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oganalp

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #50 on: October 02, 2018, 12:57:04 PM »
Hey there!


Recently moved to Canada (about 15 months ago). Do you have any suggestions for any guilds, groups, associations, etc. to join? The ups and downs of these organizations, etc?


I attended to the Word on the Street at Toronto Harbourfront back on 23rd, but couldn't find much in this sense.

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Denise

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #51 on: October 02, 2018, 08:36:21 PM »
Hey there!


Recently moved to Canada (about 15 months ago). Do you have any suggestions for any guilds, groups, associations, etc. to join? The ups and downs of these organizations, etc?


I attended to the Word on the Street at Toronto Harbourfront back on 23rd, but couldn't find much in this sense.


I'm assuming you write fantasy. There's this association which is open to indies: http://www.sfcanada.org/


I know there are some smaller regional writers' groups, but I don't know much about them.


You can also check which associations are listed in the Writers' Coalition program, in case you want/need extended health insurance or just to check some more groups. https://www.writerscoalition.ca/guest
 
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Edward M. Grant

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #52 on: October 06, 2018, 04:20:16 AM »
ETA:  :mhk9U91: check this post. It has your old sig:  https://writersanctum.com/index.php?topic=64.msg2693#msg2693

Thanks. Looks like I'll have to convert it back from HTML to board format.
 

Rickie Blair

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #53 on: October 06, 2018, 08:30:11 AM »
Is anyone going to the Kobo Writing Life Indie Author Library Night in Toronto on Oct. 11?
It was mentioned in the last KWL blog (and on their website).
 

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Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #54 on: October 07, 2018, 10:08:14 AM »
Reporting in from the real north (Whitehorse, YT). With RBC too. And love the ISBNs.
 

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Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #55 on: October 10, 2018, 05:51:47 AM »
Here is a link to the Writerís Union of Canada - this particular link is about ghostwriting and what you could make if youíre interested & someone likes your work https://www.writersunion.ca/ghostwriting
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oganalp

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #56 on: October 12, 2018, 04:06:21 AM »
Is anyone going to the Kobo Writing Life Indie Author Library Night in Toronto on Oct. 11?
It was mentioned in the last KWL blog (and on their website).

I won't be attending this as I have to give a Macroecon exam in the morning. Could you please share your thoughts if you attend?

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Rickie Blair

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #57 on: October 12, 2018, 04:17:34 AM »
Is anyone going to the Kobo Writing Life Indie Author Library Night in Toronto on Oct. 11?
It was mentioned in the last KWL blog (and on their website).

I won't be attending this as I have to give a Macroecon exam in the morning. Could you please share your thoughts if you attend?

Sadly, I can't make it either.
 

littleauthor

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #58 on: October 12, 2018, 09:20:14 AM »
I have a question re: CreateSpace-KDP merge. I have royalties owing b/c being in Canada, I get a cheque when the USD hits $100, GBP 100 and Euro 100. I'm nowhere near 100 in GBP or Euro but the USD was close before the switch.
I emailed Amazon and asked what happens to those balances since I can't hit the magic 100 without sales on CS (cause the catalogue is moved). They said the balances have been shifted over to my KDP account and yes, they have. But they're in the months they were earned--months that have already been paid out by KDP.

At what point will Amazon pay the CS royalties? I assume they'll use direct deposit, but do they wait to hit the $100 mark? I don't get the accounting on this.
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EllieL

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #59 on: October 12, 2018, 11:19:27 AM »
Good question. I got paid via a Payoneer card that I'd used to set up my CS account. A whopping 2.25!
I'm sorry I don't have an answer. You may have to contact support to ask.
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Denise

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #60 on: October 12, 2018, 09:16:11 PM »
I have a question re: CreateSpace-KDP merge. I have royalties owing b/c being in Canada, I get a cheque when the USD hits $100, GBP 100 and Euro 100.

At what point will Amazon pay the CS royalties? I assume they'll use direct deposit, but do they wait to hit the $100 mark? I don't get the accounting on this.

I'm in the same situation. I'll wait for next month's KDP payments/reports, and I believe the CS royalties will be included then. The amounts are in previous months, but I think they'll pay them soon. Also, since KDP doesn't have a $100 minimum, they'll have pay right away (in one or two months). I'll wait a little to see what happens, and if they include them with the next payment.

I don't think they'll hold our payments forever because we didn't reach $100. If anything, that's one good thing about the CS/KDP merge; less waiting to get paid for paperback sales, at least for me because it takes me a while to reach $100.
 
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Rickie Blair

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #61 on: October 13, 2018, 12:31:23 AM »
I questioned KDP about this very thing. Here's their somewhat confusing answer:

Yes, your unpaid CreateSpace royalties will be paid based on the KDP payment method.

Royalties earned through CreateSpace that do not meet the minimum threshold will move with your books and account information to KDP.

