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UPDATE: New Releases

Hello hello!

I’ve been quiet on the blog front for the past few months, as I have been so busy with study and working on my two new releases, Bedouin Boy and Grave Bargains, ahead of their release dates on Halloween and Friday the 13th of November. I am still sharing my Daily Writing Inspiration posts over on Instagram, so if you’d like to keep seeing them you can find me @katekelsenauthor.

I wanted to jump on quickly and share about my two new releases.

It all started back in late May, when I decided to revise and republish Grave Bargains, a supernatural short story I originally published a few years ago. I had an idea for a prequel to explore the background of my main character Jasem, and the events that lead him to become a sinister vigilante seeking justice for the dead in Grave Bargains. I also discovered that there was a Friday the 13th only a fortnight after Halloween this year, and this was how my goal was born. I decided I would spend the next five months working on these two stories, and publish Bedouin Boy on Halloween and Grave Bargains on Friday the 13th of November.

I didn’t think I was going to get Bedouin Boy published by Halloween. As I worked on the story, more and more ideas continued to flood my imagination, ideas which were adding more and more layers to the concept. I was researching and learning so much in the process, about Bedouin nomadic tribes, pre-Islamic paganism, Arabic black magic and geomancy divination. But I was faced with a serious dilemma- these ideas were fantastic and I wanted to include them because I knew it would make the story fuller and stronger, but I had a deadline set, and the more time went on the less likely it seemed the story would be finished by October 31st. However I knew the detail would only benefit my story, even if it meant I had to delay the release of Bedouin Boy for two weeks to give me extra time. In the end I didn’t need the extra two weeks, and I achieved my goal of publishing on Halloween.

It has been a busy five months working on Bedouin Boy and Grave Bargains, and I certainly had my moments of doubt that it would be done in time. But here they are! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing them!

BEDOUIN BOY

Bedouin Boy tells the story of Jasem Bahar who, having inherited psychic abilities from his mother, attempts to use his gifts for the greater good but instead finds himself on unlikely journey seeking justice for the dead. From the Negev Desert in Israel to the cities of New York and Los Angeles, Bedouin Boy is an intriguing story with equally intriguing characters, with a mix of history, reinvention, crime, inheritance and horror.

Bedouin Boy is available for purchase HERE

Also available from Kobo and Google Play Books

GRAVE BARGAINS:

In the wake of a life-shattering act of betrayal, Dylan is determined to bury the past and start fresh. His good intentions are challenged by a sinister stranger, who is determined to dig up his sins, and threatens to jeopardize his efforts to make amends.

Grave Bargains is available for purchase HERE

Also available from Kobo and Google Play Books

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What It Takes To Be A Fiction Writer

EEP I am so excited about this!!
Yesterday I did an interview with Sigrid from Stickybeak Marketing and the Profitable Author Hub, where we talked all things fiction writing. I shared how I became a writer of fiction. the highs and lows along the way and what you need to look for, if you want to Write Fiction!
Check it out!!!

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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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