How To Get Started With Twitter – 5 Star Review


So lately I decided to go back to my roots and follow my dream career of having my own ebook store full of my own ebooks as I literally live and breathe writing, it’s simply a part of who I am and I cannot, not do it. – I actually bought my virtual ebook shop template years ago – some of you may remember quirkybooks.net, but I did not have books to put on it. Last year I finally self-published my book that took me two and a half years to write and this Twitter book took me far less time too write, and has been selling well, it’s only 99p, so it’s not surprising.

How to Get Started With Twitter
How To GET STARTED WITH TWITTER For Absolute Beginners GET GOING AND GET GROWING A Step-By-Step Guide Kindle Edition

My new Twitter book received it’s first review that is 5 Stars and I wanted to share it with you, so happy right now that those long hours of work have paid off and thanks for sticking with me while I was off here for a while working on it.

I bought Sandra Bellamy’s book. I wanted to really … 19 April 2016
By Viviana Vitarelli – Published on Amazon.com
“I bought Sandra Bellamy’s book. I wanted to really get 100% out of my Twitter account. It tackles all of the basics but as you keep reading there’s so much more to it. If you’re starting out Sandra ‘s book will allow you to start twitting and above all getting the most out of it.”

Available on Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1MGohqL

Amazon USA http://amzn.to/1Wd0eRK

‘My Asexual Perspectives, Love, Life and Sex, ACElebration of Diversity’ book, is a huge project, and for the next 2-3 months is going to be a main focus for me. I have by overwhelmed in an awesome way, with the many fantastic interview responses I have received so far – it’s truly going to be a life changing book for asexuality and for the individuals who are contributing to it.

I also have plans to write many more books – I already started work on my next non-asexual non-fiction book called ‘How To Survive On Little Or No Sleep,’ For Those Who Can’t, Don’t, Or won’t’ – I think I am well qualified to write this one, and a guy on Twitter already said he wants to buy it when I just told him the title of it – he knows I don’t sleep much and wants to be able to sleep less and get more out of life!!

Keep rocking YOUR stuff, doing YOUR thing, living YOUR dreams and YOUR passions – it’s an exciting time when anything awesome could happen. Love you all dearly. Sorry I am not getting around blogs much – I am also currently finishing building my asexualise.com site that is to be launched soon. Exciting stuff! xx

PS. It’s my birthday this weekend (Sun) and I am actually having two days off from work to celebrate ( Sat and Sun) with two amazingly full day, day trips out, with two good friends – can’t wait! Bristol Zoo with a friend on Saturday – yes again, love it, and two movies. Then on Sun I am off to Plymouth aquarium with another friend and seeing my parents – Seeing a friend for an early celebration after work tomorrow!

It’s Chestnut’s second birthday on Saturday – day before mine, but as I am away almost the whole day, I will most probably celebrate it with her on Friday – time for a piggie video I think!

Stay quirky! And – Write soon xx

 

PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF How To GET STARTED WITH TWITTER For Absolute Beginners GET GOING AND GET GROWING


How to Get Started With Twitter
How To GET STARTED WITH TWITTER For Absolute Beginners GET GOING AND GET GROWING A Step-By-Step Guide Kindle Edition

How To GET STARTED WITH TWITTER For Absolute Beginners GET GOING AND GET GROWING A Step-By-Step Guide Kindle Edition

So you may have been wondering what I have been up to and if I have fallen of the planet or something because I have been so quiet of late – No! I am still very thankful to be here and grateful that I have been able to write, finished and published book number two, on Kindle for Mac. This book is priced at only 0.99p for it’s launch which was yesterday – 8th April 2016. So proud to have finished this, published it, and be able to help a ton of people in the process. Thanks always for your support. The price won’t stay like this forever, so if you do want a copy, grab one now. And please share this post with your friends and anyone you feel might benefit from it.

