Enjoy Middle Grade & Young Adult Books? Fantasy & Magical Realism? If yes, you’ve come to the right place!
I also love Honeybees, so I gave them their very own page.
Enjoy Middle Grade & Young Adult Books? Fantasy & Magical Realism? If yes, you’ve come to the right place!
I also love Honeybees, so I gave them their very own page.
I am thrilled about the upcoming release of ARMS OF ANU, sequel to award-winning MG/YA fantasy ARROW OF THE MIST.
Blood of body, blood of soul,
Entwined for life, then unfolds;
If blood still runs when magic binds,
Soul is never too far to find.
In ARMS OF ANU, Lia and Kelven battle through a land of tyrants, war and magic.
Can Lia escape the foes who ensnare her?
Will Kelven’s love withstand the darkness taking root inside Lia?
Is freedom too high a crown to reach, or will they forever remain in the hollows?
RELEASE DATE SET FOR MARCH 17, 2014 (St. Patrick’s Day!)
A life of fire
I had meant to post this much sooner, but for all those last minute-ers and/or for useful reference for next year, Sales & Use Tax Reports are due January 31st. No worries if you live in one of the five no-sales-tax-states: Oregon, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire (luckeeee). I live in California, which has the HIGHEST STATEWIDE MINIMUM SALES TAX in the nation. Ugh. We pay for our beautiful sunshine.
Okay, on to business. Writers are creative beings, but we are also business owners with all sorts of business-y things required of us. My CPA training comes in handy with the “money stuff” and I hope to make it a tad easier for writers struggling with these tasks.
I’m assuming (fingers crossed!) that you’ve kept a solid record of all hard copy (print) books that you purchased wholesale AND a record of the number of copies you distributed from your inventory throughout the year. Your record should include books you distributed to other retailers, books you sold directly to customers, and all books you gave away. Let me repeat, all books you GAVE AWAY also need to be accounted for! This includes copies you gave to yourself for personal use.
For sales tax purposes, these records DO NOT need to include copies customers bought from one of your print-on-demand distributors (Amazon, B&N, etc.). You receive Royalty Payments for the sales they make on your behalf, and these are not included on your Sales Tax Report. Why not? The distributors themselves will collect and report the appropriate sales tax required.
[Note: California is still exempt from Ebook sales, but other states have now added them as taxable items. Check with your particular state for updated rules. And of course, this would not pertain to Ebook sales made by Amazon, B&N, etc., but rather for Ebooks you sold directly to customers on your own].
If you are a fellow Californian, you can complete the online form provided (many other states offer online forms, as well). I will speak to the specifics of the California Form here. Most writers will show amounts in (5) categories/boxes: GROSS SALES, PURCHASES SUBJECT TO USE TAX, SALES TO OTHER RETAILERS FOR THE PURPOSES OF RESALE, SALES IN INTERSTATE OR FOREIGN COMMERCE, DISTRICT TAX.
Head spinning? Don’t let those complicated descriptions fool you. This is really not that difficult to do on your own. Really! Allow me to clarify the terms:
1. GROSS SALES “GS”. GS is determined by adding all monies you collected in exchange for your printed copies. This includes money received from other retailers, such as brick-n-mortar book stores, AND money received from individual customers (NOT including any sales tax that you already added). So, what if you sold books for a flat rate at an event and simply “included” sales tax in the price for ease of exchange? You will need to back out the sales tax portion to arrive at your GS amount using a simple formula.
Example: You sold a book for $10 at an event. The sales tax rate was 7.5%. Take $10 / 1.075 = $9.30 for the GS amount. Easy peasy!
Now, In the case of monies earned from other retailers (bookstores, etc.), use the entire amount they paid you as GS. Why? Because none of the amount they gave you included sales tax (or it shouldn’t have). You acted as a wholesaler to them, and they will be the ones to ultimately collect and report sales tax on their own reports. Don’t worry though, you will take this same amount as a DEDUCTION in #3 below.
Remember, no head spinning allowed!
2. PURCHASES SUBJECT TO USE TAX “PSUT”. This is for all those books you gave away. First, if you haven’t already done so, or if this is the first year you purchased an inventory supply of books, figure out your wholesale cost for each book. For each shipment, take the total cost of the books you purchased divided by the number of books you received to arrive at the per unit cost. This will be used to determine the dollar amount of PSUT. You will be charged Use Tax (same rate as Sales Tax) for these books. Bummer, I know, but since you didn’t pay the tax up front, you have to pay it now.
