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Sales Tax Basics for Writers

If you will be selling books either in person or through your website, then the law says you are to collect and pay sales tax, unless you’re lucky enough to live in a state without sales tax. And calculating sales… Read the rest

Business Set-Up For Indie Authors Now Available

Yesterday, I did a live webinar with Joel Friedlander on how to set-up your self-publishing business. including information about business names and taxes. You can view it here.  Why Authors Who Want to Self-Publish Need a Business Hat For more… Read the rest

How to Hire an Attorney

Sooner or later, you may need an attorney. Perhaps your publishing business is expanding to the point where you are considering incorporating and bringing in investors. Maybe your collaboration agreement needs a legal touch. Or, the worst has happened and… Read the rest

Publishing a Book to Promote Your Expertise and Business

Want to be the author in authority? Want to create an instant credential? Want to be seen as the go-to person in your field? Then consider writing and self-publishing a book. Not just any book, but a book that shows… Read the rest

Think Like a Publisher (and Release Your Inner Badass)

I see this all too often. A writer wants to self-publish without being a publisher. She hands off her manuscript to a company like AuthorHouse, IUniverse or WestBow Press without doing any homework. She doesn’t even research the company’s… Read the rest

How Many ISBNs Does One Writer Need?

More than you realize. An ISBN, short for International Standard Book Number, is a unique identifier for a particular version of a book in a specific format. You will need one for each edition of your book, each format, and… Read the rest

Five Contract Terms Every Writer Should Know

Your words are your creation, your identity, and your currency, and scam artists will try to steal them from you. They’ll hand you a contract and claim “it’s standard. Everyone signs it.” Don’t believe them. Every contract is negotiable, especially… Read the rest

Crowdfunding For Writers — Handle With Care

By Tax Credit on Flickr Producing a well-edited, professionally designed book takes money.  If you don’t have spare change lying around, how do you finance the upfront costs? Many writers are using crowdfunding to raise money for editors and designers… Read the rest

Sell Your Book, Not Your Identity

How exciting! You are about to receive your first royalty check from your local bookstore, CreateSpace, Amazon, Smashwords, IBookstore, anyone. And they ask you for your Social Security Number or SSN. Do you really want to give your SSN away… Read the rest

How to Claim Your Imprint Name

File a Fictitious Business Name Statement. Once you have decided on your imprint name, file a Fictitious Business Name Statement (FBN Statement) with the county where your business will be located. Some people will call this a DBA (doing business… Read the rest

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