Return to Your Natural Colours Edition 2

Here at last.

With our appearance,

We tell the world, “This is who I am.”

Actually, “This is who I think I am.”

And they respond, “If you say so.”

On our own, we’re usually incorrect or incomplete.

As in life, we must manage our expectations of others.

With this book and the colour palette from your colour analyst, you will learn to manage what they see for your greatest result.

But, guaranteed, your Season cannot be known by reading this book. You need to visit a colour analyst first.

Our best appearance means moving towards ourselves, the image of us painted in our own colours.

You will find your real beauty. Your colours will sing.  The shapes of your facial bones will become slender and focussed. Your ancestry may emerge.

An alternative reality might float up, the one where you were meant to live.  As you see yourself differently, holding back change may take more effort than letting it in.

 

> The video is also here at YouTube.

Paperback

CDN$38.10

To buy more than one copy, please e-mail me (christine@12blueprints.com) with the quantity, your mailing address, and the email for your PayPal account.

Tax

Canada only.

5% Canada-wide.

Included in prices below, as appropriate.

Shipping

Canada Post.

Air Mail. Delivery:  2 weeks – 2 months depending on distance and passage through local Customs.

NO tracking.

Choose your destination:

1. Canada Ontario/Quebec (shipping CN14.09) = CN54.09.




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2. Canada East/West and USA (shipping CN18.41) = CN58.66.




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3. EU (shipping CN40.99) = CN79.09.




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4. All other global destinations (shipping CN48.37) = CN86.47.




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E-books

The entire book and each of the 12 Season chapters will become available in this format.

E-books may exclude the colour layouts. Purchasers of single chapters will have the more accurate palette from their colour analyst.

When? In the near future.

Where? Probably this website.

At what price? CN$8.99 or similar.

Locations? Early research suggests North America only. The reason: with digital products, the EU requires that VAT be registered/recorded/remitted by the seller. This is an ambitious request for businesses such as mine. A financial threshold is expected in 2019 and the situation may change.

12 thoughts on “Return to Your Natural Colours Edition 2”

  1. Hi Christine, will the paperback be sold on Amazon eventually? For us European readers it would mean way lower shipping costs.

  2. It would be great if one or several of the European analysts could stock some copies of your updated book and make them available for purchase in Europe. That would lower the shipping cost AND ensure that we wouldn’t be charged am arm and a leg in domestic customs charges.

  3. Thank you for your comments. I agree with you entirely. However, I am as limited as a Canadian as you may feel as EU citizens. The place to be in business is the USA, a belief that I hold more strongly with every new project.
    After extensive research into Amazon, the list of reasons why it didn’t work is fairly long. One is that their global shipping/export service is only available within the USA. Therefore, I would be required to go though the shipping cost and complexity, and IRS tax obligations of importing cases of books into that country and to AZ warehouses. For what seemed a great option, AZ created more complexity than solutions to anyone not living in the US. I looked into book distribution in Canada but the options concern themselves with domestic distribution, another dead end. Shipping into AZ’s EU warehouses introduced yet another level of headache beyond importing, namely the VAT. Although AZ is prepared to manage these steps, they require extensive registrations and fees, often in excess of the cost of the actual book.
    Whether an EU analyst is willing to take on the importing and distribution is their decision. The time, paperwork, customer management, etc required are substantial enough.
    An e-book will appear at some point. I’m presently researching platforms to give EU clients options, but as mentioned in the post, the EU places different taxations regulations on digital products since they cannot be taxed by the local Customs when they enter the country. It appears that I’d have to register for the VAT in one of the countries and then manage yet another quarterly taxation reporting and remittance, in some other currency probably. From the experiences of others in my position, I am not convinced that I want to do this.
    Shipping costs from Canada are indeed high. The surface mail option is available at $20 less shipping but, as we found with the first edition, delivery requires 2-6 months and packages seem to take the long way, although every one of them was eventually delivered.
    Again, I do apologize. If I made the rules, the world might be different.

  4. I am an European (hobbyist) author who has self-published several books, and who sold some ebooks in the US through Amazon; far as I know, to sell ebooks in the US no registration for VAT in that country was required of me, just the standard tax information, the same that was required to sell ebooks in Europe. When I put an ebook on Amazon, I just have to tell which countries I want the book to be sold, and that’s all. (and, at the end of the year, add the royalties I earned, which are already partly taxed before they are paid to me, to my yearly tax declaration)
    Since there are bilateral agreements between Europe and the US, and between Europe and Canada, I’m positive there is a solution that doesn’t require you to register for the VAT here in Europe, at least for the ebook, which would indeed be inconvenient.
    I also think (not 100% sure, though) that customers can actually buy ebooks from other countries’ Amazon’s website, since a single account can be used on all marketplaces with the same user name, password and credit card credentials, so I think that if you put the ebook on amazon.ca, we european would still be able to find and buy it by simply typing amazon.ca instead of amazon.it, amazon.fr, amazon.de etc.
    As for platforms, here in Italy a lot of people uses StreetLib.
    If none of this works, though, will it be possible for us Europeans to buy the book through your website?
    Not being a native English speaker, I hope I didn’t butcher the language in this comment, and that I managed to convey all I wanted to.

