Publishing your own book is a lot of work. As you move on, you keep encountering new hurdles on a weekly basis.
Like: There was something wrong with your registration for your United States tax identification number and so you have to find the mistake and hand in all the forms again (which means waiting for another four weeks). Or, you find out, that if you want to sell your book via Amazon to readers in Germany and accept Amazon`s offer to use their extended inner European network, you need to register for a tax identification number in Poland and the Czech republic. Apart from getting a tax ID for Germany. And this list goes on and on. 🙂
So I thought, if I want to publish my fantasy children`s book Below the Floor, it would be a good idea to attend to a seminar about doing eCommerce (via Amazon), held by the Chamber of Commerce of Tyrol. The seminar took place in Innsbruck, which is four hours away from Vienna, if you go by train.
I hate driving cars. You have to be really careful that you do not run over pedestrians, dogs, cats, rabbits (there are lots of rabbits once you leave the city of Vienna and drive through Lower Austria), or crash into other cars or trees. That`s why I like trains. You can just sit down, read, or look up to the sky – with its misty mountains like the ones near Salzburg and Innsbruck. I only had my cellphone with me, as I usually pack as little as possible. So you have to excuse the quality of the pictures. But the view on the ride to Innsbruck was breathtaking.
Well, once I arrived in Innsbruck, I had a quick meal and looked for the building of the Chamber of Commerce. The seminar was really interesting, though it was not the place to dig very deep into the inner workings of Amazon. But the two lecturers offered a lot of links to additional resources and visiting the seminar really paid off just because of a single bit of information they gave us as a side note. But more about that in one of my later posts. 🙂
Oh, and again, please excuse that I am so late with my blog post. My company is running at full steam at the moment (I do animations for advertising agencies and multimedia companies). And the gig I am currently working on is really cool, but it also has an insane workload.
By the way: I just watched the trailer for Luc Besson`s new sci-fi movie, Valerian, and it looks awesome! Who else is pumped to watch it? 🙂
…So, now back to work. 🙂