Q&A: What does a Publisher do for the Author?

May 3rd, 2012 → 8:00 am @

Previously, ZLS Publishing has been answering common questions authors have about their books. Take a look at what they have to say about the benefits of publishers: “What exactly does a publisher do for the author? I’ve heard different things and I am confused. Please clarify. Traditional publishers operate very differently from self-publishing companies. A traditional […]

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Q&A: Can I Typeset My Book Using Word?

April 30th, 2012 → 8:00 am @

Welcome back to our short series featuring common questions on book publishing and marketing. Today, we learn the best ways for authors to typeset their books: “I see you a lot on the web talking about typesetting but I also see a lot of other folks who claim to typeset their books using MS Word and […]

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Q&A: Should I Pay for a Review?

April 26th, 2012 → 8:00 am @

Our next short series features common questions authors have on publishing and marketing their books. Take a look at this recommendation for book reviews: “I know that reviews are necessary for an author’s success. I also know that some places and reviewers charge for reviews. Should I be paying for a book review? Does it really […]

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Pricing your book for retail sales and discounts

April 13th, 2012 → 1:29 pm @

A writer on the Self Publishing Yahoo group recently asked, I’m writing a nonfiction book about flowers and plants.So my questions are about pricing books locally to the florists and garden centers. If they want to sell them on consignment, what percent (discount) should I discount to them? And if I sell them out right […]

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When should you hire a CPA?

February 6th, 2012 → 2:00 pm @

When should I hire a CPA for my writing business?

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How picky is the home office deduction?

January 23rd, 2012 → 8:40 am @

This may seem like a really stupid question, but the exclusive use of space for a home office deduction, does that mean that the business owner can’t do any personal business in that space, like make personal phone calls, do personal things on the computer/internet, have personal files in the area, pay personal bills, etc? […]

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Don’t call yourself a hobby writer!

January 12th, 2012 → 8:04 am @

I would like to introduce myself — Tom Hebert. I am a C.P.A. by trade. Writing and publishing for me is a hobby — but a serious one! I recently self-published the first 30,000 words of my novel (“The Remains of the Corps”) and with the help of a friend converted it to an ebook, […]

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What Do CPA’s Charge?

January 5th, 2012 → 8:19 am @

What Do CPA’s Charge?

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Forgot to Record my Odometer!

January 2nd, 2012 → 2:00 pm @

I forgot to record my odometer reading in my mileage log. What should I do? Use Goggle maps to calculate the mileage. In an audit, the IRS may ask for third party verification of mileage (such as oil change mileage readings), so an odometer reading is still the best record of mileage. Carol Topp, CPA

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I didn’t get paid. Is it a tax deduction?

December 29th, 2011 → 2:00 pm @

Tax FAQ: I didn’t get paid. Is it a tax deduction?

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