QuickBooks Simple Start

I downloaded Intuit’s Simple Start Free version of QuickBooks. This is not a  brain-dead version by any means, though it is limited in some functionalities you would get in the full-featured version. It is certainly good enough for me to get the business side of writing novels down on paper, so to speak. I really do hate (well, dislike with great intensity, anyway) business. You’d think at my age some of it would have soaked in when I wasn’t looking, but, no, I was way too sharp to allow that to happen. I can count my pennies, but nickles and dimes give me headaches.

So a free product that comes with lots and lots of well organized help files and access to the QuickBooks Community on-line is right up my alley. One problem I have found in this version is that I can’t get the product to accept a royalty payment (yes, I really do collect royalties) from my publisher without  first having created an invoice to explain the income. So QuickBooks wants to identify the royalty payment as an overpayment or a credit that has to be paid back to the customer (that would be my publisher. They would really like that to happen. It’s just not going to, boys).

Now I’ll get online to the ‘Community’ and see if anyone can help me out with this…

On the whole, though, I am really happy to see this product on my computer.


About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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