Easy Steps and Straight Answers for Starting Your Own Self-Publishing Business

Self-publishing is a creative tsunami. Writers see their creative visions expand as they edit and design their books. Everything seems possible, achievable, wonderful, until they get their first W-9 and wonder what are they supposed to do with that.

Many indie authors are surprised to discover they are starting a business. They have questions about incorporation and business licenses. They wonder what to do about sales taxes. They fear hiring editors, designers, and other freelancers. Most of all, they don’t want to take time away from writing to figure it all out.

A few months ago, we approached author and self-publishing attorney Helen Sedwick about writing a guide to help authors set up their publishing businesses quickly and easily. After 30 years of practicing business law, she knew the subject. She got to work writing lists, collecting links, and creating forms.

Introducing PBIB, a toolkit written specifically for indie authors and covering everything from naming your business to releasing your inner entrepreneurial badass.

In this Complete Toolkit You Will Find...

  • 13 Easy-to-Use Worksheets and Forms

    Need a contract for an editor or designer? Looking for a permission letter to use an image? What about a spreadsheet to keep track of income and expenses? PBIC includes checklists, worksheets and sample releases, freelance contracts, and permission letters, with explanations and instructions.

  • A Comprehensive 74 Page Guide

    PBIB in laid out in an easy-to-follow sequence. It explains what to do when and where to file what, so you can avoid back-tracking. It shows you how to organize your business information to save time and money at tax time. It will help spark ideas for expanding your business empire.

  • An Experienced Advisor

    As an indie author herself, Helen translates legalese into easy-to-follow instructions. Her best-selling book, Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook, covers many topics important to authors such as copyright, privacy and defamation. Publishers Weekly called the Handbook one of the top five resource books for indie authors.


Self Publishing Business in a Box is more than a tool kit. It will help you set up your business so it stays in the box and out of the way of your creative dreams.

What this Toolkit Can Do for You...

This Kit is Made for Today's Self-Published Author

Publishing Business in a Box will walk you through the various tasks of operating a business, including:
• Deciding whether to form a corporation or limited liability company
• Developing a realistic budget or a full-blown business plan
• Choosing an imprint name, including where to search for possible conflicts
• Obtaining business identification numbers, permits and licenses
• Purchasing ISBNs
• Setting up bank, PayPal and other business accounts
• Accepting credit cards
• Keeping track of income and expenses
• Retaining business contracts and records
• Understanding tax reporting and payment obligations
• Financing through crowd-funding and other options
• Hiring freelancers
• Buying Insurance
• Growing a business beyond the book

Get 13 Step-by-step Worksheets, Forms, & Checklists

  • Worksheet 1: Your Business ID Numbers
  • Worksheet 2: Resale Certificate or Seller Info
  • Worksheet 3: PayPal Setup
  • Worksheet 4: Choosing a Company Name
  • Worksheet 5: Business Plan Vs Budget
  • Checklist: Business and Tax Calendar
  • Form: Release with Samples
  • Form: Privacy Policy with Samples
  • Form: Memoir Ghostwriting Contract with Samples
  • Form: Lyrics Use Permission with Samples
  • Form: Image User Permission with Samples
  • Form: Independent Contractor Agreement
  • Form: Publishing Contract

What You Will Receive

• A comprehensive, 74-page PDF guide that walks you through setting up your publishing business, and advice on how to best utilize your business model.

Note, the downloadable files will arrive in a .zip compressed file folder and must be unzipped/extracted before use on your device. Product renderings are examples of what the product may look like on your device, or when printed. The monitors, tablets, eReader devices, and printed versions of the materials are not included in your purchase.

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

All of our Author Tool Kits come with our 100% satisfaction guarantee so you can try it out for 30 days, risk free. If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, just contact us and we will gladly refund your money.


About Attorney Helen Sedwick

I am a business lawyer with 30 years of experience assisting clients in setting up and running their businesses, legally and successfully. My clients include entrepreneurs such as wineries, green toy makers, software engineers, and writers. I do not go to court, and no one is ever going to produce a movie about the exciting life of a business attorney. But I get a great deal of satisfaction from keeping my clients out of trouble and out of court, so they can focus on their businesses, their creative projects, and their lives.


All guides and books are delivered digitally as eBooks or PDFs.  All templates are delivered digitally as .DOC formatted files compatible with all major word-processing programs like MS Word, Pages, Open Office, Libre Office, etc.  The downloadable files will arrive in a .zip compressed file folder and must be unzipped/extracted before use on your device. Product renderings are examples of what the product may look like on your device, or when printed. The monitors, tablets, eReader devices, and printed versions of the materials are not included in your purchase.

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