Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Decor & Other Ramblings

First I want to thank you for your nice comments about my blog decor. It was Angie at Never a Dull Moment who showed me where to get the background I used. So thank you again, Angie. People are so nice and helpful on here. :o)

I also want to say that I am so thrilled to share that my critique partner went to a writing conference and was asked to send in her manuscript to an agent! I am so excited for her! A publisher was also interested in her book. :o)

I am also a little selfishly happy since she has sent that first one off, she has very graciously agreed to help me with mine again ~ even though she's working on Book Two and lots of other things... :o) I can't tell you how much it helps to have someone else look at your work. They see things you're blind to. So I appreciate her so much.

I also wanted to say a couple more things about this review business - just fyi - though I think it is getting almost painfully frustrating. I don't want to talk about it a whole lot - I just don't want anyone to get in trouble from it.

Evidently the law is considering those free books compensation for tax purposes as well. So not only do you have to disclose them for the reviews, but you also have to either claim them as income - or give them away (and have records proving that you no longer own them and to whom they were given).

I hope everyone has a wonderful day ~


  1. Seriously?!?!?! Income?!?!? Come on!! This is getting sooooo ridiculous sooooo fast. how much are we "earning" per book/review? Do we get paid by the hour, annually? Are we going to be eligible for benefits? Do we get PTO (paid-time-off) and sick leave? Can you tell I'm getting really annoyed with this?

    I just irks me that when so many of us are finally trying to start-up our blogs ~ so we can share our thoughts (reviews) about books we've read, and enjoyed, ~ we're suddenly going to get slapped on the wrist for it. *gritting teeth* *fuming*

    Okay...I'll hush for now...sorry Lee! Yes, your new blog design is awesome, you did a great job (thanking Angie, too)! *clapping*

    I can't wait 'til you publish your book! =)

    ~ Lori

  2. Lori, The income is for the books you get "free" ~ if you keep them. If you purchase the books yourself - then you're fine. It's only if you won them, or an author gave them to you or that sort of thing... Which means you may have to start keeping records for all your reviews... I don't know what they assume the right cost is for the "free" book ~ I would give it as whatever Amazon or CBD or wherever lists the book as - because that is where you would have bought the book had you not been given it.

    Also, I don't think anyone in this circle does it, but I have seen blogs I visit that have links to purchase the book. They are really not wanting that to happen.

    Yes - I agree - frustrating and not really fair. At least we have until December. :o)

  3. You are very welcome. :)

    Thanks for keeping us updated on this review business...gets more insane by the moment.

    Congrats to your partner! How exciting!

    Good luck with yours. :)