Saturday, February 26, 2011

Amazon e-Publishing: A Question

I've been reading quite a lot lately on self-publishing and e-publishing and indie authors... So I was thinking that at some point I'd like to try e-publishing, just to see how it works out.

So now I'm getting excited about my new idea. I go off to Amazon, click on the link that says Self-publish with Us, go to the Kindle Books section, click on Learn More and setup an account for myself.

Easy. Great :-)

Not so great... When it comes to filling in the rest of my account info (the info that is necessary in order for me to be able to publish something) I get asked for my US taxpayer info and my US social security number. Neither of which I have!

So then I get directed to the IRS website to apply for this stuff...

My question to you: Are you a non-US citizen, residing in a non-US country, who has e-published with Amazon before? How much of a mission is it to get this tax number stuff sorted out? What was the process and how long did it take?

(Ok, so that's several questions... Sorry!)


Francine Howarth said...


In answer, haven't a clue! But, Wendy Tyler Ryan at

has done a whole load of research on e-pubbing through Amazon and other. Why not ask her that very question - not sure if she's gone that far but she has plenty of other info.


J.L. Campbell said...

Interesting stuff that I'd like to know too. With so many self-publishing, it has now crossed my mind a time or two that I might want to retain complete rights over one of my stories. Will hop over to the blog Francine suggested.

Regina said...

Looking forward to reading more posts and following your journey on self-publishing. I have not looked into this directly but have read about it indirectly as a "what if" factor in my writing but I don't think I am ready yet. Best wishes.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry Rachel, I have no idea! I know a lot of my blogging friends reside outside the USA. I'm sure someoone will have the answer for you.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Wow, if only life was much more simpler than that. :( I'm sorry to hear that. I wish you the best. *hugs*

♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

Lisa Nowak said...

I can't help, either. I thought there were options for publishing outside the US. Don't they have a "help" section or a "Contact us" button?

erica and christy said...

Are you working through Create Space at all? I've heard that their help center crews are amazingly helpful. Other than that, humph...