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RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Grace Elliot - 03 Nov 2013 06:57 PM

Do keep us posted as to how things are going. I'm keenly following your progress.


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Ghoststorywriter - 04 Nov 2013 01:30 AM

(03 Nov 2013 06:57 PM)Grace Elliot Wrote: Wrote:  Do keep us posted as to how things are going. I'm keenly following your progress.

Thank you, Grace. One tactic I did try recently was to offer a few of my books as free downloads via the Amazon promotional offer. I got over 300 downloads, which was fantastic. Only trouble is, though, I have not yet had a single review from any of them. Still, I will keep hoping.


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - profnexus - 13 Nov 2013 11:13 AM

Hi, and the very best of luck with your new self-employed status.
I don't think that anyone else has mentioned this but you may wish to seek the services of an accountant. Firstly, some will give you perhaps a half-hour consultation for free. It is of course generic, but nevertheless worthwhile. Secondly, if your sales pick up you can opt to employ one to look after your tax!!!!!!!!!!!payments. When I was self employed on low earnings I used a very simple computer programme (free) and sent the details to the accountant, via mail, once a year. I had to take receipts etc. to him but that was that. The low cost was outweighed by the non-payment of tax as I paid nothing for two years. And with no hassle. Obviously if you are fully au-fait with completion of the myriad of tax forms then you will not need one. Just something to consider.
I hope that it all works out.


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Ghoststorywriter - 13 Nov 2013 11:43 AM

(13 Nov 2013 11:13 AM)profnexus Wrote: Wrote:  Hi, and the very best of luck with your new self-employed status.
I don't think that anyone else has mentioned this but you may wish to seek the services of an accountant. Firstly, some will give you perhaps a half-hour consultation for free. It is of course generic, but nevertheless worthwhile. Secondly, if your sales pick up you can opt to employ one to look after your tax!!!!!!!!!!!payments. When I was self employed on low earnings I used a very simple computer programme (free) and sent the details to the accountant, via mail, once a year. I had to take receipts etc. to him but that was that. The low cost was outweighed by the non-payment of tax as I paid nothing for two years. And with no hassle. Obviously if you are fully au-fait with completion of the myriad of tax forms then you will not need one. Just something to consider.
I hope that it all works out.

Hi Profnexus

Many thanks for your kind advice. It was much appreciated. Yes, that's a good idea, and I shall certainly take that on board. At the moment, as my business only started in June, I am still not yet picking up the min wage, so I have downloaded a form from HMRC which gives exemption from paying NI contributions while I am on the low income. In regard to my appeal against the Tax Credit decision, well, I am still waiting for work back from them.

In the meantime, I have put the finishing touches to a new Kindle book, which I hope to publish this week on Amazon. It will contain three new stories with a Christmas theme, and the book is called A CHRISTMAS GHOST STORY. The leading story will carry that title, and I think anybody who loves a good Christmas ghost story will enjoy it immensely.

Thanks again for the advice.



RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Scribbler - 14 Nov 2013 12:06 PM

(04 Nov 2013 01:30 AM)Ghoststorywriter Wrote: Wrote:  ... I got over 300 downloads, which was fantastic. Only trouble is, though, I have not yet had a single review from any of them. Still, I will keep hoping.
I think that's pretty much par for the course, Alan, I'm sure somebody said expect around one review for every 500 freebies!


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Ghoststorywriter - 11 Apr 2014 12:27 AM

(03 Nov 2013 06:57 PM)Grace Elliot Wrote: Wrote:  Do keep us posted as to how things are going. I'm keenly following your progress.

Hi Grace. Just to keep you updated on my how my Kindle book writing business is going, I have just published my new horror novella, WEREWOLF QUARTET, on Amazon. Here is a blurb of the book:

Werewolf Quartet is a terrifying horror portmanteau novella in the style of Tales From The Crypt and Vault of Horror. There are four tales with a lycanthrope theme, framed by a main storyline, which follows a young horror magazine editor who, searching for new stories for his publication, travels out to a big old Victorian house in the English countryside to read four werewolf stories written by an elderly gentleman called Mr Barratt. However, Dempsey finds that when it comes to werewolves, truth can often be more horrifying than fiction . . .