After creating this book I have my twelfth Twitter account. @quirkybooksnet is my most popular account with over 4000 organic followers. I have never paid for followers.  I have taught Twitter for Recovery from Mental Health for the Recovery Learning Community, that is part of the NHS, and taught how to use Twitter for business and pleasure; as part of my Quirky Training business – I fully know what I am talking about and will easily and confidently guide you through the necessary steps to get going and get growing.

This is the Ultimate Guide for Absolute Beginners Who Have No Clue About How To Get Started With Twitter!

You have heard of Twitter and how it is one of the most powerful communication tools on the internet. You have seen people on TV saying Tweet us. You have heard of businesses getting ahead of their competition because they are using it daily, and you would love to join in. But you are a bit of a techno phobe, and you just don’t know where to start or how to get going; and most guides around seem to blow your mind and confuse you all the more! You want something very easy that you can just follow along with, that will take you from A-B, and decipher what steps you are actually taking, so you can easily remember how to use Twitter and have a basic understanding of what is going on, long after you have put the book down!

This book will guide you through every step to get started, get going and get growing with Twitter. In an easy to understand step-by-step format, Social Media Expert Sandra Bellamy teaches you:

How to create your first ever Twitter account
What Twitter is and what it is used for
What a Tweet is and how to send one
How to add a profile and header photo
How to add a short bio with the option to link it to another site
What direct messages are and how to send and reply to one
How to Like, Retweet and Reply to Tweets
How to follow other Tweeters and search for more Followers
What @mentions are and how to use them
What Hashtags (#) are and how to use them
How to unfollow someone or block them
How To Gain More Followers, Likes and Retweets
12 Golden Rules for Getting the Most Out of Twitter

Buy it from USA

Buy it from UK

This is the essential guide every Twitter novice won’t want to be without.

Do you already use Twitter?

How are you getting on with Twitter?

Finding it hard to get followers?

The information in this book will help you.

I would love to have your feedback.

Until next time, keep embracing your quirky, and write soon

Sandra xx

How to obtain an EIN for self-publishing with CreateSpace


Hello, how are you?

As you are aware from my previous posts, I began the journey of self-publishing in the earlier part of last year. I announced that I would be completing my Break through the barriers of redundancy book in the beginning part of this year, to sell on Amazon and in the future through my own e-Book store, quirkybooks.net, that is still in the early stages of construction. You are probably wondering why on earth I haven’t just got on with it and published it by now. The truth is, I have been getting on with it, most weeks, over a number of days, for many hours. I guess I naively thought when I started out, that I would write a book, get a good cover design, upload it and hey presto, job done. I was wrong. In the most simplistic of terms, yep, that’s what you do and it’s good to think about it in those simplistic terms, otherwise it can be a real mind boggler, particularly when trying to publish through CreateSpace, that is for print, as well as KDP, for Kindle. After hours of writing and time spent on styling the book; page layout, formatting, indexing, pagination, I could go on, I finally created my CreateSpace account. When I next logged into CreateSpace, I had this message alert from them:

Welcome to CreateSpace!

Some things you should know about your account and how we report your earned royalties to the Internal Revenue Service: We are required to report your earned royalties to the Internal Revenue Service. If you currently reside in the United States, you must provide us with a Tax ID number, payee address and business type before your title can go live and be available for purchase. If you are currently living outside of the United States, you must provide us with your payee address and business type before your title can go live and be available for purchase.

Please refer to http://www.CreateSpace.com/International for additional information for non-US members.

To update this information, visit https://eu.createspace.com/pub/accountsettings.royaltypaymentinformation.do to access your “Royalty Payment Information.”

Upon opening this link:

https://eu.createspace.com/pub/accountsettings.royaltypaymentinformation.do

On Monday the 2nd of June 2014, I spent hours trawling the internet to find out what I needed to type into the Tax and Business Information section of my Royalty Payment Profile. I needed to type in a Tax Reporting Name and Business Type, plus a Tax Identification number, that I hadn’t got a clue about. I had previously bought a book on self-publishing and even that confused me.

