Bookish Christmas trees

Proofreading_and_editing_blog_120We are planning to put our Christmas tree up today. Somehow it is difficult to get the timing right. We don’t want to put it up too soon, in case too many needles drop off before Christmas day. Then, all of a sudden, It nearly is Christmas, & the days are occupied with all sorts of rushing around.

One solution is to have an artificial tree, but as these pictures show there is no need to make it from plastic. How about recycling some books into your Christmas decorations?

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Do you sell digital products? Then you need to know about this change

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_364I know this isn’t very Christmassy, but if you are an indie publisher in the UK, it is important for you to know about this change.

In an attempt to stop organisations like Amazon putting their transactions through countries with low VAT rates, the tax regulations about digital products are changing.

From 1st January 2015, if you sell a digital product, it counts as a sale not in your home country, but the country where the customer lives.

That may not sound like much of a change, but:

  • Before the change, if you are a UK trader with an annual turnover below the £82,000 VAT registration limit, you did not have to charge VAT on anything.
  • After the change, if you sell a digital product like an eBook to someone in another European country, you have to follow the VAT regulations in their country and pay the tax if it is due to that government.

Not nice, eh?

If you are selling through another organisation (like Amazon), then you don’t need to worry. This is their problem.

If you are selling through your own website, for example, you need to re-organise yourself, or consider changing your selling plans. Try these articles:

I’m off to investigate what Etsy are planning to do on this one.

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Links between authors

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_259Here is an interesting gizmo from the Open University. Once you’ve launched it, you can select an author from the 20th century & see how they are connected by background, genre & interest.

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Designing a book cover

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_375Here are some thoughts on the crucial subject of book cover design.

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Confused by book marketing?

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_46So you’ve done some research. You’ve read some things that sound like common sense, & you’ve also read about strategies that are clearly not for you. What is your next step?

A plan. But don’t get out a blank piece of paper or open a new document & stare at it.

Try these templates as a starting point.

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Planning your book launch

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_331Launching your book is a complicated task. Many beginners make the mistake of avoiding their marketing plan until the book has been finalised. If you take that path, your launch will be more stressful and less efficient.

At the same time as you are refining your draft, getting it edited, & producing the book, you should be working through this to do list.

And of course, it is a good idea to make sure the book production plan coincides with the launch plan. You’d be surprised how many people overlook that simple fact.

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Working with a designer

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_359If you are working through the publishing process, you may find you need to work with a designer. Do you know what to expect from the process? Do you know what they will expect to get from you?

Find out more about the design process here.

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