The Tax Man Cometh

One of the tough parts of self-publishing is dealing with taxes. They seem to be even surer than death. You only die once. You pay taxes all the time. So, you have to keep track of all your books--the inventory, where you sell them, how you sell them, ones you give away, your expenses, your income, and you have to pay state sales tax every six months. I inadvertently skipped one reporting period. They waited three years and then let me know I owed them $800! Luckily, I was able to knock it down to sixty dollars, but still. . .

So, now I'm knee deep in papers and records, trying to figure out what's mine and what's theirs.

Despite that, I have a few projects in mind for 2008--one involving a mouse and some cookies. Another Christmas tale. The Christmas Dragon was well received, even though we only had four weeks to get it out there. I think it looks great and many people have told me how much their kids/grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc. enjoyed reading it. That always makes an author's day. Susan Collett (the illustrator) and I are getting together soon to talk about new marketing strategies.

On the normal side of life, I'm trying to organize Christmas stuff, clean up the basement, get back to work, and promising this week to get back to exercising!

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