It’s Official: No 1099 for me

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post, this time with an announcement about my 1099 through Amazon. Last year, I was able to submit a 1099 form from Amazon to file my taxes. I made a total of around twenty-two dollars and some change which I was able to file along with my W-2 that I got from my job. It felt great. Even though I only made a small amount of money, I still felt proud of my work.

This time not so much.

I recently got the message from Amazon on my website saying that since I made less than ten dollars or less than six hundred dollars in royalties that I will not get a 1099. I kind of new this was going to happen considering how COVID-19 greatly impacted my publishing schedule. I didn’t publish anything in 2020. My plan was to publish An Orman’s Allegiance in late 2020 but that just didn’t happen.

Why? COVID-19. Ever since COVID-19 started, I have been in limbo when it came to my daycare job. There have been times where I was at home for months doing online work and wondering if I needed to be prepared for what was to come next. There were times where I would be feeling great but then there were other times where I was feeling low. I was wondering whether I would have a steady paycheck coming in.

That took a toll on me. Even though I was able to write my heart out during all of this, I wasn’t able to publish anything because of it. I wasn’t able to market anything either. I needed to save money in order to pay my bills. The only money I had left was for me to pay for a book coaching course online so that I could help writers write the books they desire and get paid for it in the process.

So I took the plunge. I paid for the course.

Because of COVID-19, I was scared to do much of anything. I paid for some cheap marketing to promote my novels but that was it. And now, I don’t have a 1099 from Amazon because I made less than ten dollars over the course of a year. Am I upset? No.

Maybe this year will be better…

Dominique Gibson

Why I love reading romance novels

Hello, Dominique Gibson is back with another post. This post in particular relates to my daily stress that i have been going through lately in addition to why I love reading romance.

So, I will admit that I have been through a lot of stress for the last couple of months. For anyone that works in a daycare setting that’s teaching little ones, they already know just how stressful this job can truly be. I have been dealing with toddlers who haven’t been listening lately and been trying my best to find activities for them to do that supports their overall development. I have been dealing with planning lesson plans, doing observations and assessments, planning activities for the children, etc. and overall, my stress level has been on a scale of one to ten, na 11.

I desperately needed a break.

My PTO is just about gone considering my job has been closed down three times for COVID-19, not to mention I had to take three days off of work for a back injury. I can’t afford to take a vacation due to the circumstances right now (I would love to go someplace tropical at the moment to distress). So, what is a girl to do?

Read a romance novel.

But it wasn’t just any romance novel. I wanted to read a contemporary romance novel involving sexy billionaires who had lots of money and can afford to run their own businesses and not have to worry about being poor. I wanted to read about a heroine who can make her own money and doesn’t need the help of the hero for financial help but would take it if it was necessary to keep her or her family afloat until she will be able to obtain the kind of status the hero has. And I knew just what kind of book I wanted to read.

A Harlequin Desire novel.

The book that popped into my mind was Blame it on the Billionaire by Naima Simone. While I want give out the details about the book right now, I will say this is exactly the book I needed for an escape from my everyday world as a toddler teacher right now. Or just as a teacher in general. It has a sexy billionaire as a hero, a strong-willed heroine who will do anything for her family, and a fake marriage that would make a woman like me swoon and wonder: I wish I could be her right now…

That’s why I read romance novels. I need the escape every once in a while…

Dominique Gibson

PS – if you are interested in buying the book, you can purchase it at the following online retailers:

Harlequin: https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781488062698_blame-it-on-the-billionaire.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Blame-Billionaire-Blackout-Billionaires-Book-ebook/dp/B07WRLSRS3/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3C3HNNUETPQF3&dchild=1&keywords=blame+it+on+the+billionaire+by+naima+simone&qid=1611528437&sprefix=blame+it+on+the+bi%2Caps%2C173&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blame-it-on-the-billionaire-naima-simone/1133045750?ean=9781335208903

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/blame-it-on-the-billionaire

There are plenty more retailers. These are just a few!

Alert for all my Email subscribers!

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back again with a short announcement to all of my email subscribers. I have just finished the January 2021 edition of The Gibson Newsletter for the new year. Please check your email to make sure you have received it! For all of my other viewers, you will receive the newsletter later on in the month so stay tuned.

See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Whew! Making Progress on An Orman’s Allegiance

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with the latest update on An Orman’s Allegiance the third book in the Truson S.E.T. series and the final book in the Ormans Trilogy. After a couple of weeks of working feverishly to rewrite the third pass of An Orman’s Allegiance, I finally submitted the latest rewrite to Judy Roth for her review. My hope is that I will be able to review her final notes so that I will be able to finally publish my book and set it on preorder for a couple of readers to review.

Fingers crossed!

See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

More ways to promote your book

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post about more ways in order to promote your work. Whether you are a self-published author like myself or you are a traditionally published author looking for more opportunities to promote your work, I have found two more resources and opportunities to market your work. One of them is called Dango Books where for seven dollars, you can have your book featured in their newsletters. The link to this site is down below:

Partners Book Submission

Another website I have found that offers promotions is a site called Indie Book Source. They will be able to list your book for only $50 dollars a year. If you are interested in learning more about this, click on the link below:

Promotions

That’s it for now. See you soon.

Dominique