I think one of the greatest adrenalin rushes a writer or would-be-writer can have relates to the sale of one’s creation. A few of my titles have sold through Smashwords and the Apple Bookstore. However, in getting notice of my sales, I was also informed that non-US based writers will only be paid through PayPal. There is also an automatic US withholding fee of 30% for aliens such as myself. Interesting that these giant companies are too arrogant to set up distributing networks in the countries of origin.
There may be an option of registering with Smashwords and other distributors in a way that avoids the with-holding fee. I have yet to explore that option.