How to Start a Book Publishing Company


“How do I start a publishing company?”

This is a common question that runs through the minds of most authors at some point in their writing career.

Starting your own book publishing company is an important step if you’re serious about your author business, want to sell other people's books, or you just want to protect yourself and your assets.

For many people, establishing your company can be confusing, tedious, and downright painful.

Thankfully, this step-by-step guide and some awesome online services will help you determine if you should start a publishing company and the steps for how to do it stress-free.

Before I dive too deep into this process, I must make 2 disclaimers:

  1. Although I have a lot of experience in setting up LLCs, including my own book publishing company, I am by no means a lawyer or CPA and cannot speak on their behalf. If you have any questions, it is best to seek the legal advice of a professional before moving on. You can also listen to my podcast interview with a lawyer below.
  2. Some of the paperwork/legal steps listed in this article are pertinent to the US only. Each country will have their own laws for setting up such things, but many of the steps and recommendations below will be pertinent in your own startup.

And with that said, let's begin!The exact process for anyone looking to setup a LLC for their Kindle publishing

Why you should start a publishing company

Before we jump into the process of setting up a publishing company, let's first look at why someone should do it.

With today’s publishing platforms, you don’t have to start a publishing business in order to publish your own work or even others. But doing so has many advantages, including:

  • Conveys professionalism and expertise
  • Protects yourself, your work, and your personal assets in case of a lawsuit
  • Management of your intellectual property
  • Continuity of business
  • Allowing for certain tax write-offs
  • Maintain control over your work
  • Access to more than one Amazon KDP account (and still within Amazon's TOS)
  • Shifts your mindset from a hobby writer to a business owner
  • Fulfills your dream of being The Boss/CEO/Founder of your own publishing company
  • Legal entity to properly contract co-writing and licensing
  • Future opportunities to publish books by other authors

As you can see, there are many benefits to starting a book publishing company. Next, we’ll go into a little more detail on some of those advantages that probably needs a bit more explaining. This will help you clarify exactly why this is the right time for you to start your publishing business.

Benefits of Starting a Publishing Business

Protect Yourself

Although it’s rare, lawsuits can happen. Just ask me about my own experience getting sued, jeesh…(PS: it was a false claim from a competitor just looking to knock my book off the market…what a jerk!)

If you don’t have a company, and your book, product or service gets sued, then your personal finances and public record will be at major risk.

Starting a company gives you legal protection and helps to distinguish between the business’s finances and your own personal finances. The courts, or collection agencies, could not come after you and could only come after your company’s assets.

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Tax Breaks, Write Offs, and Wealth Building

No matter which business structure you decide to use and for whatever type of business you start (even an online business), having your own book publishing company can allow you to write off certain business expenses, which can save you loads of money at tax time depending on your tax system.

For example, the business just paid for me to attend the Business of Software Conference this October.  And that large ticket price… paid for by Ebookpreneur, LLC was tax-deductible…which is nice.

At higher revenue levels a corporate structure with the proper tax allotment can deliver better tax treatment. More importantly Joe Solari shared that the company becomes a tool to use for wealth building and retirement planning.

Starting your own business also helps you differentiate between your personal income and the business income. This makes things much easier when it comes time to file your taxes and with the new tax laws, it can deliver a lower tax bill.

Double the Number of KDP Accounts

There is not time better than now to start your publishing company

Another added benefit to starting a publishing company is that you’ll be able to start another Amazon KDP account.

Amazon's Terms Of Service (TOS) state that you can only have one KDP account.

However, the cool part of owning your own publishing company is that your company would have its own EIN and bank account, which allows it to open its own KDP account and is therefore within the TOS of Amazon. So now you can have two, and the second one is a publishing account, which comes with added benefits of increased authors pages through author central, and therefore the use of more pen names.

Co-Writing and Licensing

While many authors are happy to just publish their own books, you may come across an opportunity to either co-write with another author, or potentially publish another author's book for them. Having a publishing company is the preferred method of contracting with others so as to have a legal binding with legitimate operating agreements. Having a publishing business becomes the platform for licensing and contracting future opportunities.

Keep this in mind later when we discuss naming your company.

Podcast Interview I had with My Lawyer on Publishing Business Structure:

Related Podcast Episode – Interview with an Experienced Lawyer about starting a Publishing Company

When should you start your publishing company?

