Getting Out of the 30% Tax Withholding for Non-US Amazon Kindle Authors
Mar12

Getting Out of the 30% Tax Withholding for Non-US Amazon Kindle Authors

    One of the best things about publishing your books with Amazon Kindle is that almost anyone can do it from anywhere in the world. This is great for international authors outside the US who have always wanted to expand their audience base. Unfortunately, Amazon makes non-US authors fill in a ‘tax questionnaire’ before you’re able to publish your first book. If you’ve filled in the quick and easy online form, you’ll...

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Heteronyms, Homonyms, Homographs and Homophones
Dec16

Heteronyms, Homonyms, Homographs and Homophones

The English language is peppered with many anomalous words and spellings. Many seemingly-common words may look alike in terms of spelling, but have very different meanings when used in different contexts. These anomalies can make life difficult for a non-native to the language who may be attempting to learn it as a second language. However, it can also be just as confusing to those who have lived their whole lives speaking and writing...

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Dealing with Rejection as a Writer
Dec15

Dealing with Rejection as a Writer

“Dear Reject Writer, The brilliant, masterpiece-seeking staff at Bucking-Huge Publishing have decided to ruin your day and post you this pointless piece of paper. It is an official rejection of you as a person and as a writer. Basically, we thought your story sucked so much that we didn’t want to use your SASE to return it to you – just in case you personally had licked the stamps. In fact, we were afraid to touch...

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Do You Trust Your Readers with Your Character Descriptions?
Nov29

Do You Trust Your Readers with Your Character Descriptions?

  Did  you know that the act of writing could be considered a form of thought transference? Some might even consider it to be almost a psychic ability, maybe even telepathic! You don’t believe me? Let’s try it and see if we can do it – you and I. I’m going to send a thought directly from my mind to yours. I’ll form an image and we’ll see if you can see the same image I’m seeing. I...

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Can Anyone Achieve Self-Publishing Success on Amazon Kindle?
Nov28

Can Anyone Achieve Self-Publishing Success on Amazon Kindle?

    About 2 years ago a friend of mine announced she was going to self-publish some of her unpublished works on the Amazon Kindle platform. After all, she figured there were lots and lots of big success stories out there about writers who suddenly made huge incomes seemingly overnight on the self-publishing platform. She’d read about various success stories, such as unknown writers like Amanda Hocking churning $2.5 million...

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Creating Villains People Love to Hate
Nov27

Creating Villains People Love to Hate

      Every story has a bad guy. There wouldn’t be much conflict for your protagonist to overcome if there was no antagonist to stir the pot. Yours might be the evil villain who opposes everything your hero (or heroine) does. He might be the treacherous double-agent from the past, or the psychotic evil scientist, or maybe just the “other woman” fighting for your hero’s attention. Who ever your...

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