Category Archives: Wizard’s Tower

New In Stores – The Assassin’s Edge

The latest release from Wizard’s Tower, The Assassin’s Edge by Juliet E. McKenna, is now available in the major online stores. Links here. I’d like to say it is in our store too, but of course the VAT nonsense has … Continue reading

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VATMOSS Twitter Storms Tomorrow

As you may have seen, Juliet McKenna got to go to Downing Street last week as part of a delegation taking the VAT campaign directly to the Prime Minster’s advisers. That’s serious progress. The next step in the campaign happens … Continue reading

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New Airship Review

No Valentine’s cards managed to follow me to Manchester, but thanks to Jonathan Howard on Twitter I have found this review of Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion. I believe that this is the first time anyone has said anything nice … Continue reading

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Wizard’s Tower Update

Last week I should have been officially launching the new US-based publishing company. This involved me committing to several hundred dollars of expenditure, which is always good for focusing the mind on what one is doing. At the same time, … Continue reading

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News From Wizard’s Tower

I’ve just sent out a press release from Wizard’s Tower. This isn’t (immediately) about VAT. It is about two new books that we’ll be publishing shortly. Well, I say new. They are actually old books to which we are giving … Continue reading

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More #EUVAT Irritation

Over the past couple of days I have been working on adjusting the prices of Wizard’s Tower books in various stores to take account of the new VAT laws. It isn’t as easy as it sounds. A major issue is … Continue reading

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VAT Price Rise Reminder

Those of you based in the EU, don’t forget that most ebooks will be rising significantly in price after today. That’s because many small presses that were previously VAT-exempt now have to charge VAT, and because Amazon et al will … Continue reading

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A Very Un-Merry VATmess #EUVAT

I know that people are getting fed up with folk who write open letters to celebrities. However, I contend that senior official in the European Commission are not exactly celebrities as such. Besides, I have just spent quite a bit … Continue reading

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A Quick #VATMOSS Update (#EUVAT)

While I have been busy rushing back and fore across the Atlantic, Juliet McKenna and the other women involved in the VATMOSS campaign have been very busy. On Tuesday there was another Twitter storm, which is where the #EUVAT hashtag … Continue reading

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Doom, Gloom and #VATMOSS

While I’m busy with my day job in Canada, Juliet McKenna and her colleagues are beating their heads against the brick wall that is Whitehall. Juliet’s latest post is here, and in it she explains how HRMC found a solution … Continue reading

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Lawyers Gone Crazy

I was checking Twitter on my way to Heathrow today when I stumbled upon the latest piece of excitement to hit my author friends. Apparently some large publishers are now demanding “non-compete” clauses in book contracts. Yes, that’s right, if … Continue reading

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Some #VATMOSS Updates

First the good news. I have email from HMRC assuring me that I do not have to register for VAT provided that I sell exclusively through third party sites that collect VAT on my behalf. This means Amazon, Google Play, … Continue reading

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A Brief #VATMOSS Update

Thanks to the fine folks at Enterprise Nation, Juliet McKenna was one of many concerned people who got to meet a bunch of HMRC and Treasury bods in Westminster yesterday. As you’ll see from this report, Wizard’s Tower got mentioned. … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding and the #VATMOSS Mess

Some of you are doubtless sick of all this VAT stuff by now, but it is consuming my life at the moment so I have nothing much else to write about. Sorry. The current view is that a small press … Continue reading

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Why #VATMOSS is a #DRM Issue

Another day, another set of confusing and contradictory messages about what will and will not be allowed from January 1st. There is, for example, this article in the Telegraph, which claims a victory for campaigners but is actually nothing but … Continue reading

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Join the #VATMOSS Fightback

I have updated yesterday’s post to explain the Byzantine reasoning why digital products are apparently not eligible for the VAT thresholds. In the meantime, Juliet has set up a protest group to try to force HMRC to take notice of … Continue reading

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The #VATMOSS Mess Enters Looking Glass Land

The biggest problem that all of us struggling with this issue have is that we simply can’t rely on information we are given. I’ve mostly given up researching it and am instead looking at the issues involved in selling Wizard’s … Continue reading

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The #VATMOSS Mess That Keeps On Growing

Yesterday HMRC hosted a Twitter chat to answer questions about the new VAT rules that I blogged about the other day. A little clarity has been obtained, but far more confusion has been sown. Juliet has a blow-by-blow summary of … Continue reading

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The VATman Cometh, Destroying Businesses

I’m a bit behind on this due to having been focusing on other things for the past few months, but I have just caught up on a change to VAT legislation that looks like being an absolute nightmare for anyone … Continue reading

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Halloween Sale – Monster Hunters

It is Halloween, and the world is full of Ghoulies, Ghosties, Long-legged Beasties and Things that Go Bump in the Night. What better time, therefore, to engage the services of Challoner, Murray & Balfour: Monster Hunters at Law? And because … Continue reading

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