I'll be real with you…not everyone should do this.If you're just starting off, or still see this as a side gig or a hobby, then don't add the extra steps to your already busy schedule and instead focus on your book writing and your marketing.

So, if you meet any of the below requirements, then I'd recommend that you create a publishing company, otherwise don't:

  • You make more than $2,000 a month in book sales
  • You write in technical areas or health areas that could put you at risk of legal actions
  • You want to publish other people's books
  • You're selling more than just books, such as courses, physical products, etc.
  • You're an American, but you live outside of the US and want a base of operations
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How to Start a Book Publishing Company

Okay, so if you've decided that this is something you want to do, then here's the step-by-step process of creating your own company.

Step 1. Decide on a Business Structure

Before you can start creating your own ebook or book company, you need to choose which type of business structure you would like to create.

There are many different types of businesses like S-Corporations, Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Limited Liability Companies and more.  Each one has its own pros and cons.

Most self-publishers end up creating a Sole Proprietorship or an LLC. Here’s a great article that discusses in more depth the difference between a Sole Proprietorship and LLC.

But in the end, I believe that the Limited Liability Company (LLC) is the best one for publishers.

Solari suggests “The LLC is a far more flexible structure in how ownership and profit distribution is organized. The controlling document is called an operating agreement and you can write up the agreement pretty much however you like, creating rules for how money goes in and out of the business. You can also create rules for successor members, should something happen to you. A corporation is far more rigid in its rules of operation than an LLC. There are stock holders, board of directors, officers, and the company bylaws regulate all of the operations. Now you can own and operate a corporation and do all the jobs it just has more formalities.”

An LLC has another benefit in that it allows you to tax it as a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, or S-Corporation.  Basically, it is the best of all worlds and fits nicely in the self-publishing business structure.

Don’t believe me? Check out the bottom of many of your favorite authority authors or bloggers and you will see those magical LLC letters.
List of famous publishing authors who have setup their own publishing companyBut, before you make a decision on which is best for you, do some extra research on each.

To find out more about each type, you can check out the IRS’s page on business structure — okay, that made me feel a little dirty referring people to the IRS…haha.

What’s this S Corp I keep hearing about and should I set one of those up?

Let’s be very clear, a corporation and a limited liability company (LLC) are charters issued by state governments and may have state income tax implications. Sub-chapter S or an S Corp election is paperwork you file with the IRS for special tax treatment of a Corporation or an LLC. Joe suggests that authors elect to have the LLC treated like an S Corporation.  This becomes part of a broader tax optimization strategy and wealth creation. Don’t lose sight that a business charter and tax election are tools to protect and preserve the wealth you create from your writing. The takeaway is that S corp election would be something you do after you charter your company.

Step 2. Pick A Business Name

Think good and hard about this one. You might consider somehow using your name or your genre, like “Chesson Publications” or “Space Pants Press.”

Although the name of your publishing business doesn’t need to reflect the name of your actual business, it can cause problems if they aren’t the same.

There are 3 things you need to consider before choosing your name:

  1. Make sure it’s not trademarked
  2. Do NOT use the words “corporation” or “inc.” unless you set up your business as a corporation
  3. Check that the name is not already taken in your state if you’re in the U.S.

It is a good idea to have backup names ready just in case yours is taken.

The good news is that the name availability is state specific, meaning that even though a company may have “Intergalactic Press” registered in New York, if it hasn’t been registered in the state you are filling with, then it is available.

How do you check if your company name is taken?

Go to your respective state’s name search.  To do this, type into Google: “Secretary of State business name search (Name of the selected state)”
Starting a Publishing Business in Wyoming

From there, you should be able to find the respective website, and start hunting to see if your potential business name is available.

Step 3. Choose A Location

In setting up the business, you're going to need to choose the State you set up the business in, and the actually place of business.  Both are explained below:

The State of the Business

States issue articles of organization for LLCs (articles of incorporation in the case of a corporation), so the first step in location selection is the state of organization.

Now, for those of you thrifty business people who are looking for tax breaks or lower annual registration costs, you may have heard about incorporating in states like Wyoming and Nevada.

