Post IV: Seeking and Finding
In the last week, I sought information on the following: 1) how to open an account with Create Space; 2) how to acquire and Employer Taxation ID Number from the IRS; and 3) where to find the exact cover image I needed for my soon-to-be-released novel, CASTLES IN THE SAND.
Seek and ye shall find, they say. I did and so can you. Some hopefully helpful information regarding my search…
1) Opening an Account on Create Space:
- Easy-peasy. Just go to the site and fill in the form. They email you. You confirm. Next, log in, click on Account Information and then on Royalty Payment Information. If you have a sole proprietorship and live outside the U.S., you need an Employer Identification Number (EIN).
2) Acquisition of an EIN:
- There is easy access to info about obtaining an EIN through Create Space. You can acquire the Taxation ID number either by filling out/submitting forms or by calling the IRS. Create Space even lists the phone number which, by the way, is NOT toll free.
The process only takes a few minutes by phone, but that does not account for the long wait time. Nonetheless, USE THE PHONE. DO NOT HANG UP. Putter around, tidy your desk, chase dust bunnies up and down the hall with your Swiffer while you wait (my default on-hold activity.) I was on the phone for about one hour. Almost panicked when, just as the wonderfully helpful lady at the IRS was about to give me my number, the phone beeped. I glanced at the screen: low battery! (Pause here for mild expletive.) I ran and grabbed the other phone. (Phew!)
So,why did I not just fill out/submit the form, you ask? Because a friend of mine did that and it took two months.
3) Locating a Cover Photo:
- I spent hours looking through stock sites for a cover image. I searched castles, sandcastles, sandcastles + waves, but could not find exactly the right image. After a couple of days of indecision, I almost settled for one that was okay. But, instead, I walked away. That night, I wrote in my journal that the exact image I wanted would show up the next day. The very next morning, I searched sand + waves + British Columbia and came up with a photo of English Bay in Vancouver where my fictitious character, Justin, built fictitious sandcastles with his fictitious little boy, Bobby. As soon as I saw that shot, I knew my search was over.
My advice? Do not settle. That would be like tying a tattered string around a beautifully wrapped present. Wait. The perfectly-matching bow will show.
I extend a heartfelt nod of thanks to: Create Space for their Print On Demand program; Shutterstock for their bottomless well of images; photographer Eva Kondzialkiewicz for that perfect pic of English Bay; and, my cover designer Michael Hiebert for his patience while I located that image.
Now it’s back to my To Do List!
My best to you,