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Taxes for Writers, Part 1

Since Tax Time is here again, I thought I’d share this once again for all those writers and prospective writers out there who might need the advice.

Kal Spriggs

In writing, as in many things, there is no getting away from the absolutes: Death and Taxes. The good news, such as it is, is that writing can have a number of perks, chief among them is making you a bit of money.  The bad news, of course, is that you’ll have to pay taxes on that money.

Even if you’re not earning money on writing just yet, your writing can save you a bit come tax season.  Writing, so long as you are making a sincere effort at publishing or getting published, is a business.  As a business, you can take deductions from expenses common both to general writing and genre fiction.  Those deductions can really start to add up and can be a real benefit when you go to file your taxes, hoping to get a little bit more money back.

If, like me, you’ve earned money writing…

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Interview, Conventions, and an Update

Just a quick update, Fenris Unchained went live last weekend.  If you haven’t had the chance to buy it or read it, well, that’s a way to spend a nice snow day like we’re having here in Colorado.

Also, I’ve got an interview up at Pretty Hot Books, you can check that out here if you’d like.

In addition, I’ve got something of a tentative convention schedule for the rest of 2015.  Right now it looks like the major conventions I’ll be participating in and attending include:

April: Starfest (Denver, CO)

June: LibertyCon (Chatanooga, TN)

October: MileHiCon (Denver, CO)

August: MalCon (Denver, CO)

I’m still waiting to hear back on several conventions and I’ll update this list as I know more.  I’ve already attended Cosine 2015, here in Colorado Springs and had a great time there.  That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

Velocity and Trajectory

Good info for all authors in general, especially indies:

Mad Genius Club

This is a guest post by Dorothy Grant, Peter’s wife.

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Sarah just informed me that the Giant Obvious Change to Amazon’s algorithms wasn’t so obvious – not to authors who are busy writing and moving. So, let’s talk about organizing book promotions in the current market.

About the time Amazon shook up the writing world by releasing a competitor to Scribd and Oyster (namely Kindle Unlimited, or KU), it also implemented a major revision to its sales ranking algorithm. The obvious impact was that KU borrows have the same impact on sales rank as an immediate sale, but no payment is made until 10% of the text is read. This had the effect of decoupling the strict cause and effect relationship between a book’s actual sales and its sales rank.

However, Amazon also implemented a more subtle but much more massive change to the algorithm. The name of…

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Happy 2015!

Happy New Year to everyone!  May this new year bring you all good fortune and success, and if it doesn’t do that, well, I hope everyone has a good time!

I wanted to say thanks, in addition, to all my readers.  The fact that you enjoy what I write makes me want to write more.  Being an independent author means I don’t get a big advance from a big publisher, I get the royalties from you all, which means a lot more to me in a number of ways.

2015 brings a lot of changes for me.  I’ve left active duty and I’m looking for a civilian job.  What that means for my readers is I’ll have a bit more time to write.  What it means for me is that I get more time with my family and a little bit more predictability (I hope) in my schedule.  I haven’t worked in the civilian sector since 2005, so I’m certain this will be a an interesting transition for me.

Goodbye 2014 and welcome to 2015!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, or whatever it is you might celebrate.  A bit of mythos behind it is interesting… tonight was the night that many ancient people huddled under whatever shelter they could and feared the spirits of the dead.  Now people go out and try to scare themselves and/or scare others and get candy.  It gives one pause.

Anyway, happy Halloween… and remember, if you’re already putting up Christmas decorations you’re way too early *glares with irritation at neighbors*

Audiobook in Progress: Echo of the High Kings

Echo of the High Kings by Kal Spriggs
Echo of the High Kings by Kal Spriggs

On the good news front, Echo of the High Kings is in progress to becoming an audiobook.  I should have the final product by the 1st of October, which means that the book should be available for purchase in mid October.  I’m also working on a new cover for it, as the feedback regarding the cover has been mixed.  I will say that it hasn’t sold well so far, though I’m not sure if that’s the blurb, the cover, or lack of a big push to get it onto the charts.  If you are a purchaser and you’ve finished it, I’d love to hear your feedback, either here, on Amazon, or Goodreads.  If you haven’t purchased it, I’d like to know why as well.

In other news, I’m also trying to get Renegades: Origins available soon as an audiobook.  I’m still screening the auditions and seeing how much money I’ll have left to produce it.  It turns out that 20+ hours of audio can be expensive to have professionally narrated… who knew?  But my big hold up is finding the right narrator.  For those who want a breakdown of everything that goes into producing an audiobook, you can read my earlier posts about the process here.

That’s all for now, though in the good news department I’ll soon begin posting samples from The Fallen Race’s sequel, The Shattered Empire.  Look for those to start in early September, leading up to the release.

Kal Spriggs’ June Update

For those of you who visit regularly, this blog seems rather quiet.  And there’s a reason for that.  My wife gave birth to our firstborn last week and both he and she had a bit of a rough time.  Thankfully, things are better now, for both of them.  As you might imagine, my priority was and will remain focused with them.  Now that things are easing up a bit, I should be able to post again a bit more regularly.  That said, writing remains priority number three, after my wife & son.  The blog posts are on the list somewhere after work.

As far as writing goes, I’m mid-way through The Shattered Empire and have completed the final edits of Echo of the High Kings.  I’m waiting on a cover and some maps/artwork for Echo of the High Kings and have to do a thorough copy-edit/formatting edit to prep it for publishing.  As I’ve stated previously, my goal is to have The Shattered Empire out in fall of 2014.  Echo of the High Kings is on track for August 2014.  My next writing project after The Shattered Empire will be Renegades: Out of the Cold, which will be a compendium of novellas and short stories much like Renegades: Origins.

That’s all the updates, for now.  Check back for new stuff over the next few days.  Assuming anyone’s interested, I could even post (rough) samples of The Shattered Empire.