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By Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva, Founder and CEO of Building Voices

1. CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva’s non-profit, TCD Kids Foundation was one of the finalists in the Lakers You Grant – March 2014.

2. CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva successfully launched a Kickstarter project – July 2014.

3. CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva and her non-profit, TCD Kids Foundation donated over 50 books to children in Torrance, Ca – July 2014.

4. Building Voices is steadily gaining interest from teachers, parents, authors, and fans of children’s literature. They have over 150 likes on Facebook, 120 followers on Twitter, and over 6,000 views on Google Plus – October 2014.

5. CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva’s article, “Try, Try Again” was published in the IBPA Independent Magazine – October 2014.

6. Building Voices published their first title, Broccoli Chronicles – November 2014.

7. Building Voices released the ebook for Broccoli Chronicles – December 2014.

8. CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva and her non-profit, TCD Kids Foundation donated over 20 books to children at the military Christmas party in Torrance, Ca – December 2014.

9. Building Voices published their first coloring book, Little Kids, Big Voices Coloring Book #1 – December 2014.

10. Building Voices published their first journal, Little Kids, Big Voices Interactive Journal – January 2015.

11. CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva and over 30 children’s authors attended a book signing event at Encino Charter Elementary – February 2015.

12. Broccoli Chronicles was one of the finalists in the Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards – March 2015.

13. CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva takes picture with award winning author, writing mentor, and UCLA Writers’ Program professor, Lynn Hightower at the Santa Monica Barnes and Noble – March 2015.

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.


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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