Recently Answered Questions:



Q –

My mom wrote 3 books, all of which were about my children, and published them through Tate Publishing and the royalties were to go to my children to buy them a home and she passed away. I’m trying to see what to do and amazon is still selling books?? Please help.

– R.S.


A – 

Hi Rachel,

Unfortunately, you will need to start all over in the publishing process. We can help you do that through BookLocker.com and you’ll qualify for our disgruntled author special.

If you have not obtained your production files from Tate Publishing by now, you will not be able to get those files.

If Amazon is still selling copies, I recommend filing a copyright infringement complaint. However, it’s very important to READ THIS first.

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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy

Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

Q –

Dear Angela,

My publisher pays my royalties through PayPal, which I like because I get paid fast. I also occasionally get paid for articles through that website. 

My question is, will I be getting a 1099 from my publisher and magazine editors each year, or will PayPal be reporting my income to the taxing authorities?

Also, PayPal occasionally charges me a fee to receive money, but not always. Why is that? 


A –

Since the post office is now slower than ever (and since so much mail gets lost), PayPal is a very convenient way to pay people. Folks get their money instantly (in most cases), and most people already have a PayPal account. Also, if a company is not keeping their authors’ or writers’ tax information in a database, they are far less appetizing to hackers.

NEW TAX REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS YEAR

The United States and other countries are cracking down on payment reporting. You may have seen in the news that, in the U.S., the feds want every bank to report any individual who has had more than $600 in transactions in a given year. While that legislation is still in the works, they have officially changed their reporting requirements for PayPal and other payment processors. That went into effect on 1/1/22.

Your payments are business transactions. PayPal is required to report business transactions on any business earning $600 or more in a calendar year (The previous threshold for PayPal was $20K or 200 transactions in a year.)

PAYPAL TEMPORARILY  HOLDS ONTO SOME USERS’ FUNDS

If you do not typically received business transactions through your PayPal account, or if you receive a larger payment than usual, they may put a payment on hold because it’s considered “unusual activity” for your account. That is for your and their security. We receive credit for PayPal payments instantly when people send us money but we’ve been accepting those types of transactions for many years. Thus, PayPal knows we’re a legitimate “business,” and that nobody has hacked our account.

The first reason on the link directly above says:
“The payment you received may be considered unusual for your selling pattern.”

Once PayPal determines that your account is on the up and up, they should no longer make you wait to access your funds.

PAYPAL’S FEES

When somebody sends money to “pay for a product or service,” PayPal will charge the recipient a fee. When somebody sends a payment via PayPal’s friends and family method, they do not charge the recipient a fee (and, they do not report those transactions to tax authorities). However, they may charge the sender a fee, especially if that money is being sent to an account in another country.

Don’t ask your publisher or an editor to send you a business payment via the friends and family method for article writing or book sales. Doing so can get you both into trouble with PayPal AND with the tax authorities. It is very unprofessional to ask someone to commit tax fraud, and doing so can harm your reputation with your publisher and/or magazine editors. 

As a PayPal business customer (writing is a business, after all), per your agreement with that company, they charge fees to receive payments that are for business transactions. Many companies accept the fees as a reasonable cost of doing business since the site makes making and receiving payments so fast and convenient.

We used to mail checks to writers who wrote articles for us, and to authors for royalties. After the post office failed to deliver numerous checks over the years, and after one of our checks was stolen and “washed” in another country, and after countless writers and authors “lost” their checks (and asked for replacements), and after countless others simply never deposited their checks (making my accounting each year-end a nightmare), we switched to PayPal and we’ve never regretted it.

And, while I’ve seen online that some people have reported their PayPal accounts have been hacked, that is rare. To help prevent that, use a completely unique password for your PayPal account, and make it a good one. with lots of differing capital and lower-case letters, and characters (i.e. *, $, #, &, etc.).

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7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition


At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!



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https://writersweekly.com/books/5635.html





Q –

I already finished my book series. Should I publish them all at once, or one at a time?


A –

If you’ve finished writing and editing all of them, yes, I recommend publishing them all at once. People hate to have to wait for another book in a series and, if the next book in a series comes out months (or even years) later, you won’t be able to contact all of the previous buyers.

If you publish all the books at once, you can put ads for all of the other books in the series in the back of each book. That way, everybody reading the books will know about the rest of the series, and can immediately purchase those.

Even better, if you are advertising the series, and if all of the books are already available, many people will go ahead and buy the entire series so they won’t have to wait after finishing the first book.

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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy

Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition


At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!



Read more here:


https://writersweekly.com/books/5635.html





 

 

I recently received the following statement in an email from an author:

“I recently paid a company called Ghostwriting Proficiency to edit (my book) but to my dismay, they could not speak or write proper English.”

I had never heard of that company so I checked them out. This is what I learned:

A simple review of their website reveals poor writing skills. It certainly appears the text was not written by a native English speaker. And, I think any ghostwriter or ghostwriting firm would provide perfect writing on their website as an example of their offerings. But, they do not.

