Dale's Blog for Writers

Welcome to my blog for writers! Here you'll find calls for submissions and posts about the nuts-and-bolts of writing and publishing.

Help Save the Lives of LGBT Chechens

You may have heard that the Chechen government is rounding up and torturing gay/bi men. The New York Times reports at least 100 arrests and three deaths. Yesterday I began encouraging my friends on Facebook and Twitter to donate to the Russian LGBT Network, which is helping evacuate vulnerable LGBT people from Chechnya. I also decided to direct proceeds from my anthology Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love to the Russian LGBT Network through April 20, and I've been encouraging other authors to do something similar. I put together this FAQ to answer some of the questions that have come up.

Tax Season Is a Time to Keep Cool: A Writer’s Guide to Missing 1099-MISC forms and Unpaid Royalties

It's tax season here in the United States, and questions popping up on many author boards is, "What do I do if my publisher didn't send me a Form 1099-MISC?" and "Can I deduct unpaid royalties as a loss if my publisher closed?" This article covers who needs a 1099-MISC, what to do if you don't get a 1099-MISC or get one that's wrong, and how little the IRS cares about your unpaid royalties. It also discusses reporting publishers you suspect of tax fraud.

How to Track Book Sales — Even When You’re Not the Publisher

In this article, I evaluate sales tracking systems that are free to any author with an ebook on Amazon, paying special attention to Pronoun and NovelRank. Why these two? I've used both of these for a while because they're user-friendly and can be used by any author whether they self-publish their ebooks or work with a traditional publisher. I also touch on tracking sales of print books—a much more difficult endeavor.
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