Category Archives: Wizard’s Tower

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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Resurrection Code In Stores

For the benefit of those of you who like to use specific stores to buy your ebooks, Lyda Morehouse’s Resurrection Code is now available in the following places: Kobo Nook (B&N) Google Play Piranhas Of course the book is also … Continue reading

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Resurrection Code Resurrected

BristolCon starts tomorrow, and it seems only appropriate that I should have a new book out for the local convention. Of course it’s not paper, but hey, it is a great book. Resurrection Code is a prequel of sorts to … Continue reading

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Eurocon – Day 3

Yesterday was rather more busy than I had hoped, though much of that was my fault for a) buying a Jim Fitzpatrick print (which then needed careful packing) and b) watching the Grand Prix. Anyway, I got through my final … Continue reading

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Fighting Airship Wins Battle

Bristol-based blogger, Joanna Papageorgiou, is running a “battle of the books” type event to find the best fiction set in Bristol. You may remember that Colinthology lost out to the excellent Heartman a few weeks back. In today’s post Joanna … Continue reading

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