If you move from CreateSpace to KDP in September and your earned royalties are above the minimum threshold, you will receive your payments on the following schedule:

- August CreateSpace royalties will be paid at the end of September.
- September CreateSpace royalties will be paid at the end of October.
- September KDP royalties will be paid at the end of November.
- October KDP royalties will be paid at the end of December.
- November KDP royalties will be paid at the end of January.

To learn more about KDPís payment schedule and payment thresholds, check our Help page:
https://kdp.amazon.com/help/topic/G200641050
 

I moved my books early this month. My "prior month's royalties" in KDP show a small CS payment for September, below CS's normal payment threshold. But my CS dashboard still shows royalties owing.

So, I'm baffled. Maybe I'll get another payment at the end of this month? Who knows?
 
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littleauthor

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #62 on: October 13, 2018, 03:41:32 AM »
Yes, that's pretty much what they told me too. I made the move on Sept 14. I've been accruing royalties throughout the year on CS and now I see those CS royalties listed in the months they were earned in in the KDP reports. (They're still listed in my CS account too so that's bewildering.)

Based on that email they sent Rickie, I'm guessing everything I've earned through CS should be paid this month cause those royalties were earned at the beginning of the year. My last sale was in August. Nothing has come in since the move. Could be a nice boost. I had given up ever meeting the threshold to get the GBP or Euro royalties.  :hehe

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Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #63 on: November 13, 2018, 07:51:31 AM »
Just stopping in to say 'Yo'...
Transplanted NY'er, moved here 32 years ago. I live in Kingston, ON and loving every minute. My wife and I got involved w/Indie pubbing back in 2012 when I found out just how much of a PITA it would be to submit and go the trad pub route with my first MS. I'm not exaggerating when I say I was sooo naive back then... visions of Oprah's Book Club danced in my head, but I didn't have a clue on story structure! LOL (@ moi)

Currently, we pub under my wife's name, along w/ some other stuff. It's been a ride. The learning curve in this gig is so steep, esp when you're in your 60's and not super savvy re the internet.

We now do this full time. The $$'s okay. Not a member of the five figure club by any stretch, but there's plenty of good times at half that. If I knew how much work it would take when I started I never would have begun. If I knew how rewarding it was going to be, I'd have started twenty years ago! LOL

Enjoy the process everyone!
 

Rhett Gervais

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #64 on: November 15, 2018, 03:27:28 PM »
Bonjour de Montrťal!

Glad to meet some of my fellow crazy Canucks :)
 

angelapepper

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #65 on: November 16, 2018, 10:46:48 AM »
Hello, fellow keeners! Greetings from the soggy west coast.
 

littleauthor

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #66 on: January 18, 2019, 06:28:40 AM »
Did any of you get paid for your outstanding CS royalties last year that fell under the $100 threshold? And does it pay out in a cheque as per usual?

Thanks all.
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EllieL

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #67 on: January 18, 2019, 08:20:08 AM »
Mine was included with one of my KDP payments. Sorry, can't recall which right now, but I think it was November.
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maiasepp

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #68 on: January 19, 2019, 07:11:52 AM »
Did any of you get paid for your outstanding CS royalties last year that fell under the $100 threshold? And does it pay out in a cheque as per usual?

Thanks all.

I was owed about $90 and never got it. I haven't had the energy to go after it. I think I'm still hoping they'll send it to me :)
 
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Denise

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #69 on: February 14, 2019, 12:41:50 PM »
Keyword: PRINT BOOK SHIPPING TO CANADA

I'm using Ingram for one of my books, and I just realized that it's cheaper to order it from Europe. It makes no sense whatsoever... Anyways, if I order it from the US, it's $19.50 including shipping, printing, etc. and if I order it from the UK, it's $13 Euros, which comes to less than the price from the USA.

Does anyone have a similar experience? I only realized it because I was going to send a book to a blogger in the Philippines, and it was cheaper than ordering a book for myself.  :icon_think: Then I decided to calculate the cost to send it to me from Europe, and was surprised.

Ugh. Either way, that's why I never send or do giveaways with autographed books, because for me it's usually cheaper to send the print book directly from Ingram or from Amazon. For this book, I'll do only Ingram, though. I find that I don't sell enough paperbacks to justify two PODs.
 

Phronk

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #70 on: February 22, 2019, 10:36:26 PM »
Hi everyone! Just checking in here, since I live in Canada, and London, Ontario more specifically. Itís one of those cities where a lot of writers do their things independently, but once in a while they come out of their offices and show just how much awesome writing is getting done around here (e.g. the annual Wordsfest, http://wordsfest.ca/).

Nice to see this thread. It reminds me that I should check my KDP Print earnings to make sure it all moved from Createspace correctly. :)
 

LeoBrophy

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #71 on: March 08, 2019, 12:07:05 AM »
I'm in Toronto but I'm actually an economic refugee from newfoundland originally. Interesting site.