Example: if you gave away (or gave to yourself) a total of 50 books during the year and your wholesale cost per unit was $4.09 ($818 / 200 books), the dollar amount to put in the PSUT box will be 50 x $4.09 = $204.50. The report forces you to round up, so it will show as $205. This amount will be added to your GS amount to arrive at a total before deductions and adjustments.
3. SALES TO OTHER RETAILERS FOR THE PURPOSES OF RESALE “STOR”. Remember those monies you collected and included in GS in #1 above that pertained to other retailers? Well, now you get to take those monies as a DEDUCTION.
Example: You gave 20 books to a bookstore to sell on your behalf and they sold them all during the year. They pay you a percentage of the sales price–say 60% of $10 for each book–which amounted to $120 total paid to you. This amount, which should match what was included in GS above, is your “STOR” amount.
4. SALES IN INTERSTATE OR FOREIGN COMMERCE “SIFC”. SIFC are all sales made out of state and are exempt from sales tax in your own state. They are another DEDUCTION on the form. To figure this one, simply add up the sales you made to purchasers outside California.
5. DISTRICT TAX “DI”. If you made sales in counties aside from your own within the state and they assess a different sales tax rate, then you must include those amounts on the computation schedule provided to figure DI. On the schedule provided, find the particular counties in which you made sales and include the pre-tax monies received there (if needed, use the same formula in #1 above to back out any sales tax). If, for example, the sales tax in a different county is 8% versus your county’s 7.5% rate, the additional ½ % for DI will be added as an extra assessment on your report.
So, that’s the general gist of it. The most important thing to do is keep accurate records–at the very least a handwritten log of all sales and freebies. The better the records, the easier it will be at year end to complete all necessary reports. This is true whether you do them yourself or farm them out to a professional. A little effort throughout the year will save you tons of time come January (and then again come April 15th!)
The official Blog Hop is happening during the month of January for two charity anthologies: Children of the Night (ages 5-10) and Wild Cards (young adult). 100% of the proceeds for both books will go to The National Children’s Cancer Center. These books are all about the kids!
CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT is a fantastic book for Elementary School age children. Recommended reading ages 5-10 so read with your kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids and loved ones! With essential children’s lessons and good old fashioned Supernatural/Paranormal stories, this book gives you something for everyone. The children will enjoy the stories and the parents will enjoy the lessons in some of the stories. With stories about sharing, helping your parents, staying awake in class and never talking to strangers all will give you the opportunity to discuss these lessons with your children. Other stories like a Christmas mouse, Halloween night and a witch also provide enjoyment for the children.
The Participating Authors:
Ronald Griffin is a 31 year old Author who grew up in Georgia and still lives there today. His current writing style includes paranormal fantasy and horror. He has been writing since he was 9 years old when he wrote a Tiny Toons Adventure skit for his class and it was well received. From there, he was absorbed with writing about Superhero’s but once high school hit, the supernatural started calling him, especially the werewolves. This is where his latest The Blood Lives Saga was born. You can either find him locked away in his writing cave or at his local Cracker Barrel where he supports his fantasy genre reading habit. His Author idol is the husband and wife writing team Ilona Andrews. He has thoroughly enjoyed their magic series novels and feels encouraged that they are from his same state. When not writing, you can find Ronald spending time with his daughters (ages 3 and 9) and his son (age 7). He can be found spending time making precious moments with them and hopefully passing along his writing bug to them.
Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works Fear (Vol. 1) and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.
WHY: I’ve loved vampires since I saw Frank Langella in the first “hot vampire” version of Dracula years ago. That love intensified in my later teens with The Lost Boys, and reading Interview with the Vampire, along with anything vampire I could get my hands on. But I wanted more than the evil monster chasing young virgins; more than the sweet, misunderstood handsome fanged stranger that becomes the perfect mate for the woman who captures his heart after so many lone centuries. I wanted a vampire so well-crafted in detail that I could believe he was real. I wanted something different to happen in the story, other than girl becomes vampire, or vampire becomes dust. I wanted passion, tragedy, romance, suspense, action, and the haunting sweetness of poetry and song floating on a soft night breeze. So I penned my own vampires.
Though her childhood was spent moving frequently, Ann Snizek is originally from Vermont and now lives in Virginia with her family. As a home-schooling family, Ann and her husband have tried to nurture the love of books in their children and now their grandchildren — always encouraging their imaginations.
Ann actively promotes literacy in her community, organizing and facilitating a creative writing club and then quickly adding volunteer tutoring and English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor at her local adult learning center.
Loving all aspects of writing, Ann started Snow Flower Enterprises (dot) com, and its divisions, to help other independent authors reach their goals.