A word of caution: The state where you reside and likely do most of your work expects to be paid income tax. If you live and work in California, setting up an LLC in Nevada doesn’t get you out of paying income tax in California. In fact, doing an out-of-state charter can cost you more money as most states need you to register “foreign entities” to legally do business in the state. In the case of California, for that Nevada business to operate in California legally it has to be registered, and that costs just as much as filing for a “domestic” charter.  However, not all states are as money grubbing as California…so this is really state specific.  I personally live in Tennessee, but have my company registered in Wyoming.  But this wouldn't have been the case when I lived in California – tax wise, I'm lucky I'm not still there.

Remember the main purpose of setting up the company is to have the legal separation and protections it affords. Don’t blow that by not having the appropriate registrations in the state you actually do business (live) in.

Make sure you do your research before making such a big decision.

Place of Business

When setting up an LLC, many self-publishers will make their home their place of business since they need a physical place for their company.  However, this can be a mistake or cause problems.

Understand that the address of your business has to be a physical location where legal documents can be served. This means your information will be public. In some states, while the owner’s name will be confidential, there has to be a registered agent that is on public record. You can be your own registered agent in most states but your name will be on public record along with your address.

Because of this, if you selected your home of residences as the place of business, this will make your personal information accessible and can infringe on your personal life.

So, what can you do instead?

Rent a Physical Location: I don't think I need to explain that this option is very costly and isn’t really a viable option for most of us.

Get a UPS Mailbox: It’s important that you get a UPS mailbox because most states do not allow you to put a P.O. Box number on the application. Luckily, UPS gives you a mailbox number that looks like a regular address. By choosing this option, you will need to show up in person to set up your mailbox. That means the state in which you decide to set up your LLC will be completely dependent on your ability to physically get there. But once you set up your mailbox, you can also have them forward your mail to your real address so that you don't have to actually go there to get your stuff.

Use A Registered Agent: Just about every state has registered agents that will act as your office for you.  There is a fee associated with this and usually includes setting up your LLC as part of the service. This will eliminate your name as the registered agent being a public record.

Set up a Virtual Office: Virtual Offices are my favorite option. These are professional offices that give you a specific mailing address, collect your mail, forward it to you, and can also be your Registered Agent (extra level of personal protection). Furthermore, most virtual offices will give you a 1-800 number and will record and send your voicemail to you electronically. This option is great for those of you who travel or if you reside in a state that has awful business taxes. Furthermore, you don't have to go there to set it up. You can do it from your home in a different state, or from a different country–like Sri Lanka as I did 😉

Step 4. Register Your Business

Now it’s time to officially set up your own publishing company.

At this point you have two major options:

  1. Do all the required registration and paperwork yourself. Each state has different requirements, so I can’t walk you through those specific steps, but you can certainly research and do all the required paperwork yourself.
  2. Or keep it simple and use the service I used, My Company Works to get your publishing company started fast and make sure it’s done right.

What if I Need Confidentiality?

Some authors that write in particular genres want to keep their identity confidential. Not just writing under a pen name but adding an additional layers of protection being an LLC. Certain states like Wyoming keep member information confidential. Only the registered agent is public so you could set up a company there and use a registered agent. However, what if you live and work in Illinois? You could create a company in Wyoming that you own and then have that company be the single member of an Illinois LLC with a registered agent in Illinois. This situation would create two corporate layers and hide the identity of ownership for the general public, keep in mind this would carry the costs of setting up two LLCs and the fees for two registered agents.  The point is, no matter what state you're living in, there are ways to keep your name confidential.

I personally selected an LLC, chose my virtual office in Wyoming, and even designated them to sign corporate documents for me (added privacy).

You can see how I did it in under 10 minutes in the video below (PS: At the time of this video, the company was called My New Company).

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And just like that, you could be a President/Owner/Founder of your very own publishing company.

Pretty cool, huh?  And I bet that was a lot easier than you thought it would be.

What should this all cost?

Costs vary state to state but, generally speaking, the lowest fees are $50  and the highest is $800. There are usually annual fees due each year. If you plan to use a registered agent, then expect additional fees for those services. Most authors see somewhere from $200-$500 a year in fees.

Step 5: Actions to Being a Legitimate Business

Okay, so now that you've become an official business in the eyes of the government, it's time to take certain actions to ensure you're a legitimate business.  There are certain things you need to do so as to get the most out of your Publishing Company and ensure its legitimacy.

Set up a Business Bank Account: In order to keep your personal income and the business separate, you NEED to have a business bank account.  Separation of funds is incredibly important.