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WriteOn

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #72 on: April 05, 2019, 11:18:29 PM »
Anyone using Draft2Digital? I plan to publish two books in the next 4-6 weeks and wonder if I should get my own ISBN rather than have D2D assign one.

Anyone have any other advice on D2D? Any tips?
 

Eric Thomson

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #73 on: April 06, 2019, 12:51:42 AM »
Anyone using Draft2Digital? I plan to publish two books in the next 4-6 weeks and wonder if I should get my own ISBN rather than have D2D assign one.

Anyone have any other advice on D2D? Any tips?

Considering Library and Archives Canada offers free ISBNs to Canadian publishers, there is no reason whatsoever to take a distributor's ISBN. 

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/isbn-canada/Pages/isbn-canada.aspx#b
 
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Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #74 on: April 06, 2019, 01:12:58 AM »
I've done this too. It's a great suggestion and I got ISBN's from Archives Canada.

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Considering Library and Archives Canada offers free ISBNs to Canadian publishers, there is no reason whatsoever to take a distributor's ISBN. 

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/isbn-canada/Pages/isbn-canada.aspx#b
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Genre: Kids Books
 

WriteOn

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #75 on: April 06, 2019, 09:34:01 AM »
Anyone using Draft2Digital? I plan to publish two books in the next 4-6 weeks and wonder if I should get my own ISBN rather than have D2D assign one.

Anyone have any other advice on D2D? Any tips?

Considering Library and Archives Canada offers free ISBNs to Canadian publishers, there is no reason whatsoever to take a distributor's ISBN. 

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/isbn-canada/Pages/isbn-canada.aspx#b

I understand that I could get them from Archives Canada. So the consensus is to do that. Thanks.
 

Phronk

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #76 on: April 08, 2019, 10:17:05 PM »

Considering Library and Archives Canada offers free ISBNs to Canadian publishers, there is no reason whatsoever to take a distributor's ISBN. 

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/isbn-canada/Pages/isbn-canada.aspx#b

Is there an advantage to this? Why not just take D2Dís free ISBN so you only have to click one button?
 

WriteOn

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #77 on: May 18, 2019, 12:50:43 AM »
Another question about ISBNs. I'm setting up my paperback on Amazon, and it's asking me the Imprint. I got my ISBN from Library and Archives Canada. Are they the imprint?

If not, who is? I can't seem to figure this part out.
 

Eric Thomson

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #78 on: May 18, 2019, 12:59:27 AM »
Another question about ISBNs. I'm setting up my paperback on Amazon, and it's asking me the Imprint. I got my ISBN from Library and Archives Canada. Are they the imprint?

If not, who is? I can't seem to figure this part out.
No they're not. 

Definition of imprint as per the dictionary:  the name of a publisher as it appears on a particular set of books.

You're the publisher.  Under what name do you publish?
 

WriteOn

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #79 on: May 18, 2019, 01:05:49 AM »
Another question about ISBNs. I'm setting up my paperback on Amazon, and it's asking me the Imprint. I got my ISBN from Library and Archives Canada. Are they the imprint?

If not, who is? I can't seem to figure this part out.
No they're not. 

Definition of imprint as per the dictionary:  the name of a publisher as it appears on a particular set of books.

You're the publisher.  Under what name do you publish?

I'm the publisher. So my name?

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Eric Thomson

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #80 on: May 18, 2019, 02:36:00 AM »
Your name, or whatever you want to name your self-publishing business.
 

WriteOn

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #81 on: July 23, 2019, 02:28:07 AM »
Possibly a stupid question, but I'm full of those.

I published back in May and got my first royalties set up to go to my RBC Georgia account. I see a lot of "Pending info from bank" on the payments dashboard. Do I need to do anything, or does it take some time for the bank to catch up on this?
 

Eric Thomson

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #82 on: July 23, 2019, 03:15:22 AM »
Possibly a stupid question, but I'm full of those.

I published back in May and got my first royalties set up to go to my RBC Georgia account. I see a lot of "Pending info from bank" on the payments dashboard. Do I need to do anything, or does it take some time for the bank to catch up on this?
All of the "Pendings" on your payments dashboard will stay that way until after the payments hit your account, since Amazon won't know what exchange rate your bank used and the final amount in CAD until the bank sends a confirmation back to Amazon after it receives the transfers.  And the payments won't hit your account until the 29th.
 

WriteOn

Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Reply #83 on: July 23, 2019, 03:51:23 AM »
Possibly a stupid question, but I'm full of those.

I published back in May and got my first royalties set up to go to my RBC Georgia account. I see a lot of "Pending info from bank" on the payments dashboard. Do I need to do anything, or does it take some time for the bank to catch up on this?
All of the "Pendings" on your payments dashboard will stay that way until after the payments hit your account, since Amazon won't know what exchange rate your bank used and the final amount in CAD until the bank sends a confirmation back to Amazon after it receives the transfers.  And the payments won't hit your account until the 29th.

Perfect. Thank you so much.