The Authors Guild Guide to Self-Publishing

Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Own Publishing Business

When you self-publish, you are essentially setting up a very small press, which raises all kinds of business questions. Should you establish a formal publishing company? What about purchasing your own ISBNs? We’ll discuss how authors can exhibit a level of professionalism in their efforts, and what’s involved in ISBN registration, copyright registration, and Library of Congress registration. Finally, we’ll look at what it takes for an independent author to acquire a full-service distributor for their print editions, and what distributors are most friendly to small presses run by authors.


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Are ISBNs important?

Once your book has an ISBN, it can be easily searched and referenced in nearly every book retailer, distributor, and database system.

Interested in the Library Market?

Tips and services to help librarians find your self-published titles.

Which book distributor is best for your self-published title?

Valuable tips on Perseus Distribution, Ingram Distribution, Independent Publishers Group (IPG), Small Press United, SPD, Itasca Books, and more.

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