Examples:

“The journey from a writer to becoming an author gets that more easy with ghostwritingproficiency.com.”

“We then assign you a Writer and ensure your comfortability with both the Ghostwriter as well as the Editor.”

“With Ghostwriting Proficiency services from expert ghostwriters and professional book editors; days of becoming a published author are closer than ever before.”

“Welcome aspiring writers, scholars and mentors, if you are on the hunt to getting published, you’ve reached your destination.”

“Next come the ghostwriters responsible to pen your book in your voice. Your book will be assigned to a dedicated writer who will focus just on your book for the entirety of the project and thus gives you 101% on paper.”

I’ll stop there but there’s plenty more on their website.

Now, check out the “team” photos on their website. Those people look darned near perfect, huh? There’s a reason for that! Right click to save those people’s images, and then upload those to Google’s image search option. You’ll find that the images are from stock photo agencies. In other words, those images may be of real people but those folks are models. They don’t work for that “ghostwriting” company. Don’t worry. You don’t have to do the Google search because I already did it for you! 🙂

 

Let’s start with Joseph Prichard‘s photo. You can see him there on the right in the photo above. Except, that’s not really him. It is fake. He’s a real guy but he is not Joseph Pritchard and he doesn’t work for GhostWritingProficiency.com. How do I know? Because, he’s on this stock photo site:

And, on Quora.com, a guy named Paul Pedigo is using that photo as himself. In another Quora post, his name is Taylor Wilkinson because somebody else liked the photo enough to want to look like that guy (online at least), too. Who wouldn’t?

And, there’s more!

Think that’s a coincidence? (I’m sure you don’t.) Well, check out the lovely Miriam M. Snyder.

Did you know she’s not only a writer (she’s not!), but also a model for dentist offices? You can see why. After all, she does have very nice teeth!

Lastly, let’s check out Robert D. Hillhouse.

Handsome fellow, right? That’s why he’s a MODEL!

Buyer beware! Thoroughly research every firm you plan to hire online. If the employees or contractors all look like models, THEY PROBABLY ARE!

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Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

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Q –

I need clarification on photo release forms. Do I need one for a picture in which faces are so distant or blurred that they are unrecognizable? What if you can see only 1/4 of the person’s face?

What if the people in the photo have their back to the camera? Do I need their permission? What about people in other countries?


A –

DISCLAIMER: I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. Please consult with your attorney for any and all legal questions.

That said….

Different countries have different laws about people appearing in photographs. You would need to check the laws for countries where your foreign photos were taken.

In the U.S., if a photo is taken on public property, you don’t need permission to publish that photo, even if people are in it. People in public have no expectation of privacy. That’s why you see, for example, news footage of crowds of people in public places. Of course, journalists and publishers did not obtain permission from those people.

Read THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE on that topic, which is called “street photography.”

If a photo is taken on private property, people do have an expectation of privacy. So, for example, if your buddy was at a party at your house, and you took a picture of him kissing a woman other than his wife, or skinny dipping, or doing shots (or worse!), you can’t publish any pictures without his written permission.

If someone is in the background, and not quite in focus, I recommend blurring the face more in a graphics program just to be safe. If they are completely blurry, and if you are confident that nobody will ever recognize that person, then it would probably be okay to publish his or her picture.

HOWEVER, what if you took a picture of a girl wearing a pink jumpsuit at your party? And, let’s assume her face is pretty blurry but she was the ONLY person at your party wearing a pink jumpsuit. Somebody else who attended your party might recognize her, tell a friend, etc., etc. And, what if she’d skipped work to come to your party and her boss found out and she got fired? The possibilities, of course, are endless here.

With all that in mind, I recommend:

  1. Only publishing pictures taken on public property.
  2. For private property photos, obtain permission from everyone in the photo.
  3. If you can’t, crop them out of the photo or blur the background so much that you can’t even tell a person was there.

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At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!



Read more here:


https://writersweekly.com/books/5635.html







90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy

Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!



Q –

I am writing a non-fiction book about (topic removed). I am using lots of quotes from other books. Since I’m not doing this to make money, I don’t need permission to quote from other books, right? I am sure I won’t be making a profit with my book because I’m going to give away copies.


A –

Regardless if you want to profit from the book or not, permission must still be obtained for anything that goes beyond the scope of “fair use.”

Please see:
https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/more-info.html

If permission is required, you need to contact the owner of the copyright, which will likely either be the writer or the publisher of the book.

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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy

Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!



Q –

Hello Angela.

You say you don’t believe in censorship yet your own publishing company refuses to publish some books. Isn’t that in a way your own form of censorship? Shouldn’t anybody who’s willing to pay your fees be permitted to publish their book on your platform? It doesn’t seem fair because you charge so much less than others.

I.A.


