[HNW] 15997 Sibmacher
fran at lavoltapress.com
Thu Aug 30 11:22:14 PDT 2007
Allison263 at aol.com wrote:
> Definitely don't drop this! It sounds like a lot of work, but in the end
> it's not that much. I have my own business (I'm a freelance writer,
> editor, and consultant) and I didn't have to go through any of the steps
> talked about here.
At least locally, the rules are different for registering a business for
manufacturing and selling merchandise, and for freelance work/consulting
are different. I also was a freelance writer and editor, and writing off
expenses on my taxes, before I had to register a business name for my
> I'm somewhat mystified at this discussion, because it's not been my
> experience that an author needs to do all this. With the small print run
> you're considering, it seems to me that it would be OK to make good
> copies and then sell them to vendors who would then sell them to the
And do you know for sure whether these entities have registered their
businesses, and whether they are doing the proper things in regard to
their sales and income taxes? Their being in the SCA doesn't mean
anything to the government.
Anyway, I think you are correct: I was mistaken giving advice in this
conversation. I'm career writer, editor, and publisher; I worked for
other book and magazine publishers for ten years before starting my own
business. And when discussing publishing projects now, I'm used to
being around other professional writers, editors, and publishers.
In the past ten years or so, new technology has spawned a huge increase
in micropublishing. I'm used to being around first-time, one-book
publishers who are agonizing over the technical requirements for
preparing their print jobs for a real printer (not a copy shop), over
how to prepare bound galleys for the best shot at reviews in _Publishers
Weekly_ et al, over how to get onto talk shows and what to say there,
over how to get into chain bookstores, and so forth.
And, a fair number of micropublishers are achieving one or more of the
above. My business really got its boost with the first edition of my
first book, which was stocked by the Barnes & Noble chain; which in turn
got me, as a publisher of all my books, into the US's leading
wholesaler; where I've maintained a sales level that's enabled me to
stay there. When B & T was stocking that book, I was sending out
shipments a hundred copies at a time and going "Wow."
So to be honest, hobby publishing isn't something I relate to. I figure
that you either do your personal best, or you don't publish at all.
Obviously, some other people's mileage varies; and if you don't really
care about the quality, distribution, or profits of what you produce,
then yes, professional advice is unnecessary.
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