The Book 1/Kickstarter Project and the Tax Man (and other updates)
This is — potentially — one of the best ways I've been wrong about something: I spoke with a tax consultant who assures me that most (if not all) of the Kickstarter funding will not count as taxable income.
We have a more in-depth meeting about it (and my other business affairs) in a couple of weeks, so I will let you know if his opinion changes after reviewing things more closely, but it looks like I can operate under the assumption that most — possibly all — of the Kickstarter funding will not count as taxable income. (This does not mean it's "tax-free" — it just means that the income taxes may only come out of the book profits next year, not both the funding and the book profits.) This would be, of course, fantastic news, because it would free up the $2,500 I was planning on setting aside for income taxes — and pushes the Kickstarter project into the black in the process.
If you previously increased your pledge specifically to help me with the tax load, please feel free to adjust your pledge downward! (You may want to wait until after my meeting, though, because it's not 100% sure just yet.) Whatever the conclusion is, rest assured that every penny of the Kickstarter funds will be applied towards the printing, distribution, and promotion of the book (and the pledge rewards), and that I will account for every penny in future Progress Report/Kickstarter updates.
Now Hiring at the Multiplex 10 Because of this tax news, I've canceled the $12,000 Challenge — but not the "Win a Job at the Multiplex 10 Cinemas" giveaway! That means I will just be giving away the "job" at the Multiplex 10 Cinemas to one random backer shortly after the end date, whether or not we reach the $12,000 mark. All the other rules apply: all past, present, and future backers at any level are eligible!
Paper Stocks I am looking into sturdier paper stocks than what I had quoted out before, so the printing costs will be rising somewhat when I get around to that. But I got some samples in and the stocks I'd initially specked out just seemed kind of… flimsy. I want to make the Multiplex: Book 1 collection look as good as it possibly can.