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Publishing to Apple iBooks

This week I have been investigating publishing with Apple Books. This is now possible even if you don’t have an Apple device, and I have included a link to a very helpful article on this topic in the comments, with some links in it to other related articles.

Apple Books for Authors: Now Open to Everyone

How to Use Pages to Publish on Apple Books

However during this process I discovered that authors based in Australia need to be registered for GST (Goods and Services Tax) in order to be able to sell my books in the Australian iBooks store.

Here in Australia, businesses do not have to be registered for GST unless their turnover exceeds $75,000 per year. And it costs $70 to just register for GST.

After doing a little more research, I learned there are two options.

If you register, Apple will be happy and you’ll have the headache of extra admin and GST reporting and your books will appear on the Australian store.

If you don’t register, Apple may or may not offer your book on the Australian store BUT if they do, the proceeds from all sales will be withheld until you register for GST.

I found another article which explained the plight of Australian authors trying to sell on the Apple iBooks store, explaining the situation in more detail. 

Australian authors, iBooks and GST

I hope this information is helpful for you. For now I will be sticking with sales from my own website, and from Kobo and Google Play Books.

Happy publishing!

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Author Chat: Kellie M Cox

I am so very excited to have my dear friend and fellow writer Kellie M Cox as a guest here on my blog. I met Kellie in 2018 at a Gold Coast Writers Association meeting, and I have treasured her friendship and our shared love for writing ever since. Kellie has just published her debut novel, Murderous Intent, just in time for Christmas.

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Kellie Cox is an Australian writer indulging her love of fiction and prose. With qualifications in psychology, she relishes writing about the human condition and the vulnerability of the psyche. A therapist, clinical trainer, creative coach and conservationist, she enjoys a dream life on the beautiful Gold Coast.

Most days Kellie can be found working with artists in the creative industries or writing her novels. When not writing, Kellie will most likely be saturating her social media with photos of her two adorable pups.

 

Books already released:

MURDEROUS INTENT

Where to find you:

www.kelliemcox.com

What got you interested in writing?

I have always been an avid reader, so I guess the progression to writing came naturally. My first book, THE LIST started life as a therapeutic tool. I had for several nights had a dream that someone implanted a shark tracking device in my right shoulder. To get the dream out of my thoughts, I started writing it down and that turned into a 70,000 word fiction story.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing in 2015 when I wrote THE LIST which was followed by book 2 from that storyline, THE REEF.

Do you have any goals/projects in the pipeline?

I would love for MURDEROUS INTENT to be made into a movie. It was created with a screen adaptation in mind, a small interwoven cast of characters and gorgeous beachside locations.

In addition, three more fiction books are scheduled for publication in 2020. THE LIST and THE REEF, both romance suspense with a shark conservation twist to it and THE LAST FIRST KISS, a story about soulmates set across the globe. I love this one as I have included many of my favourite travel destinations in it.

What do you like most about writing?

So many things. It is the creation of the characters, their strengths, their flaws and the dynamics between them all. I am often inspired by a setting or location and then create a story to fit into a place in the world that has moved me.

What genre do you write?

I am a multi-genre author. I have written psychological thriller, romance, horror, suspense, poetry, prose, short stories, fantasy, travel blogs, Australiana and non-fiction.

What draws you to this genre?

I like to explore different story lines and challenge myself to see what I can produce. I can tell you what I probably have no skill in writing, that is Western. I can’t see myself writing western and I also think crime would be difficult, but let’s see what happens a few years down the track.

Where do you get your ideas?

Travelling and I am fortunate to meet so many people through my clinical and creative work who inspire me. My friends quite often want to be characters in my books so I sometimes put little bits of them in there.

Tell us about your process, how do you get into a writing mindset?

I honestly have no answer for you on process. I am not technically trained, so I don’t have a process. Maybe, that is something I should work on. At the moment, I open my laptop and type and I can honestly say I have no idea what line is coming next. The words are just created somewhere between my brain and the fingers that pound the keyboard. I wish I had a more technical answer for you.

