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UPDATE: PSA Aussie authors using Createspace/Kindle Direct Publishing

So I got a response from KDP Support about ordering author copies, and readers ordering books to Australia.

Proof and author copies are no longer be able to be shipped to Australian addresses. The reason being, to remain compliant with changes to the GST law in Australia, they’ve changed the way KDP authors in Australia access their books on Amazon. Authors can purchase retail copies of their paperbacks at full price through a Global Store option on amazon.com.au. These changes do not affect the ability to continue to list your books on their international sites or have them shipped to eligible non-Australian addresses.

Looks like I might be heading to IngramSpark…

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PSA Fellow Aussie Authors

Ahhh the Amazon saga continues *sigh*

If you have published books through Createpace and have not yet moved them/had them automatically moved across to KDP, it might be a good idea to order some printed copies from Createspace prior to the move. I’ve just tried to order author copies but was unable to because deliveries ‘cannot be made to Australia from the US store’

Apparently it is still possible for authors and readers in Australia to order books from the US Amazon store, it just requires some communication between the author and Amazon’s support team. I’m waiting to hear back about the next step, but the responses I’ve received have been prompt and helpful in the past. I’ll update when I know more.

I just don’t want other Aussie authors to get stuck unexpectedly, especially when you’ve got upcoming events you need stock for!

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Payoneer Troubleshooting with Kate 101

For my author friends, or anyone who uses Payoneer to receive payments from Amazon etc.

My Payoneer card was recently blocked due to an unauthorised charge. I have since reactivated my card, however it still appeared as ‘Blocked’ on my account, and payments from Amazon continued to bounce.

I was confused, because regardless of my card being blocked, I didn’t think it would affect my account, and the ability to receive payments. Not the case apparently- if your card is blocked, you also cannot recieve payments.

So if you ever find yourself recieving payment failure notifications from Amazon, due to ‘invalid bank details’, and your card has been blocked previously, this may be the issue!

You’re welcome!