Obtain Your EIN and Update Accounts: Upon becoming a business, you'll get an EIN (it's like a Social Security number for businesses).  Now that you have this, you'll need to ensure all you documentation for any accounts that you've set up in the past.

Create a Publisher's KDP Account on Amazon:  If you've published your books before on your own personal account, and you want them to be in the business' account, then you need to do one of two things: either change your personal account to the business' by changing the necessary information in your settings to reflect the business (address, EIN, etc) or to make another one and move your books to it.  As per Amazon's TOS, you're not allowed to have two accounts – but don't worry because though this, you have an account, and your business has an account.

Schedule an Annual Business Meeting and Take Minutes: If you're a LLC or Corporation, you need to have one annual business meeting a year and ensure you document it and place it as your minutes.  Without this, your legitimacy as a company wanes.  My wife and I will schedule a dinner once a year, on the company's dime, and have a business meeting.

Find Authors to Publish: You're now a full publishing company.  With your business set up, it's time to look for authors out there to help publish their works and split royalty.  But how do you split royalty legitimately and keep them up to date on how much they made?  Well, that's what the next section is for.

Step 6: How to Payout Royalties to Your Authors

If your newly minted publishing company is going to manage co-authored projects, you'll have an extra challenge ahead of you. Calculating royalties and dividends owed can be a hassle–especially if those need to be split in anyway. However the good folks over at PublishDrive have created a solution for that exact situation.

It's called PublishDrive Abacus, and it's a pretty revolutionary program in the publishing world.

Kinga Jentetics and her team designed PublishDrive Abacus with three major goals in mind.

  • Calculate royalties between co-authors
  • Provide each contributor with detailed reports
  • And streamline the entire accounting process

Now this program is geared entirely towards publishing groups that publish on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. And it's super easy to use and get started!

This looks like its going to become a real powerful force when it comes to publishing. Some of their features include:

  • Ease of Royalty Division
  • Streamlined Way for Data Sharing between Contributors
  • Manage Contract Expirations
  • Import ACX
  • Provide a Chat Function between Contributors and Publisher
  • And much more!

So if you're looking to manage co-authored works, you absolutely need to check out PublishDrive Abacus.

Check Out PublishDrive Here! 

Extra Resources For Setting Up A Publishing Company

Jumping into setting up an LLC, Corporation, or Sole Proprietorship can appear monumental, and if you're like me, then you probably like to do your research. Before I jumped into setting up my LLC’s I did a bunch of research. Now there are websites like that focus specifically on helping authors set up their businesses.
The following two courses/memberships were created and are run by Joe Solari.  They offer two solutions to help authors set up and organize their publishing companies.

Sole Proprietor Simplified – $99 lifetime membership

Designed for authors earning less than $11,000 a year from book sales and addresses the specific issues with managing revenue, expenses and tax liabilities for an author just starting.

Four Modules: Basics – Set up – Operations -Taxes

  • For authors looking to get help with organizing your business as a sole proprietor
  • Systems for planning and managing cash flow
  • How to guide and worksheets to track expenses that align with your schedule C
  • Tax and expense strategies
  • Access to a CPA to ask questions and get guidance
  • Closed Facebook Group
  • Email and chat support

This is designed to help authors to get comfortable with business practices to get the most out of their business and scale up faster.

Check It Out!

BizOps Bootcamp – $449 lifetime Membership

Designed for authors ready to incorporate their publishing business. Provides guidance on setting up your LLC, S-Corp election and business operations.

Nine Modules: The first three focus on getting your LLC set up. The other six on organizing your business to maximize profits and writing time.

  • Step by step guidance on LLC organization in all 50 states
  • EIN and S Corp election directions
  • Account creation
  • Filing system
  • Business planning and tracking tools
  • Tax and Expense strategies to achieve your personal goals
  • Closed FB Group
  • 1:1 help during first four weeks to get your company set up right for your situation.

This has been designed to help authors make the right choice on their LLC creation and set their company up for success.

Check It Out!

Get a Publishing Company Master's Degree

If you're looking to create a legitimate company that is publishing countless amounts of books and want to take yours to the next level, then perhaps the most formal education on the topic is right for you.