Mark Mackey, living in Chicago, started writing during the late 1990’s when he submitted a simple poem to a contest which was later published in an anthology. In addition he has won two screenplay awards, one for the short screenplay Horror in the Woods, and one for the feature Length screenplay A Tale of Two Girls, both in the book Four Screenplays volume I. Also he has written several books in the process of being edited and three short stories published in three different anthologies.
Christina Mercer, author of Tween/Teen Fantasy Arrow of the Mist, writes fiction for children and young adults. She was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, she took Writer’s Best of Show at the SCBWI California North/Central Regional Conference, and she won an Honorable Mention in the 21st Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Christina enjoys life in the foothills of Northern California with her husband and sons, a pack of large dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees.
Jodie Pierce is married to her hubby, John who gave her a storybook happily-ever-after. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio but traveled to Brasil when she was 16 years old as an exchange student and she continues to travel the US with her hubby. Jodie started writing as a teenager and even wrote for her schools’ newspaper and yearbook.
She has had a fascination with vampires since they were introduced to her as a child so she’s had a long history with them. It wasn’t until she started reading the Anne Rice vampire books in college that she was truly inspired to stop writing sappy teen romance stories and focus on the vampires she loved. You will find some of her experiences from Brasil in her stories. Many of her stories have historical or researched facts as she also enjoys research and learning about new places.
She has published four short novels (Eternal Press), a short story in “Midnight Thirst 2″, an anthology (Melange Books), has five self-published books (with 3 more charity anthologies by the end of 2013). She’s published her first charity vampire anthology book with various Authors named In Vein, where all the proceeds of the book went to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She loves helping out other new Authors, runs blog hops and Facebook events for them to help market them. She has her own small publishing company named Vampirical Lyrical Publishing where she takes on new Authors and helps them see their creations come to life. She’s always busy with the next great vampire story as her mind is non-stop and even plagues her dreams. She’s co-manager of the Facebook Supernatural Writer’s Group where they put together 2 charity books a year where all proceeds will be donated to a special charity.
Buy Link: AMAZON
Check out this special book, you’re bound to find something fun!
A few of these same authors, along with others, created WILD CARDS, a book dedicated to Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers with a Supernatural/Paranormal flare. You will find a variety of stories so it won’t be hard to find something you and your children will like. From stories about the Grim Reaper, a dragon rider, three wishes, a witch, a man without a face, a house on a haunted street, the making of a villain and much more there is plenty for everyone.
Buy Link for this one: AMAZON
Mackenzie Duncan found out that pack life wasn’t for her. Now she is running for the second time in the six months since she was bitten and turned into a Werewolf. But this time, she isn’t alone. This time, she has Geoff and Liam with her, two very hot Werewolves vying for her heart.
But her companions aren’t her focus. The only thing she can focus on is getting far from her old pack and their murderous ways. Only, she doesn’t just want to run. She wants to warn every pack she can that their lives are in danger too. No one should be turned against their will like she was and no other pack should have to surrender to the ideas of a centuries old, power hungry woman.
Not only does Mackenzie have to deal with her crazy ex-pack leader sending people out to kill her, she has to keep both men at arm’s length (and that proves to be much more difficult than she thought), but she finds out more about her own life and heritage than she ever thought imaginable.
And suddenly, everything makes sense…
Get the first book in the Mackenzie Duncan Series, The Tempering while it is on sale!
The Mythology department at prestigious Harvard University is tiny—and Mackenzie Duncan has just been selected as one of the lucky few. Her love for myths and legends is strong, but she never thought any of it could be real.
After being attacked by a large wolf while walking home alone, Mackenzie realizes something is not right. She heals quickly, is suddenly super strong, and is experiencing mood swings that can’t possibly be normal. The myths she’s studying aren’t myths at all. Werewolves are real and she’s one of them. Fear of what she is, and who she might hurt sends Mackenzie running from the life she’s worked hard to build–and straight into the arms of a handsome Were named Geoff and into the home of his pack. Living with her new pack takes the edge off her confusion and self-loathing, but the arrival of new pack members changes the dynamic, and tests Geoff and Mackenzie’s growing relationship.
The hardest part of being a werewolf is having no control and no memory of her time as a blood thirsty beast. When a moon cycle passes and she actually remembers bits and pieces of the night, she starts to ask questions, and the more questions she asks, the more she realizes she doesn’t like the answers. Can she set aside her own sense of morals to belong to a pack that is like a family or will she leave everything behind yet again in search of a life she can be proud of?
Growing up, Adrianne couldn’t get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn’t have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.
During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life’s stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family.
As a young adult and new adult author, Adrianne James has plans to bring stories of growing characters, a little romance, and perhaps a little magic and mythology down the line for her readers to enjoy.