary new world of e-publishing. There’s a guest post every day, and today it’s my turn.
This post is about an unexpected effect of the e-publishing adventure, and I hope you enjoy it. As the Greylands site is only up for a month, I’ll be also publishing it later here on this site.