Hi Monique! Thank you for hosting me during the WICKED blog tour! We’ve been having so much fun chatting along the way, giving away lots of books and eventually even a Kindle Fire or Color Nook! (yay!)
I was chatting up my friend Amy at the last Colorado Romance Writers meeting about my next blog post. When you have so many to write, it's difficult to come up with something new to say. It's also very important. I certainly don't want to bore anyone!
Of course CRW is a group dedicated to the business of writing, so while talking business...a few things came up...
So now a quiz: What do the following items have in common?
Broad sword (as well as a claymore, three daggers and a cutlass)
Custom tooled leather gunslinger belt for a six shooter
Male models (x6)
Dildos (those are for RomCon)
I’ll tell you what they have in common: my taxes. These are all business write offs.
It’s exciting being a romance novelist and a photographer. For example, those tight riding pants and that riding crop? They’re on the cover of FREEDOM. Props for the studio. Not used for anything else, and those pants got a workout too.
The custom made corset on FOUND? All the fabric and cording, rivets, grommets and even the tool written off. The rope on TAKEN, the ring on RUINATION, the gloves on SUBMISSION, all written off.
But it can be more interesting than that. Saddles, chaps, weapons, people, a trip to California, gear...all these things can be found on my tax return.
Saddle, grips, bullets, quick draw belt, model.
It gets better though. I was chatting with my accountant about my marketing strategies, and mentioned that I had seen a spike in sales after Man Candy Monday on twitter (7-9 p.m. every Monday, just follow that hashtag and enjoy) He just kinda sat there and looked at me. Eventually he smiled. But explaining the list of write offs to him got interesting. Especially when we got to the receipt from the sex toy store. (riding crops are cheaper there, so are handcuffs.)
He really wasn’t prepared for me. But he is starting to enjoy our chats. He is impressed with how in tune I am with my audience. We usually meet at coffee shops, and he has started getting a table further and further into the corner. I really am not safe for public consumption. I have warned waitstaff to seat me away from children and families when I’m with other writers, or my editor, or clients.
I’ve also learned to sit with my back toward a wall if I’m planning on working on my computer. Because you never know what will pop up on my computer screen.
I love my job, and the best part about it is that I love to share. With all of you. :)
So what do you think I should try to write off on my taxes next year? Let’s start a bucket list. See if we can make it more interesting!
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RETRIBUTION: The Rake And The Recluse: Part Six
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