Western Colorado University is offering a full-fledged Publishing MA program, one of the only such programs to embrace indie publishing.”   It is a one year program from July to July and only requires you to spend two weeks in gorgeous Colorado mounts for two weeks, while the rest of the course is taught online.  It is equally balanced between traditional publishing and indie.  One of the projects is that students will develop the concept for an anthology (which pays pro rates), solicit submissions, read the slush pile and choose the stories, issue contracts, edit the pieces, design and produce the book and cover, publish the book and market it.  Basically, the entire shebang!  As the final project, they will select a public-domain classic, acquire the text, and work through every stage of producing and releasing the book through a mid-sized publisher (WordFire Press), which will list their name on the copyright page.

Western Colorado publishing MA program

The best part is the program is run by the award winning and legendary science fiction author, Kevin J. Anderson, who personally teaches all the courses.  Kevin has 56 national or international bestsellers and 23 million copies in print in 30 languages.  Some of his most notable books are the Seven Sun Series, his words on Dune (after Frank Herbert passed away), Star Wars, and more.  His publishing company, WordFire Press, has released nearly 350 titles from 95 authors in ebook, trade paperback, hardcover, and audio.

You can learn more about the program here. Just a heads up though… If you are interested in taking this program, you're gonna need to act fast. The program fills up super fast, so don't delay!

Need More Information about Starting a Company?

I'm a big fan of learning more and ensuring I've got a handle on something before I get going. Here are a few articles I found useful when I was doing my original searches:

So, What Are You Waiting For?

Thanks to services on the Internet, it is easier than ever to set up your own Book Publishing LLC or Corporation.

Although there are added annual costs to making your business an official business, the benefits of starting your very own publishing company will quickly outweigh this. Better taxes, increased personal security, and more publishing capabilities were all reasons why I started 3 different LLCs to support my entrepreneurial habits.

Now that you know how to start your very own publishing company, get started and become a book publisher today.

If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to ask me. But please remember that I am not a lawyer….just an experienced entrepreneur.





  1. James on October 17, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Dave,
    Great article, I didn’t put much thought to creating a entity for my books, I am very new at publishing, but it is a finance book so protecting myself is probably wise?
    I’m curious, I have one book (one of two) ready to launch on amazon, if I were to create lets say a LLC,
    I would wait til I can open another amazon account (not releasing it on my own amazon account), and editing the copyright and disclaimer parts of the book to show the publishing company info (that I created)?
    Thanks for all you do!

    • Dave Chesson on October 20, 2020 at 1:12 am

      That depends on how careful you want to be. You could enter in the front matter your copyright under the LLC that is going to be and switch your account information to the LLC’s later. Or you can wait.

  2. Dana on October 1, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Hi Dave,

    Do you have a video on how to price your book?

    Thank would be most helpful.

    • Dave Chesson on October 3, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      Not yet, no.

  3. Andrea on September 30, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    I have an LLC established and I have several brands aka imprints in publisher speak that do not match the name of the LLC. These brands/imprints are trademarked (state) to myself. Can my books be published by and copyrighted to the brand/imprint (rather than the LLC)? Thanks for the guidance!

  4. Sandra on July 6, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for this. Very helpful. Question. Does the copyright stay in author (who would be the LLC owner’s name) Or is the copyright in the LLC name. And if LLC name what about books that already have the author’s copyright?

    • Dave Chesson on July 6, 2020 at 7:54 pm

      Depends on the ‘contract’ you make with the author (I know its you, but that is key on how to think about this). Is the book the right of the LLC or the author?

  5. Tamsin Grainger on April 30, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Really helpful, thank you, but what’s with all the abbreviations? Perhaps spell them out for first time you use them and thereafter use the acronym?

    • Dave Chesson on May 2, 2020 at 11:50 am

      I’ll recheck but I thought I had done such a thing.

    • Charles Morris on July 14, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      This was really helpful, thank you. I am doing the paperwork now for my LLC. Questions: I self-published 11 books in my first year as a writer and my plan is to do 10 books a year. Do I pull those books out of Amazon, place my own ISBN, and Publishing Company LOGO on them? And if so, do I need to change the cover or any internal content to republish through my company? The last question, since I am using my own company LLC and my own ISBN, can I still use Amazon as my print-on-demand choice? I understand that Instagram has a large learning curve. Thank you. Your information is amazing.

      • Dave Chesson on July 15, 2020 at 2:38 pm

        In truth, I wouldn’t do that because it could disrupt your current sales or momentum and is a lot of work. The only thing you really need to do (this is not legal or prof advice – just my CYA) is mark in the LLC agreement at the LLC owns those books/properties. That way it is clear in your LLC bylaws/agreement that that book is the property of the LLC.

