Are you a writer considering the self­ publishing route? Then you need the SELF-PUBLISHING BUSINESS CHECKLIST.

Before you start publishing books and earning royalties, you may want to consider forming an official business that meets all federal, state and local regulations.

This checklist is not a substitute for professional and competent advice from a business attorney or certified public accountant authorized to practice law in your jurisdiction. We provide references and resources as a convenience for you, but do not imply an approval, endorsement, sponsorship or relationship.

That being said, here’s advice from a competent business attorney: “If you are serious about building your self­ publishing business and protecting your rights, then you want to control all components of your work: the copyright, ISBNs, retail pricing, discount rate, distribution channels, and promotions,” says Helen Sedgwick, author of “Self Publisher’s Legal Handbook: The Step­ by ­Step Guide to the Legal Issues of Self ­Publishing.” Sedgwick is a business lawyer with 30 years experience, and a self ­published author.

Now that you’re an entrepreneur, you may be concerned––and a bit confused––about the need to incorporate as a business.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!