A –

Every business owner has the right to manufacture and sell what they want. If you’re looking for a publisher that will print and sell anything and everything, there are many to choose from! We call those Author Meat Markets. They don’t care how bad a book is. They only care how much money they can squeeze out of each author’s pocket.

When an author uses one of those firms, they are then automatically associated with a company that publishes really, really bad books. And, believe me, bookstores and libraries know the names of those companies. The inventories of those firms is so bad that some libraries and bookstores won’t even order books by that “publisher.” Even their authors with well-written books can be considered guilty by association.

In other words, publishing your book through an Author Meat Market can instantly harm your sales…and even your reputation.

At BookLocker, we are selective about what we publish and, of course, bookstores and libraries buy our books. Our authors deserve to be proud of their publisher; not embarrassed by it.

So, my answer to your question is no. Just because you have some money doesn’t mean I have to publish your book. It’s not censorship. It’s good business sense.

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A systematic approach to writing that generates better quality quickly!


Chock full of ideas, tips, techniques and inspiration, this down-to-earth book is easy to read, and even easier to apply. Let author Jeff Bollow take you through a process that brings your ideas to the page faster, more powerfully and easier than ever before.




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Q –

I got your name through a published author at BookLocker. I did a crowdfunding campaign, and already had an artist design the cover of my book, and the inside of it, too. I am now looking for a publisher. Would you be willing to publish my book?


A –

We will be happy to consider your manuscript for publication. Most of our competitors are author meat markets, meaning they will publish anything and everything, and they’ll charge thousands to do so. We don’t do business that way. Since having your book published by such a company can harm your reputation (guilty by association), and decimate your sales, you should avoid the author meat markets.

To submit your manuscript for consideration, please click here:

https://secure.booklocker.com/authors/new/form.php

Unfortunately, you have made a mistake that we see on occasion. It is highly doubtful that the designer you hired knows our specs. And, if a cover or interior file is not formatted to our specs, the printer will reject those files. When that happens, we must either create those files from scratch, or the author must go back to his or her designer, and pay them to make changes to his or her files.

Unfortunately, this is a scam that some so-called designers are increasingly victimizing authors with. Why only get paid to do a job once when you can charge someone to do it twice? They know they need a particular printer’s specs before they design a book for print publication. But, the scammers do it anyway, knowing that the author will very likely come back later, and need to pay for changes or, worse, pay to re-do the entire job.

In the future, please do not hire a cover or interior designer before you know the publisher’s or printer’s specs. At BookLocker, all of our publishing packages except the D.I.Y. one include original cover designer, interior print formatting/design/conversion, and ebook formatting/design/conversion in the prices.

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  • Do you want to REALLY keep 100% of your royalties?
  • Do you want to REALLY self-publish your book?
  • Do you want direct contracts with the world's largest Print on Demand printer as well as Ingram, the world's largest book distributor, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and any other ebook retailer you choose?

All at a price LOWER than most POD publishers!
http://www.PubPreppers.com

Q –

A couple of my friends who have purchased my book through my publisher’s website have tried to leave reviews for it on Amazon. They are not able to do so. Do you know why? I tried, too, and had the same result.

Another book that has a release date next month, (title removed), is also not yet available on Amazon except for preorder, but it has reviews and star ratings and such. How can one book on preorder get reviews and another not?


A – 

Please see:

Two Reasons Why Some of Your Readers are NOT Allowed to Post Reviews on Amazon!

and

IS AMAZON REJECTING BOOK REVIEWS FROM YOUR READERS? We Found a Work-Around! by Angela Hoy

The example book you included in your email is written by an international celebrity. Of course, that person will be getting reviews from all over the world – and not from just from his friends and family.

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Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!







Q –

My thirteen year old granddaughter is exhibiting a real interest in writing and I was wondering if there were any websites that you would recommend to her. It would be a shame to see her creative fire snuffed out before it could really get set ablaze.

– R.L.


A –

Please have her subscribe to WritersWeekly and, when asked, choose the free book option that is Query Letters That Worked.

And, this magazine specifically buys articles and stories from children.

Finally, if she is an excellent writer, she can query regular magazines. Nobody is going to ask her age. If she needs to complete a contract to write for anyone, she can have her parent or you do that for her.

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QUERY LETTERS THAT WORKED! Real Queries That Landed $2K+ Writing Assignments



Peek over the shoulders of highly successful freelance writers to see how they earn thousands per article! The query letter is the key!
In these pages, you'll find real query letters that landed real assignments for national magazines, websites, and corporations.

Also includes:

  • Abbi Perrets' form letter that brings in $30,000-$45,000 annually
  • Sample phone query from Christine Greeley
  • The Six Golden Rules of Queries and Submissions...and How I Broke Them! by Bob Freiday
  • Your Rights As a "Freelancer"
  • and ANGELA HOY'S SECRET for finding ongoing freelance work from companies that have a stable of freelancers, yet never run ads for them!









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