I love New Zealand. It's beautiful and green, the people are welcoming and it's not all that far away. I didn't get a lot of time out and about, but hubs did. So here's some photos for you to enjoy!
Okay so over the last couple of days I've been asked a number of times about my Eftpos facility - the Square Reader. So, because I really like it (no I'm not affiliated to them in any way) here is the down low on them.
Squareup is newer in the Australian marketplace, offering a reader that you can plug into your iPhone, iPad or android in order to accept a range of payments:
Okay so down to pricing.
The square system is simple to use, and has a 2 tier pricing system. I've copied and pasted the details below:
I know other authors who use and swear by the Paypal reader, though for me a part of the attraction of the square reader is the initial cost to set up and the ongoing fees are generally lower using the Square Reader.
There is no cost for getting the PayPal Here app, and the card reader is just $99 now. You simply pay 1.95% for transactions through the card reader and PayPal check-in payments, and 2.9% + $0.30 for Key in card payments. Cash transactions will be added to your PayPal account free of charge.
Another big positive for me is the size of the reader itself. It's small enough to fit in your handbag, lightweight and that makes it awesome for authors lugging boxes of books, swag and even pre-orders to conferences, conventions and even markets!
I can track my stock, add postage AUS if I need to (and I have to make life simple) and I've already added my surcharge into the costing.
A note about surcharges:
The RBA hasn’t set an amount for the permitted surcharge amount, but they have defined which costs will be allowed to be included in the allowable surcharge. The actual cost of a transaction does not include the costs of accepting card payments in general (e.g. costs involved in the risk of fraud, or IT infrastructure). Canstar.com.au
If you plan to add the surcharge, you need that somewhere on your signage. I do mine by stating "1.9% surcharge included" and only charge that across the board.
Okay the reality is that these affairs are generally considered to be markets. So rule of thumb is YOU DON"T NEED to receipt every items, however, the Square Reader has that under control too! Your customer, at the time of entering their details (pin etc) can choose to receive a receipt via email. The great thing is, it itemises everything, so if they want a full list, it's there!
Okay, so where can you buy them?
They are available from Officeworks, Bunnings, Apple Stores and online through their website www.squareup.com.
Disclaimer: I do not work for or have any affiliation with SquareUp. I own one and use it whenever I attend signing functions, markets etc.,
Well, this isn't quite the blog I planned on. Instead I had set it up to blog daily, to share pics etc., I have to be honest, I forgot how exhausting it is... And the internet was pretty sucky, so I decided to do something completely different.
I hope someone gets benefit out of it.
Home again... Overfull suitcases, loads of washing, cats and dogs all over me like a rash...
Conference was great, but the come down is pretty harsh. After whooping it up for 4 days of fun and mayhem... yes and the occasional murder photo... (What was that? You missed it? Oh... sorry!)
Thanks to Danielle Belwater, Xanthe Luke and Mr Nix for this bit of humour!
Anyway, so there you are looking at the remains of the post conference high and thinking, "Where the hell do I go now?" Sound familiar? It is to me. This morning, after the school run, I tried to decide what I should be doing. (Apart from housekeeping stuff, of course.)
Now, it had been a successful weekend. Last night I popped into Facebook and liked/commented etc., I added new friends and dealt with the social side of being home. I emptied my suitcase and piled up all the books I acquired... (Personally I came out with 13 new books) plus one for youngest daughter, one of Mother In Law and a stuffed cat for the oldest. With all of the basic stuff attended to, it's time to go deeper.
Deeper? What do you mean, I hear you asking. Well, as many know, I pitched Dark Souls, my completed work to a range of houses and agents. (Think deep deep breath here!! It was both scary and energising.)
I had 4 requests and I need to deal with them. The immediate reaction is to send them out immediately. To collect the synopsis, write the letters and whack those manuscripts out into the world.
WAIT! DON'T DO ANYTHING UNTIL YOU'VE READ ON!!!!
See, if there's nothing else I've learned it's to stop. Breathe deeply and reorganise my mind. I could round up what I have and send it straight out, but I won't. Not yet.
Take that action in haste and repent at leisure. We all know that saying and in writing it's no different. I was asked twice for something I wasn't intending to pitch, but I want to sit down with those manuscripts (written right back at the beginning of my writing career) and re-evaluate them, re-write the synopsis for each and polish them till they sparkle.
One thing I did do though, is open word and MAKE A LIST.
If you haven't worked it out yet, I live and die by the list.
The longer you go, between receiving the "yes" and sending in the item you've promised, is that it becomes cloudy in your mind. My advice is to use either a spreadsheet or word doc, write down the Who you pitched to, the House, the Email address and WHAT they specifically asked for. While I do write it on the business cards, it's easy enough to misplace them, and this becomes my backup.
Next up, I'll go through everything I received, conference booklets, hand outs, notes and even business cards and make a notation as to what other follow ups I need to do.
RWAus does suggest a 3 month window of opportunity, which I think is great, because it's not too late to miss the interest of the editor/agent or miss the boat if the topic is particularly hot, but gives us time to make the final push and prepare our titles for the reading of the editors.
BUT what that does mean, is making a commitment to following through. Now I have heard that a lot of people secure the pathway through the pitch but DON"T follow through. So mark a date on your calendar that you will finalise and email your submission through. Make yourself accountable.
For anyone who missed the fun and games of the RWAus2014 crowd, I recommend popping into Facebook or twitter and searching by the keyword #RWAus2014.
If you're an Aussie romance writer and aren't a member, you may wish to consider joining. To do so visit www.romanceaustralia.com to find out more!