TOP TEN STEPS

1. Create a business name. Search online to make sure that no one else is using that name.  If it’s available, then purchase the domain name right away.

2. Register your name as a DBA at the local county clerk’s office.  Then contact either Legal Zoom or Legal Filings to form a Legal Liability Company (LLC).

3. For around $325, you can trademark your name which will protect others from using it.  For more information, visit http://www.uspto.gov/.

4. Purchase a set of ISBN’s and register your indie publishing company through Bowker.

5. Open a business account through your local bank.  It’s better to get a checking account so that you can write checks for various services.

6. Apply for a business license, wholesale license and seller’s permit through your local city.

7. Contact the IRS to receive an EIN for the purpose of filing taxes.  For more information, visit http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-%26-Self-Employed/Apply-for-an-Employer-Identification-Number-%28EIN%29-Online.

8. Create a professional and informative website that includes your contact information, about us, mission statement and more.

9. Find a printing company and distributor that will print and distribute your book to Amazon.com, BN.com and various indie bookstores.  Lightning Source, IngramSpark and CreateSpace are the most popular companies that self-publishers and indie presses turn to.

10. Go to Bowker Identifiers to upload pertinent information about your company and your book.

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About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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