        But if you think that the effort to make all those changes will help in your book’s sales or its legitimacy in the market, then go for it.

  6. Bob on April 30, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks so much for all of the great information you provide. I was hoping I could get your advice. I have my own publishing company which is a Sole Proprietorship. I only publish my own books under that name. I have my ISBN’s through MyIdentifiers (about 100 of them.) Recently, I started a new imprint and am publishing horror anthologies, which has really taken off. I have brought another author/designer in with me to be co-editor, cover designer, etc. We now want to create an LLC, however everything is mixed together. Both publishing imprints are coming from the same ISBN account, both sets of books are published through my personal KDP account, etc. I want to be able to run this new imprint with him and set up profit sharing, but I am not sure how to separate out ISBNs, KDP accounts, etc. I read your advice to set up a second KDP account under the LLC name, but I’m afraid Amazon won’t let me move certain books over without causing issues. Another consideration is I want my personal publishing imprint to be protected by an LLC too, but I don’t want two LLC’s and I don’t want to share the profit of my personal books. Do you know if there is a way to set up the LLC to cover both publisher names, but only share in the profits of one of the imprints? Do you have any other advice for me that might help separate or organize things? I appreciate it!

    • Dave Chesson on May 2, 2020 at 11:54 am

      The quick and easy is that you can put both into one Amazon account, and sign an agreement with the author that they get royalty only to the one book in the account.

  7. JustVee on April 30, 2020 at 8:37 am

    This was a great article…I have a few questions…when starting your own publishing company will I be responsible for printing the actual books? I am beginning the process of this, but am still a little hazy on the ins and outs. If I use a printing company wouldn’t their name be on it and not my company name? Does the information you supplied only apply to Kindle (ebooks) or does it transfer to paper as well?
    If I contract most of the services out, would that also be the actual printing of the books as well? If so, how does that work?

  8. Ladi-Smooth Hall on February 7, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Question: When starting a publishing company and publishing book for other authors to platforms such as amazon, bn, bam and so on. Do I have to have an account for each of those sources or is there a way to have one account that is connected to all of them?

    • Dave Chesson on February 8, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Nope. But you’ll need to figure out the appropriate commission you need to pay them…those accounts won’t pay you and that person. Just one.

  9. Effrosyni Moschoudi on January 12, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Thank you Dave, a very useful article! This issue is always in the back of my mind, as I aspire to have my own business some day. And I hadn’t thought of the risk of losing personal assets when writing about health. Shock-horror, thanks, Dave! I have plans to write health-related non fiction longterm (among other things), so will make sure to leave that for after my business is established. If any Greek authors are listening, the most favorable countries to open a business seem to be Romania and Cyprus from what Google tells me. I recommend to all international authors to google the best countries to open a business, depending on their own country of residence. Blog posts, local ads, and newspaper articles will show them the best option in no time.

    • Dave Chesson on January 12, 2018 at 11:49 pm

      I know what you mean, and that’s great info about the different countries!

  10. Amy Ireland King on December 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    If you’ve published under your own name on Amazon Digital Services, can you then change it later on to your own publishing company?

  11. Amy Ireland King on December 22, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Hi Dave – rookie question here! I want to just publish my book and see how it goes, but if it’s successful enough then I’d think about this later. If I do that, can I easily transfer my book from Amazon Digital Services to my own publishing company without having to release a new edition? Thanks.

    • Dave Chesson on December 24, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      I think that is a good plan. I’d do that. And once you’re ready, you can setup your LLC, and either change your KDP account info with the LLC info, or setup a LLC specific KDP account and transfer your books to it. That way, you’ll have two accounts – which is a nice security blanket.

      • Amy Ireland King on December 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm

        That’s great, thank you – and you wouldn’t lose the reviews on your books by transferring them?

        • Dave Chesson on December 26, 2017 at 3:25 am

          If you do, then just contact Amazon and tell them that your book is the same book. Make sure to have the original ASIN so that you can inform them.

  12. Martin James La Grange on December 22, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Hello Dave,

    Thank you for the article – for my Australian friends (as I am living in New Zealand, so nearly the same situation), here’s the process I followed, which is nearly identical to Dave’s process (for which HUGE appreciation !)

