Avoiding Disaster – Computer Crashes


tech talk

So I am in the end stages of revisions on my manuscript and worked for 3 whole days on 4 chapters.  I am proudly getting toward the end and as I finish yesterday’s revisions, I finish off by ‘saving’ my work and sending a copy to ‘Dropbox.’   I was previously a bit apprehensive of using Dropbox because I was leery about sending my pride and joy off to some cyber space vault.  As I himmed and hawed over the decision of using Dropbox for weeks, I finally signed up for it a week ago.

Today I went back to work on my final 2 chapters.  I anxiously got myself seated at my desk with my coffee and opened up my Word…………only to discover that the last 4 chapters I had so diligently worked on all week were GONE.

At first I thought I was going to throw up as I scrambled through all my documents and couldn’t find the last chapters.  I searched my computer for the files to no avail.  Being that I am not the savviest techy in town, I was in full panic mode.  I fumbled around with looking for my recycle bin and so forth.  Yes, I did of course look in my Dropbox but for some reason it only had the previously updated file in it.  I couldn’t figure out where my work went, especially after saving and sending to Dropbox.

After I went crazy and literally found myself pulling my hair out, I clicked around Dropbox, knowing there had to be a way it didn’t delete, even the deleted files.  Praise the Lord, I found the file somewhere it should not have been and got to restore it.  It felt like Christmas!

The moral of this story is……..BACKUP  BACKUP BACKUP!  Everywhere, just backup!  And by all means Get Dropbox!!!!!!!!



Non-US Self-Publisher? #Tax Issues Don’t Need to be Taxing


Non-US Self-Publisher? Tax Issues Don’t Need to be Taxing.

I absolutely had to post this link to Catherine Ryan Howard’s blog and discussion with David Gaughran. It is chock-full of information for authors concerned about the U.S. tax laws if they are not U.S. citizens. I myself, had been trying to find bits of information here and there to prepare for the publication of my book this fall to keep a step ahead before losing my 30% in withholdings to book distributors due to non U.S. status. I would also like to give a shout-out to Maia Sepp, a generous author who has brought this information to my attention when I discovered her reading an article in the Indie Newspaper – Paperli.

It is so wonderful to be able to have so much kindness and support from fellow Indie’s in this exciting journey of birthing a book and learning how to set it free into the world. We all work to write better books and to work harmoniously with one another is a blessing.

Being Prepared is being a great step ahead of the game!


Note: Since this publication, Amazon has begun accepting Canadian Social Insurance Numbers in order to avoid paying taxes to the IRS, instead of the going through the whole U.S. filing process. Click on the links above to find out more and you will also notice that comments have been closed on the original post, but still a wealth of information.  Here is a link with more details  http://selfpublishingadvice.org/tax-on-usa-author-royalties/