What are you working on at the moment?

Well, my son has pitched me a horror story about a single middle aged woman, so socially awkward that she has grown emotionally dependent on her huge German Shepherd dog. As the story goes on, the dog begins to hunt at night and kill for her. Yes, he was inspired by my own life for his story, very tongue in cheek as he pitched it to me. Well, that story has just started and we will see if it goes anywhere.

Also just started a horror story called, THE BOWERBIRD. It is so incredibly scary it is actually fun to write. I was inspired to start this after a night in a beach shack on a dark and quiet island.

Which writers inspire/influence you?

I enjoy the emotional vulnerability of creative souls, so I enjoy reading Hemingway. A Moveable Feast is my favourite. I read it as I wander the streets of Paris, following his journey. I also love Elizabeth Gilbert for her depiction of raw human struggles. I read constantly and it helps with my own writing immensely.

What else about your writing journey should we know?

I am always open to collaborations, so get in touch if you have something in mind that you think we could work on together. Planning a writing retreat in Europe middle of 2020 and would enjoy connecting with writers and authors from around the world.

Excerpt from MURDEROUS INTENT:

I know he is going to kill me.
It is three o’clock on a chilly spring morning. I could walk around the house checking the doors are locked to no avail. He will not be that obvious but he will find a way to enter. I can’t remember the exact details of the nightmare that woke me this day, although the words I heard in my dream tell me everything I need to know. He is close.

He may not be inside the house, he may be just metres away. He is nearby and he won’t stop until my eyes are closed, the last stains of my breath have touched my lips, and my body is limp and exhausted. He will marvel at his handiwork. The fact that he accomplished the unimaginable – that he finally ended my life.

He was close tonight, somehow confirming the exact location of my latest hideaway. He may have been just outside checking entry and exit points. Possibly even inside the house standing over me, watching me rest, his murderous intent the sole reason for my rude awakening from the latest instalment of visions of terror in my dreams.

He is nearby and narrowing in on his target.

I rise from my bed, and splash my face with water to freshen my red eyes, then crawl back onto the mattress, shaking. The warm covers do nothing to stop my body from convulsing as the tears roll down my face. No comfort will hinder the flow now as I realise the enormity of the message sent to me in my slumber.

He will find me. He will not give up. He needs to hurt me to feel complete. He will kill me. The last face I will ever see will be his, and there is no one in the world that can prevent this from happening.

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MURDEROUS INTENT is now available at www.kelliemcox.com

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Books By The Beach: The Drive at Miami

We are practically half way through my Books By The Beach tour! I hope you have enjoyed visiting the beautiful Gold Coast beaches I have featured so far! Which has been your favourite??

Miami is stop no. 7 of my Books By The Beach tour. Not to be confused with Miami, Florida!

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View of Miami Beach from the Miami/North Burleigh Lookout

For 69 years, this relaxed Gold Coast suburb was home to Miami Ice, an iconic ice factory built from two recycled army huts which were demolished in 2013. Even Australian singer John Farnham used this venue to film his Two Strong Hearts film clip.

Miami is blessed with a beautiful beach and a host of beach shacks which remind you of the Gold Coast of old.

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View looking south to Miami Beach

Behind me is the Miami/North Burleigh Lookout, which offers fantastic views all the way up to Surfers Paradise and south to Burleigh National Park.

In this post I am sharing with you all about my short story ‘The Drive’.

This was yet another story that went on quite a developmental journey. I explored a number of story concepts before I was finally satisfied with what is now the finished product, but because of that it is now one of my favourites.

Intent on leaving her troubles behind, Tamara sets out to return to her remote home town, but encounters unwelcome company out on the road.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing The Drive on Amazon/Kindle. My books are not currently available on Amazon/Kindle. Instead you can download a FREE PDF version of the story HERE: The Drive

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I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me at Miami Beach. Next stop, Burleigh Beach!