    1) Setup company email address for correspondence.
    2) Setup a company in the NZ Companies office – net cost $55 per annum. New Zealand companies have an easy checkbox to select if the entity is an LLC – fast and easy, job done ! No more than a declaration, no fees charged.
    3) Setup an Inland Revenue Department (IRD) Tax number, and GST Number – Gratis, and no costs per annum (but you have to file tax returns electronically, not a big deal, just put into the calendar )
    4) For bank account, the company can (initially) make use of one of your own bank acct’s, and later open one of its own with proceeds with your bank – but in many cases, banks are happy to let you open a business account gratis. Mine did (its ASB = Commonwealth Bank in Australia), though talk to your bank manager / consultant helpdesk.
    5) These days, Amazon and the IRS together with IRD in NZ and Australia work pretty well together, and the Tax treaties (as of 2017) allow all proceeds to make their way to the country of origin (NZ, Australia) before the Revenue Department makes a deduction. In NZ, My LLC Company just pays the max tax (38% rate) as provisional tax, and then make a claim at the end of the year.

    So, all in all, for the NZ and Australian citizen, the setup of Company, Revenue, and Bank account is almost painless. Tax payments are too, as they are almost totally electronically controlled. Effort minimal, output maximal.

    Within a short time, my first book of very high performance paper aircraft (and no, they are not folded – they are assembled in the style of White Wings and Paper Pilot) is too be published within this setup – looking forward to the experience. The aircraft fly 30+ meters on a hand launch, and over 100+ meters on a catapult launch, and even more when bungee launched.

    Dave has been the inspiration to get this process underway. Big thanks all round.

  13. Greg Reed on December 20, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I’m an Aussie. Can I do this in US? Do I have to be a resident?

    • Dave Chesson on December 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Greg, great question. I don’t know for sure. But when I have my next meeting with my business lawyer, I’ll ask him that and report back.

      • Polleo on December 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

        Hi Dave, I am in the same boat, an Aussie, would love to know what we have to do.

        I have another question. I have been publishing for about a year under a personal account and a pen name. If I managed to convert that into an LLC what happens to all the books out there sold and circulating under the pen name, am I still liable for those? How does all that work? Thanks Polleo

        • Dave Chesson on December 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

          Once you’ve set up a LLC, if you change your KDP account to reflect your business’ information, then those books are now regarded as property of the business and you should be fine. However, if you leave them in a personal KDP account, then yes. So, when I first started, it was all under my personal account and using my personal info on KDP. But when I had setup my LLC, I then changed my KDP account information to be my LLC’s. I removed my social security number, and put int he LLC’s EIN number, address, etc.

          • Polleo on December 20, 2017 at 6:45 pm

            Thanks Dave. I guess my question is what about all the books that are in circulation, for example people re-selling the older books like they would on Amazon or elsewhere. There are say thousands of copies out there under the pen name still, what about those?

            Do you have to delete the personal account then if you manage to transfer all the books to your company account. Thanks again

          • Dave Chesson on December 20, 2017 at 9:32 pm

            This is a question best for a lawyer, but with that said, here’s my unprofessional take on it: When I transferred my personal books to my LLC, I did a couple of things – updated the book market account info to be the LLCs, and also made note in my LLC binder that those particular books are assets of the LLC. So, if someone contacts Amazon about my book, even if it was bought while under personal info, Amazon checks their records and goes to your LLC or gives their lawyer your LLC’s info. Then that lawyer works with the LLC and takes the LLC to court. (PS: This is out of experience – not speculation) 😉

          • Polleo on December 21, 2017 at 2:28 am

            Thank you again. This is now on the top of my priority list to sort out next year. When you say ‘book market account info’ what exactly do you mean. I have been on the phone to both KDP and CreateSpace already and KDP wants me to create a new account and transfer the books, whereas CS is happy to just update the tax details. I will have to update the copyright sections in the books though.

            Dave – is there an e-mail that you could possibly be contacted on for some more questions. Just after general advice based on your experience before I start to set the wheels in motion.

            Thank you again

          • Dave Chesson on December 21, 2017 at 11:44 am

            I just changed my information on KDP. So, not sure about them then.

            People on my email list just hit reply when they have a question. You could do that.

  14. Ash on December 8, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Hi Dave, i currently reside in a country where i have to pay 30% withholding.

