Howdy, everybody! 🙂
1. THE PRINTER’S SCHEDULE IS BACK TO NORMAL! YEA!!
2. FOUR SALES IN ONE FOR CURRENT BOOKLOCKER AUTHORS!
These will expire on January 31, 2019. Details: https://newsletter.booklocker.com/jan-sale
3. ANGELA WANTS YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER! (Wink wink!!)
Trust me. You want to read why…
1. PRINTER’S SCHEDULE IS BACK TO NORMAL! YEA!!
The printer’s holiday backlog is all cleaned up and the printing schedule is back to normal. Shwew!!! Christmas is always so hectic!
If you need copies of your book(s), use the author order form here:
The Expedited and Rush printing options are also once again available. Yea!
2. FOUR SALES IN ONE FOR CURRENT BOOKLOCKER AUTHORS! These will expire on January 31, 2019.
a. Ebook-only Authors: Publish a print edition (paperback or hardcover) for $50 off!
b. Paperback-only Authors: Publish a hardcover edition for only $119! (Cover design is extra.)
c. Hardcover-only Authors: Publish a paperback edition for only $99! (Cover design is extra.)
d. Print-only Authors: Publish an epub/mobi (ebook) edition for $50 off! That’s a 25% savings!
Details are here: https://newsletter.booklocker.com/jan-sale
3. ANGELA WANTS YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER! (Wink wink!!)
This is Angela. I want to preface this by saying that I, personally, have the designated BookLocker cellphone in my possession. (Like I needed yet ANOTHER electronic device weighing down my purse, right?!)
The phone is not shared with other employees. I only use it for texting. And, when I’m working, I text using an online interface on my laptop because, while I type 90+ words per minute, my texting skills are HORRIBLE. I’m definitely a hunter and pecker.
Hmmmm. That came out kind of weird. Anyway….
Why do I need your cell number?
Each year, we are forced to terminate numerous contracts by authors who have simply (poof!) vanished. They don’t respond to our emails. They don’t read messages we post to their author accounts (our system sends an email to them then, too). And, they don’t respond to letters we send by mail (which we will no longer be doing in the future because almost all of them get returned as undeliverable).
Sometimes, years later, an author will contact us, casually asking how their book sales are going. In every single case, they had NO idea their contract had been terminated. Why? Because they had moved years prior, and changed all of their contact info. without alerting us.
Other communication failures are caused by sp*m filters, which are a SEVERE PROBLEM.
Worse, some authors disappear with royalties owed to them. We have one author (who disappeared in 2015) who is owed more than $700 in royalties! Could it be YOU? You can find out by:
1. Logging into your author account to check your sales and;
2. Sending Angela a message with your cell phone number when you’re in there!
Another author who sold hundreds of copies disappeared four years ago. I tried desperately to find her or a family member because she was owed a LOT of money and Paypal was rejecting our payments to her account. I found a very old Facebook post saying the author was having some personal problems, and nothing at all after that. The author’s beneficiary also did not respond to us. If an author disappears for a considerable length of time, per our contract, we must then donate their unpaid royalties to charity.
Since this has become an increasing problem over the past few years, we have implemented a new form of “contact” for our authors. If an author is not responding to us, we will now send them a text message via cell phone. In order to do that, we need to obtain cell phone numbers from our authors. This is definitely NOT required on your part but it’s a good idea because we nor you want your contract terminated if you vanish. And, you don’t want to miss out on future royalties!
We will NEVER use your cell phone number to contact you unless we haven’t been able to do so in any other electronic way. And, of course, we will NEVER contact you by cell phone with any marketing messages. The cell number will simply be an emergency form of contact when all else fails.
Please login to your author account and send us your cell # there. Simply click on the “Send Message” link at the top of that page when you get there.
We’re required to state that standard cell rates may apply (yada yada) but most people have unlimited plans now anyway. And, again, we will only text you in the event of an emergency.
If you want to text your cell number to us, send it (along with your name and book title(s) – to: 828-PUBLISH (828-782-5474).
If you don’t identify yourself, I won’t know whose author account to update!
Oh, and if you’re tempted to send me racy pictures, please know that our company policy states I am required to show those to everyone else in the office… 😉
IN CASE YOU MISSED THESE FROM EARLIER THIS MONTH:
IT’S ALMOST TAX TIME! YEA!!! (Ha ha ha.) DID BOOKLOCKER REPORT YOUR INCOME TO THE I.R.S.?
If you were paid by BookLocker through PayPal, you will NOT be receiving a 1099 from us. PayPal’s reporting requirements are EXPLAINED HERE.
Please contact PayPal or your CPA if you have questions about their tax reporting.
If you have questions about your individual tax situation (“Do I need to file a specific form?”; “Are my commissions taxable?”, etc.), please contact your CPA. We can’t legally answer tax questions.
If you want to know how much BookLocker paid you through PayPal, click on the Sales link at the top of the page in your author account.
Then, look at the bottom of that page where it says: Recent Payments
There, you will see all the payments we have sent to you over the past 24 months.
NEED RECEIPTS FOR YOUR PURCHASES?
If you paid for services from BookLocker, those receipts were emailed to you instantly when you placed your order.
If you purchased copies of your books, those receipts were posted to your author account. Click on the “Archived Messages” link after you login at the link above.
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REMINDER – BOOKLOCKER CAN NOW OFFER YOUR EBOOK(S) TO MORE THAN 40,000 LIBRARIES AND SCHOOLS IN 70 COUNTRIES THROUGH OVERDRIVE!
Cost is only $25.
Details are HERE.
REMINDER – BOOKLOCKER CAN REGISTER YOUR COPYRIGHT FOR YOU – FOR WAY LESS THAN THE “OTHER GUYS.” Only $99!
Details are HERE.
EARN A QUICK $40 WHEN YOU REFER A NEW AUTHOR TO BOOKLOCKER!
Details are RIGHT HERE.
Thank you sooooo much to all the authors who have done this since we initiated this fun thank-you program!! 🙂
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-Angela, Richard, Brian, Ali, Justin, Todd, Gwen, and the rest of the gang