Sometimes you just need to take a break!

It's been a couple of months since I've been posting here! The lead up to Christmas was frantic. I had a 12 year old birthday, Grade 6 graduation, and everything else that comes with being a parent. My brain was also getting fried. I was working on a book that was starting to go off track, and I didn't know how to get it back where it would make sense again. Even this post was meant to be up last week, but I was away. You see, there are times when we just need to take a break - and thi...
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Choosing accounts software

One of the easiest ways to keep track of your income and expenses is to have some accounts software to enter it in. There is a huge variety of software out there, so how do you choose? Before you look for software, consider some of the following questions: Do you want software locally (on your computer) or in the cloud (accessible via web browser or app)? How much do you want to spend per month or per year? Do you need to send invoices, or do you just need to keep track of your in...
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Keeping track of your expenses

Last month, I talked about keeping track of your income. It's now time to look at your expenses. The expenses you have may vary depending on whether you are self-publishing or are traditionally published. In general, your expenses could include: Workshops and conferences Editing and manuscript assessment Equipment such as computer purchases Professional support - graphic design, accounting fees, virtual assistant etc Memberships Book promotions - advertising, bookmarks, banners Books ...
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Keeping track of your income

Keeping track of your income can be a challenge for authors, however it is important so we can declare any income at tax time. We can receive income from a number of sources including: Sales of books - this can be sales directly from the author, online via sites such as Amazon, and royalties from your publisher Workshops and speaking - these could include school visits, author appearances at libraries and bookshops, workshops that you run, workshops where you are invited as a presenter, conf...
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Boring but Important

Did you know that being an author, especially an indie author, has many similarities to running a small business? Our main industry is writing and publishing. For most of us, the second thing would be speaking and running workshops. We love nothing more than dreaming up new stories and creating books that children can read. Whether you are self published or traditionally published, there are still some business activities that everyone needs to do. These are the boring but important tasks th...
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