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Mastering the Amazon KDP Tax Interview - Everything you need to know

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And here we are. A new starry-eyed author publishing our book on Amazon.

We had stumbled upon the the Amazon KDP website after our dad recommended we check it out. But what now? What does one do after entering your email ID into the vast troughs of Amazon's online customer database? Do we do a magic publishing-jig and hope that the God of Publishing smiles upon us? Do we sacrifice one of our dearest paperback-companions as a sign that the Kindle-Deity can trust us?

Once the dust has settled on your brand-new Amazon KDP account you might be wondering why you are now faced by a message from Amazon demanding you spend precious time completing an online tax interview? Why should we? Surely the time taken to complete your manuscript is enough?

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Lost In Translation: How to know which version of English might be best for your book

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The Rainbow Nation of South Africa truly is a unique crowd. We have our braais, sunny skies, traditional greetings, and words that are understood only by other Saffers - no matter which of the 11 national languages they might speak.

It's only natural that you'd want to blend some of that delicious Mzansi-flava into your writing, and we encourage it wholeheartedly. (Un?)Surprisingly, the exact dialect with which you write your book can have repercussions. Have you noticed the ENG-US button at the bottom of Word (and in most other word processing software?) Most people just shrug, thinking "Ugh, what's the difference? English is English, right?"

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2017 South African Childrens Bookfair - JHB - 15-18 June

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For those looking to explore the local market for children's literature this event is just for you.

The 2017 South African Children's Bookfair is promising to be a one-stop event for authors, publishers, illustrators and other industry professionals. Exhibitions, workshops and book launches promise to make it well worth the trip into Boksburg.

Unfortunately, exact details on the speaker lineup, exhibitions and workshops seems to be a bit sparse at  the moment. I have asked the event organizer for a bit more detail and will update this post once I have it. This article by the guest speaker at the event James Murua seems to have the most comprehensive info on the event.

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Can an Author Update an eBook already Published on Amazon?

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So, you've published your eBook a few months ago on Kindle, and you've been waiting for those royalty checks to roll in, but alas - no sales to date. Meanwhile, you've been thinking about your book and came up with a number of ways in which you could've put forth a better effort.

Perhaps you've been wondering if self-publishing really is a farce and that all books fade into obscurity when it hits the Kindle store. Not so fast!

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Breaking Through the Block – A Workshop for Writers – 1st July 2017, JHB

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 Love learning?

Love networking with other authors?

Ever struggle with Writer’s Block?

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How to apply for an ISBN number from Zimbabwe and other African countries

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Africa is a magical continent. From majestic sunsets through to that wild animal that somehow wondered into your backyard. Simply put, we have a different way of life from the rest of the world. For authors, nowhere is this difference more apparent than when you are wondering how the hell you can get your hands on an ISBN number for your new paperback. This article sheds light on how to obtain an elusive ISBN when you live within the African continent.

My friends and fellow self-publishing authors from the US and UK are laughing at as right now. For those living within Trump’s America or the United Kingdom some distance away, applying for their golden ISBN digits is only a few mouse-clicks away. For those British or American authors who might disagree, lets have a quick recap.

The First-world ISBN application process

Applying for an ISBN number for a US author – Bowker Identifier Services. ($125 for one ISBN)

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Calls for Submissions: South African Authors, This Is Your Opportunity to Be Recognised

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South Africans often believe that they are excluded from international writing competitions, which tends to leave them feeling demotivated and uninspired. Perhaps it’s a lack of research skills, or perhaps it’s easier to believe that than to take the plunge. Fear of success is almost as prevalent as fear of failure.

If you believe your writing is worthy of being read and celebrated, you should go out and do what you can with what you have. Every day, authors slave away in front of their keyboards (or even the arbitrary pencil and paper!) weaving together words to create literary works that may never be read. But fear of failure does not stop them from chasing that dream. And, judging by the countless published books, successful television and stage productions, magazines, newspapers and every other form of media, thousands (if not millions!) of authors succeed. It all starts with committing thoughts to words.

Ultimately, it's a question of Why do you write?

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