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    Tax Preparation for Writers

    by  • January 24, 2013 • business, taxes • 0 Comments

    This morning I saw a young man dressed in a long green toga wearing a a statue of liberty hat and holding a sign for Liberty Tax. ┬áThat can mean only one thing: it’s tax time. It’s the wonderful time of year when we all whimper at the pile of paperwork and forms demanding...

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    Receipts and Whiney Muses

    by  • February 19, 2012 • business, muses, taxes • 1 Comment

    “I’m bored,” my Muse whines. “When will you be finished?” “Taxes take time. I have to get this right,” I say. “But you’re not doing your taxes yet. You’re just totaling receipts.” “These receipts tell me how much money Medusa’s Muse has earned.” “And lost.” She slumps into a chair. I scowl at her....

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    I need a new bookkeeping system

    by  • July 27, 2010 • business • 3 Comments

    After spending several frustrating and confusing hours organizing a year’s worth of invoices, I realized I need a new system. The paperwork had piled up because of the massive time suck called grad-school, but that’s not the biggest reason I need a new system. Going through all the sales for the last tax year...

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    Who let all this press business pile up?

    by  • July 17, 2010 • business, taxes • 2 Comments

    Oh yeah, that would be me. Sigh… Grad school has been bad for business. There is a mountain of Medusa’s Muse business that has been needing my attention for at least three months, and now that school is over and I’m supposedly on vacation (what’s that?), I am spending all my free time doing...

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    Identify the resources you’ll bring to your business.

    by  • October 4, 2009 • business, business book, publishing, resources • 0 Comments

    From Chapter 3 of the book, What You Need to Know to Be a Pro: The Business Start-Up Guide for Publishers, by Terena Scott. Resources Your resources are your money, personal talents, equipment, knowledge, and expertise that will help you and your business thrive. It’s important to understand what resources you need for your...

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    The Secret Code of the ISBN

    by  • August 6, 2009 • books, business, publishing • 0 Comments

    One of the questions I was asked at the Mendocino Coast Writer’s Conference was, “What is an ISBN?” There was a great deal of discussion about what that weird bar code on the back of each book means and when a book needs to have one. Not all books do, but if you want...

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