  5. Wowsah, do you really have an ad of your book on a London (UK) bus stop? Or is that photoshopped…? :) (No offence intended, just curious!)

  6. Melina, it’s from a series of images the book designer sent for entertainment. I have them in shopping malls, magazines, and other fun (and funny) locations.

    Mia, the e-book will be a month or two but it will appear.

    Sole, thank you for this information. I looked at selling the e-book only through AZ.ca and opening it up to global destinations but there was some issue that I can’t recall. Maybe the VAT; AZ looks after the paperwork and sends an invoice but the seller still has to register and remit the tax. When I spoke with AZ, they stated that they ‘cannot offer tax advice and to seek the services of an accountant’. So I did that, both my own and firms in Seattle and Manhattan, and they weren’t sure about digital goods, e-commerce being a different ballpark, I suppose.

    About US Tax for Canadians, we do not need to charge it for digital goods unless we have a Nexus presence. The various states are now required to charge it of one another for tangible and digital goods, but far as I can tell, they’re only enforcing it for the big retailers.

    About EU VAT, everything I read on AZ and elsewhere suggests that we do have to charge it. The only loophole I can see is that Canadian law may excuse us from this in some way but I won’t test it without confirmation.

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    Look under Conditions #2:

    https://support.ecwid.com/hc/en-us/articles/208524015-How-to-comply-with-the-VAT-Rules-for-Selling-Digital-Goods

    Also here:

    https://bullpen.bullish.io/sales-tax-101-for-canadian-startups-98d1a3df0bbe

    And here:

    https://quaderno.io/resources/eu-vat-guide/
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    How SendOwl (a UK company that delivers digital products securely, which is hard to do with a simple website, and provides payment options) (scroll about 1/4 of the way down) handles EU VAT:

    https://activegrowth.com/sendowl-vs-woocommerce-vs-easy-digital-downloads-best-digital-product-delivery-tool-review/

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    How Selz handles EU VAT reporting, the shopping platform that I will probably use to sell the e-books:

    https://help.selz.com/article/159-handling-sales-tax

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    Sorry for flooding you with information. It’s so rare to find someone who can have this conversation with me :) As a reward, here is more on taxation joys in the global marketplace:

    https://quaderno.io/blog/digital-taxes-around-world-know-new-tax-rules/

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    As much as sincerely regret the complications and wish it could be otherwise, my hands are tied by rules I did not invent. I will not be registering for the VAT. I console myself by comparing university costs in Europe and Canada (we pay $15,000 – 20,000 per child per year, if anybody would like to discuss that). That’s more than the $40 shipping cost for a book. I guess it all evens out somewhere.

    Come to think of it, there’s another loophole to consider. The difference between selling to the EU and from the EU, but the links above are specific and clear that digital product taxation rules apply to businesses outside the EU. At least, that’s how I read it.

    To answer your last question, will EU citizens be able to buy the e-book from my site? I don’t know yet but if the above holds true, then no. I really would like to be wrong about this and if I am, perhaps someone could tell me how. If you mean about buying the paperback, then sure, they can purchase it right now.

    And your English was excellent :)

    Thank you. I appreciate you sharing your experience. We are all learning.

  7. Hi Christine. I do have a question. I’ve ordered my book, but as you’ve indicated there is no tracking number available. How will I know if and when it has been shipped? Thanks.

  8. Books are shipped within 1-6 days of receiving the order.

    Actually, they are always shipped within 3 days. The 6 days allows for a few days if I am away from the inventory for a short period. Or other unforeseen delays, such as the 2-day continuous sleet storm we have just had :)

    It’s a great question, Jan. When you completed the checkout at PayPal, you should have been redirected to a page that acknowledges the purchase and mentions the shipping time. The page is called Book Purchase Success. Did that actually happen? PayPal doesn’t allow me to progress through the system, as a customer of my own account, and check these things.

  9. Hi Christine. The PayPal email notification indicates that my payment has been sent to you, but that “seller hasn’t provided any shipping details yet.” So far that’s all I have. I was just curious – LOL.

  10. Hi Christine, thanks for your gentle and thorough answer. I began to read the documents you linked, but I think I’ll eke them out… too many taxation joys at once could kill me :D
    You know, it’s not the actiual cost of the shipping that make me say, let’s see if there’s another way : as you pointed out, it’s not that big a sum. It’s its being higher than the price of the good I’m buying that is annoying :P
    I’m considering persuading someone else to buy another copy along with mine, to share shipping costs. I don’t think I’ll wait and see whether I can buy the ebook from your website, because I think the paperback is better: the colours would be more accurate than the ones I can see on the screen of my tablet.
    Thank you for your patience and kindness!

  11. Jan – thank you! So helpful to know what the customer sees.

    Sole – yes, I agree that for this book, the paperback may be better. It’s more like a textbook. And I could be wrong, but I think the Euro is stronger than the $CN? I know the US$ is stronger at the moment, by quite a big margin. This would help offset the shipping cost, because I totally get it about being annoyed when shipping exceeds the cost of the item itself.

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