Good news Sweeties! You will be pleased to hear that I have finally established a solution to my EU Vat dilemma, and I am pleased to be able to share my plans for 2015 with you here and now... As you know, the rules on VAT for digital download sales changed on the first of January this year and in order to avoid having to register to pay VAT in all countries in the EU it is necessary for me to direct all my sales through a third party market place, and though the jury is still out on whether this is likely to alter in the future, I have assurances from the HMRC and the marketplaces I have chosen to work with, that filtering my e-books and membership program through such services will not incur any VAT responsibility for Brocantehome as it will be handled by the services themselves.
So here is what is going to happen: with immediate effect, my associations with both Shopify and the SendOwl service I have used to automatically supply my e-books will cease, and all existing e-books and Superstar membership will now be sold through either Paddle, Payhip or indeed Amazon.
I have thought long and hard about these changes: at one point considering, as so many of you suggested, moving everything on to the Kindle, but this simply does not work for my planners and 356 Housekeeping solutions, so as I want to still be able to offer these programs to new and existing readers, they will now be handled by Paltip and in the immediate future, in my Etsy store, and VAT will be added according to your country at the checkout.
One of the bonuses of working with Paltip is that I am now able to offer permanent PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN prices with a minimum set by myself, meaning that hopefully more of you will be able to build up a library of Brocantehome vintage housekeeping and well-being solutions...
Pay what you can prices, then are available on the e-books on this page: so where ever you see a price with an additional + sign, you simply change the price you are willing to pay in the checkout box and you will be taken to Paypal to complete your order - or indeed you pay the suggested minimum price.
As so many of the downloads have been available for a number of years now, the new suggested prices reflect that, and furthermore take in to account the pricing structure necessitated by potential future sales on Amazon.
The Superstar Program
Next up, the Superstar Program will now be handled by Paddle. I will be issuing further details about this in a separate post, but in the meantime please rest assured that for existing superstars, nothing will change and I will re-commence the Shine program in the Salon next week.
The School of Life
For the moment, the School of Life will have to be dis-continued because there is no easy work around for payment without VAT liability. I am upset about this, because CourseCraft allowed me to offer financially accessible short courses, and to structure my writing in a way that I had not done before, however I am aware that many of you also asked for PDF downloads of the courses and so I am re-configuring the two existing short courses into PDF's and they will be available in the store as soon as they are complete. In the future I may offer the courses I planned to create in the School of Life as a folio of affordable e-books or Kindle books, but this is yet to be decided.
The Housekeepers Digest.
I haven't forgotten about it Darlings! This too will now be sold through Payhip, and those who paid last year will receive each issue, when it commences, utterly free of charge. The reason why it was stalled initially is because like The Creative Home Spa and The Puttery Home Companion, these products were layed out and written on Richard's Mac and as I no longer have access to that computer, I am having to re-design and edit them all over again. Please rest assured that all existing obligations will be fulfilled in the coming months me Darlings...
The Amazon Books.
As you know I currently have three Kindle books for Amazon available and to my delight, sales remain consistent. I appreciate this platform as a means of more successfully distributing both my work and the Brocantehome message, and it is my intention to make more of my work available there in the future.
In the foreseeable future, this means that neither A Year of Puttery Treats or Muse will be available to download here as I am having them converted ready to sell on Amazon. As time goes by I hope to move more of my existing part-works on to Amazon, to make them more accessible to both new and existing readers alike. And in 2015, a brand new book, The BrocanteHome Book of Days will be available exclusively for Kindle readers.
I really hope that all this makes sense to each and everyone of you. It has been an incredibly hairy time, and at the end of last year, like so many other small on-line businesses affected by the arrival of #VATMOSS, I really couldn't see a future for Brocantehome but where there is a will, there is always a way, and though I deeply regret what has turned out to be the most necessary (and rather financially frightening!) upheaval, I also believe that it has offered me opportunity to look closely at my existing body of work and to map out a workable, inspirational plan for my writing in 2015.
So here's to a New Year Darlings. All shall be well. And all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well...