Hmmm..it seems to have gotten a bit quiet in here. No cheering for taxes? Okay, maybe tax time isn’t the most cheer-worthy time of the year. Actually, it’s quite an annoying time of year unless you’re some sicko who REALLY love math problems mixed in with a bit of non-sensical, ever-changing financial law.
Still, tax time is here which means each day my mailbox gets filled up with all kinds of forms and statements I’m supposed to somehow make sense of (while also resisting the urge to toss the paper into the guinea pigs’ cage to let them nibble it all away).
As a writer who has books scattered across the Internet on places like Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and various other places that I should be keeping track of, and because I occasionally pester my social media followers about said books, I do actually sell a book now and then. Since I’m not making my goal/dream of selling tens of thousands of books each month and since I’ve never been good at statistics, I don’t make much effort to monitor these sales.
This lack of monitoring adds a tiny bit of a silver lining to tax time.
See, every single one of the places where my books are sold (including all the many iterations of Amazon across the world) is required by law to send me a form stating my royalties. So, once a year I’m forced to take a look at my book sales. And I have to say I’m always surprised (in a good way).
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like any of the numbers are going to cancel out my mortgage, but when I think about how little I make on each sale (Amazon and other retailers take a nice chunk out for the honor of having my stuff on their websites, and don’t get me started on how little I actually get for my paperbacks), I’m always surprised there is any money left to report. But each year, there it is in black and white in a little box: the evidence that a fair number of people actually do buy my books.
So let me just give a hearty “Thank you” to everyone out there who has bought one of my books over the past year. You make my tax time a little less dreadful.
Now, I just need to sit down, crack open a six pack of microbrew (for both stamina and sanity), and set about to figuring out these math problems the IRS expects me to complete.
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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCIL. YOU CAN FIND HER WORK AT TAMMIE PAINTER’S BOOKSTORE & GALLERY.