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

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

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, 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. USA, LLC


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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