Thursday, April 16, 2015

Here's why this blog is late


Big News! My Austin writing group, called—appropriately enough—Austin Mystery Writers, had our very first short story anthology published this month! We've been celebrating in our giddy excitement. Here’s a bit about it:

The eleven stories in Murder on Wheels put the pedal to the floor and never let up! Whether by bus, car, tractor, or bike, you'll be carried along at a breakneck pace by the talented Austin Mystery Writers. These eight authors transport you from an eighteenth-century sailing ship to the open roads of modern Texas, from Alice's Wonderland to a schoolbus yard in the suburbs of Dallas. Grab your book, hold on to your hat, and come along for the ride!
Included are:
A NICE SET OF WHEELS, by Kathy Waller
FAMILY BUSINESS, by Reavis Z. Wortham
ROTA FORTUNAE, by V. P. Chandler
MOME RATH, MY SWEET, by Gale Albright
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GO ROUND AND ROUND, by Kaye George
BUON VIAGGIO, by Laura Oles
APORKALYPSE NOW, by Gale Albright
HAVE A NICE TRIP, by Kaye George
DEAD MAN ON A SCHOOL BUS, by Earl Staggs
HELL ON WHEELS, by Kathy Waller
RED’S WHITE F-150 BLUES, by Scott Montgomery

All of the included writers are Texans and I’m an Ex, still an honorary member of the writing group. Reavis and Earl were invited to give us extra class and they came through like the pros they both are. We’re thrilled that Wildside has published this and that it will be available at Malice Domestic in May! Meanwhile you can order copies in at least these places, probably more:

And now, the REAL reason I’m late this week: I’m blaming everything on taxes.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fool!

I really wanted to try a prank, but I realize I couldn't possibly top these. Trouble is, I might have believed some of them!

http://hoaxes.org/aprilfool/


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring!

I don’t have too much to say today, in the midst of edits on several projects and trying to squeeze in others.


But I would like you to see our daffodils before it snows on Saturday.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fat Cat Spreads Out ARC Giveaway

Guess why I didn’t post last week? I was busy furiously editing to meet the deadline to turn in my manuscript for Fat Cat #3, as yet unnamed. I’d like to call it FAT CAT UNLEASHED, because Quincy, in the process of being leash trained, gets loose and finds—you guessed it, a dead body. However, there’s no official title yet. Lots of editing left, too!

Meanwhile, a couple of days ago, the ARCs (Advance Reader Copy) arrived for Fat Cat #2—FAT CAT SPREADS OUT! It does have a title and will be released June 2nd.



I have earmarked most of the ARCs to be doled out to reviewers. However, there are still a few left. Below is what the actual cover will look like.



I’d like to give away 2 of the ARCs at Janet Cantrell’s place (http://janetcantrell.blogspot.com/). If you’d like one, please hope over there and leave a comment. (You may see a post very similar to this one over there.) The giveaway will close midnight EST on Sunday, the 22nd.


Maybe, with this deadline met, I’ll post more regularly both here and at Janet’s.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Had Enough?

There’s something wrong with me. I love snow. (I AM ducking now.)

We’re not Boston, but it’s been bad here, too. Living in Knoxville, a typical snow is 1 to 1 1/2 inches, which stops the town for a day or two. Two weeks ago we had sleet for two days (about 2 inches), then snow on top of that, about 5 inches. Another snow a week later. Branches and power lines were down, especially to the area west of here where the elevation is higher. Schools and businesses here closed for two weeks. On the plateau (that higher area), they may still be closed. As of last night, some people were still in shelters. They hadn’t been able to live in their homes for over two weeks.

I know all of that. It’s treacherous, killing stuff. The death toll in TN was 30. Most of our problem, though, was the underlying ice and the unusually cold temperatures, so that the ice never melted.

The only time I’ve had enough snow is when we lived in Montana and Minnesota and it was still snowing in April.


Right now, if snow started falling, I would get an unreasonable, irrational feeling of elation. Is it because I’m part Scandinavian? I’m not sure. I wonder if this happens to anyone else.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Writers and DBAs

Another post about taxes. It’s that time of year! You probably haven’t finished them yet if you get any income from Amazon, since they say they sent out erroneous 1099s and have only recently sent out corrected ones. If you have income from several countries, good luck figuring out which new 1099 is the correction for which old 1099. Here’s a bit of help. Look at the EIN. I don’t recall who posted this on what list, but I copied it:

83-0417755 = Amazon US, CA, and IN
46-2971461 = Amazon Australia
46-2796183 = Amazon Mexico
98-0429507 = Amazon Services Europe - UK sales
98-0480990 = Amazon Media EU Sarl - DE, FR, ES, IT sales

This is incomplete, as that person doesn’t get income from all possible countries, but maybe this can help you figure it out. This seems to be secret information as I can’t find anywhere that Amazon discloses their EINs.

Now, to my actual topic. If you aren’t incorporated and don’t want to go to the expense and trouble of creating an LLC, you would probably benefit from setting up a DBA. It stands for Doing Business As. If you use a pen name, you would obviously want to do business as That Name. If you’re using your own name, you can use Your Name Writing, or something more creative. Maybe—Your Name Books, Your Name Literature.

Why do you need a DBA? If you want a separate bank account for your writing, you need one to set up a DBA bank account. From there, it’s convenient to create a PayPal account for your pen name or DBA and connect it to the bank account. I find it helpful to be able to take payments to my pen name. Also to pay for conferences with my PayPal account in my pen name. In the past, things have gotten confused when an account for Real Name pays and Pen Name shows up and people say Pen Name isn’t registered. Too complicated!

What you need to know about this is that the rules are very different depending on what state you live in. For instance, when we lived in Texas, I needed to file, for $15 at my county clerk’s office. When we moved to Tennessee, all I had to do was go to the credit union and tell them I wanted an account for my DBA. (I recommend credit unions over banks. It’s much easier to get a small business account with no fees from them.)

This may help you find out what your state requires:
http://dbafilingonline.com/dba-by-state/
Here’s another one, but with limited state information:
http://www.legalzoom.com/sitemap-dba-state-requirements1.html


Good luck with your taxes this year!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Anniversary to Me!


Maybe I should say Happy Trails, since these are My Travels. I’ve been traveling in this space for a little over 5 years. (Reading this made me look. )

On January 4th, 2010, I posted about my journey so farAt that point, I had gotten some short stories published and had written 4 novels, all of them unpublished. I think I had been seriously writing full time for about 8 years. I started getting rejections on my first novel in 2002.




Here are some of my high points along the way.

In February of 2010, I got notice that one of my short stories had been nominated for an Agatha Award! There was much excitement about that!!




In 2011, my first novel, CHOKE, was published and received an Agatha nomination for Best First Novel in 2012.

At Killer Nashville in 2013, it was announced that EINE KLEINE MURDER was a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award.



Then, in 2014, DEATH IN THE TIME OF ICE was nominated for Best Historical for an Agatha Award.


A few short stories have won awards and found homes in magazines and anthologies, which makes me very happy because I LOVE writing them. Three more will be in two anthologies this year, too.

I acquired a new writing identity, Janet Cantrell, for my Fat Cat books with the Penguin imprint, Berkely Prime Crime last year.  The first one, FAT CAT AT LARGE, debuted as a national best seller, to my complete astonishment.



How lucky can one gal get? Not much luckier than this!

Here’s to 5 more years of Travels with Kaye, wherever it takes me.