Tax & Business Information

US Tax Information

Tax Reporting Name
Sandra Bellamy
Tax Identification Number
**-*******
Business Type
Individual
After hours of tearing my hair out (not literally, I am not bald) and painstaking arrrrgh! Moments; to cut a very long story short, I managed to find out what I needed to type in, as you can see from the above screen shot. To do this I discovered; if you sell books on Amazon through CreateSpace or KDP, all UK and EU sales, have no tax withholding on your royalties. However, the USA withholds 30% tax on your book royalties, unless you obtain either an ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number) otherwise known as TIN or EIN (Employer Identification Number) from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) from the USA. Then fill in a W-8BEN and post it to CreateSpace at the address given in your CreateSpace account. Because the UK have a treaty agreement with the USA, residents of the UK can pay 0%. From my research, it was clear that getting an EIN is a lot easier than obtaining an ITIN, which can take several months. As soon as I discovered that if you are self-employed, you can apply for an EIN, and it’s as easy and simple as downloading a form and making a phone call to the IRS in the USA, I did it.
The procedure I followed is below:
  • I got the phone number of the IRS in the USA  – From the UK it’s 00 1267 941 1099.
  • I contacted my phone company to find out how much it would cost to phone the number, so I didn’t have any nasty surprises. I had read that the phone call would be between 20 – 30  minutes in duration.
  • I downloaded form SS-4 (Application for Employer Identification Number) from the IRS website to have to hand when I made my phone call.
  • I filled in the form SS-4. I wrote my name and address details. Type of entity I wrote; Other – sole trader. (I was told during the conversation with the IRS  that is was Sole Proprietor because I am a sole trader not Other.) Reason for applying was Compliance with IRS withholding regulations. A date that I started my business, (registered with HMRC). Principal merchandise sold, specific construction work done, products produced or services provided, was book royalties. Has the applicant entity on line 1, ever applied for an EIN – No.
  • I downloaded the form W-8BEN-E to send to CreateSpace. (I was subsequently advised that you actually need form W-8BEN 2006 version, until July 2014, because the new W-8BEN-E that is 43 parts long, has been released too early and there are no instructions for it yet!)
  • I then phoned the IRS in the USA, that I was informed is open 12 hours a day.

The lady at the IRS gave me her badge number at the start of the conversation, I had to say that I was applying for an EIN, that I own my own business and I am a sole trader. After 20 minutes of talking to the lady at the IRS and answering the questions that I had filled out on the SS-4 form, I was given my EIN number on the phone that was a 9 digit number starting with 98-. I asked to be put through to another department to have help filling in my W-8BEN-E, that ended up being the W-8BEN (see previous mention). I needed to post this form to CreateSpace Asap, because it states they only process these forms on the 10th of each month.

Filling in W-8BEN

  • Part 1: Identification of Beneficial Owner. The beneficial owner was my name and the type was Individual, as I am a sole trader.
  • Part 1 – (8): Is the EIN number that I just received, with a tick in the EIN box.
  • Part II Claim of Tax Treaty Benefits was A – Resident of the United Kingdom (no abbreviation) and B.
  • Part II 10 Special rates and conditions Article (12) of the treaty identified on line 9a above to claim a (0%) rate of withholding on specify type income): (Royalties.) Explain the reasons behind the beneficial owner meets the terms of the treaty article: (I was told to write the following)…...I am a resident of the United Kingdom and all of the products are made in the United Kingdom with no fixed base of operation within the United States.
  • Part IV Must be signed, with an original signature, dated and title added (Owner).

I posted my W-8BEN form off by airmail to CreateSpace the next day. It takes 4 days to get there, so it should get there in time for processing on the 10th of June 2014. Something else I need to bear in mind, is that US sales are only paid in $, so I may want to open a USA bank account because of conversion fees. More stuff to boggle the mind. I hope this step-by-step guide will help a ton of people, including yourself, and ensure you don’t go bald in your journey into print.

One article I found particularly helpful about an ITIN and EIN was:
I don’t have the instructions for the ITIN because I decided to not go down that route and if you Google ITIN or TIN, there is a ton of information about what to do.
Until next time, write soon
Sandra