My decision to publish a novel independently has been an adventure.
The rigors of preparing your manuscript for ebook conversion has taught me a few tricks in Microsoft Word; specifically, creating formatting styles you have to apply to your text, providing a table of contents through hyperlinks and bookmark and doing the proper way of inserting images in your document. Smashwords has a manual to help you with this which you can use for Amazon’s KDP. Other alternatives are to hire someone to do the job for you or download a free template online.
I’ve recently registered in Amazon KDP and found their site clean and user-friendly. They give tips to help you answer the fields you need to enter in order to publish your book.
I also changed the cover, blurb and my pen name for The Realms of Ethair while I’m still trying to understand how to process the documents needed to comply with IRS withholding regulations and to claim tax treaty benefits, considering the heading in blue below.
Here are some helpful blogs on how to accomplish the forms:
- Non-US Self-Publisher? Tax Issues Don’t Need to be Taxing
- Tax on US royalties
- Self-Publisher Tax ID needed, but I’m not a US Citizen! Help!
Heads up for those who are reading this article, especially Non-US authors/publishers:
IRS has updated their W8-BEN form. It has been split into two. W8-BEN for Individual TIN and W8-BEN-E for EIN. Smashwords is using the updated version. To date, IRS has yet to provide instructions on how to answer the form since there is no EIN field available, there are only ITIN, GIIN and Foreign TIN.
Hmm. Does that mean I just need to give my Foreign TIN? Also, would I still need to apply for US TIN/EIN if I’ll be using CreateSpace in the future to have my book printed?
If anyone had encountered this, please share how it was resolved on the comments box below.
To know more about filing the EIN and W8-BEN forms, continue reading e-Publishing Adventures part 2.