So… just having recovered from a two-day migraine (which I spent watching Castle eps on Hulu and hallucinating just fine, thank you, about Castle/Beckett ) it’s Tax Time Again!
Tomorrow we head over to our favorite H&R Block person, who has faithfully done our paperwork for most of the last decade. She’s a faboo tax expert and didn’t flinch when I started out our relationship with "I’m a freelance writer"… she just pulled out more computer forms and we started discussing what could be written off, etc.
I’ve just compiled my paperwork for 2009.
I think I’ve only actually *made* money once or twice since starting this entire thing, and that’s not from a lack of trying. The majority of my income, up to this point, has been from nonfiction articles on content sites that pay royalties. And heading out to conferences and keeping up on membership fees and the like definitely doesn’t even it out in the long run.
However, I’m looking forward to a good year. I’ve got TWO books coming out with very good publishers, and I’m hoping to post a profit next year. Or at least not as much of a loss.
For those of you looking to quit and go write full-time – unless you’re Nora Roberts or Stephen King, don’t do it. Really. Even if you strike gold the first time out you’ll be sweating the entire year, hoping to at least break even. Most professional writers have full-time jobs; I’m just lucky enough to be a Kept Woman and darned proud of it.
Having said that, I’ve been plugging "What God and Cats Know" in Second Life like crazy and hope that’ll translate into sales. Still waiting for the reviews to come in, but that’s okay – ebooks have a much longer lifespan than paper versions.
And now I’m waiting for the second round of edits on "Blaze of Glory" and racing towards that ebook release in April, then the paper release early next year. It seems like it’s going to be quite a interesting year.
Or, as that ancient saying goes, "May you live in interesting times."