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Thursday, April 15, 2010

I decided that I would blog on my assigned day...

Instead of missing it again...

I seem to have forgotten to do my regular posts every week on a couple of my other co-op blogs, so I felt it might get the ball rolling in the right direction if I managed to post today.

Such an auspicious day...tax deadline day. I finally got mine done, and put the checks in the mail. This is the first time in my life I have not gotten a refund. I suppose now that I am self-employed as a writer, there are MORE taxes I need to pay. LOL! Plus, I found out the hard way that my retirement only deducts Federal taxes...so I owed over a thousand in State taxes. Sheesh!

Ah, well...at least I still have roof over my head.

I just wish I could get the royalties from all the pirated copies of my books that are running around out there. So far, the total in lost income edges a bit over $12,400. It would sure be nice to have that in my pocket. And that's only from the top three sites.

Better get busy writing, so I can afford my taxes next year at this time. LOL!

Hugs!

Fran Lee
http://www.franleeromance.com


13 comments:

Amber Skyze said...

Grrrr, those damn pirate sites. Yes, please get writing so your fans can enjoy more books! :)

Tina Donahue said...

Love the cover of your book, Fran - soooo hot - I am jealous!! :)

Molly Daniels said...

Our taxes are finished, but I still need to sign my MIL's and get her form in the mail! Yikes...going off to do that ASAP...

Katalina Leon said...

Fran you are such a wonderful writer. I hope this coming year, lightening strikes and you get a book that pays you back what you've lost and more. You're poised for greater success.
XXOO Kat

Sandy said...

That's horrible to lose that much money to pirates, Fran. I have no idea what I'm losing. I'm afraid to go to those sites.

Fran Lee said...

Sandy,

I go to the source sites and write down the number of downloads X the royalty from that book. Too bad I wasn't allowed to claim these lost sales on my taxes. They don't let you. Grrrrr.....

Fran Lee said...

Kat...

Thanks for the kind words! That was sooo sweet, and made my day!

Fran Lee said...

Molly,

I always used to use tax returns as a "bank" of sorts, because I always got a refund. Even with all my write offs and deductions, I ended up paying a lot this year.

Fran Lee said...

Tina!

Thanks! Syneca is fabulous, isn't she?

Fran Lee said...

Amber,

I am ready to submit a new one as we speak. LOL! Just got a release date for the Cougar Challenge book, Nothing but Sex...May 14th

April Ash said...

Pirates don't care about our careers and finances...just looking for "free" ways to scam authors.
All we can do is keep writing and #$%@ those idiots when we find out who they are!
Sorry you had to pay...but your career is going strong!

jean hart stewart said...

I sympathise with you. I didn't pay quarterly deductions thinking I'd get a refund anyway but it didn't turn out that way. Ugh. No fancy treats for me for a while.

jean hart stewart said...

Fran, what are those three sites? I only know one, Astatalk and can't get them to take down my stuff. Jean

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