    1.May i know if this will be reduced by setting up a US company? A bit worried about having to manage all the administrative matters pertaining to a US company since i don’t reside there.

    2.Also what are the tax rates for royalties? Isn’t the tax rate for corporations like 30%+ as well?

    thank you..

  15. Sandra on November 11, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Ok, so I started my publishing LLC in California. I’m ready to publish. I’m looking for editing services from CreateSpace, but how do I officially publish it under my LLC?

    • Dave Chesson on November 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      When you go to submit your book to CreateSpace or KDP, make sure you use an account that has all of your LLC’s information. So, when I signed up for both, I use my LLC”s information, Ebookpreneur LLC to fill in the blocks like address, business bank account, EIN number, etc. Then that way, your business is getting the check and will report the taxes. It doesn’t matter what book you put in under that account, it will all fall under your business.

      • Dave Chesson on November 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm

        If you already have a personal account setup, you can always just change the information in hte settings. Or start a new one – and because you have a different EIN, it is okay that you end up having two accounts. So, you’re still kosher with Amazon.

        • Sandra on November 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm

          Thank you so much! Didn’t know it was that easy. Thought publishers did way more than list the book online. Is there anything else that should be done legally or otherwise?

  16. Jonathan on September 17, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Hi Dave!
    Thanks for a very helpful article. I now have my own LLC up and running, and I want to use this to publish both my upcoming ebooks, and my back catalog. However, my former books are published under my personal KDP account, and when contacting Amazons KDP customer service, they said they will not transfer my old books to my new publishing account, unless I delete the private account afterwards. In other words, they will just “merge” my old private account and the new publisher account. However, I would like to keep the old, private one for buying books etc.

    So do you have any suggestions how I should proceed to transfer my published books from my old to my new account, without losing the private KDP account?


  17. Exclusively Niemann on August 27, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Dave, I tried to send you a PM at your Contact Me page, but I can’t get the message through. It says this all the time: There was an error trying to send your message. Please try again later. Can I perhaps place my message it here? Please advice. Thanks!

  18. Joshua Montoya on August 18, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    This is awesome information right here for starting up your publishing company. I’d definitely say e-book publishing has made a huge impact in my income and financial status. If anyone is looking to make this move definitely read this article over and over again. Dave covered all the bases here this is freaking awesome.

    If you want to learn a little more about the publishing process here is this video that basically teaches you how to publish your book to Amazon for FREE.

  19. Renita Stockner on July 9, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Also, can you tell me from your experience about profits. I have incorporated a publishing company but I am not looking to take a percentage of people royalties. As I read in one of the post located here it would be a little hard to split the profit showing tax wise, so I want to charge a one-time upfront fee; where that person pays for all of there own edits, book cover design, and anything else that they need. I only want to publish the book and they can tell me who they want to use for a print on demand. This keeps the work on the individual who is looking to put in the work but doesn’t want a publishing company and they still can hold the rights to their book. Can I do this or not? What are the pros and cons?


  20. Renita Stockner on July 9, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Dave,

    My question is, how do you publish other people books under your publishing company without you being sued? What I mean by that is; when you publish someone book you don’t know if they have used other people information or cited correctly. You don’t know if they copied someone else writing material or not. With that being said as the publishing company do you handle that with a contract saying something like you are not aware of any copyright infringement of the person who has presented the book for publishing or is there another approach that you have to protect your publishing company when it comes to publishing someone else book?

  21. Brandy on May 8, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you very much! I love the work you put into this and thank you for sharing it! I feel I can trust it and I look forward to the reading list you gave….thanks again! 🙂

    • Dave Chesson on May 9, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Glad to help.

      • Indira Williams on August 25, 2017 at 5:11 pm

        Hi Dave could you expound on how to not just publish for yourself but to publish a book for someone else using Amazon and how you would go about that. I was going to create a publishing name for just my books then I thought why not do this for others and get paid. I would basically charge them a fee for me to do all the self publishing for them on Amazon and then however Amazon does that with the royalties that’s all theirs. Am I thinking in the right direction or would this be done differently, also would my self publishing company name go on their books?

        • Dave Chesson on August 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm

          The way to do this is to publish their book under your KDP account. Then you’ll be responsible to figure out how much you owe them and pay them. They won’t have any clue as to how well the book is doing unless you give them access to your KDP account (which I recommend not doing). You can’t tell Amazon to pay them…they will only pay you and then you’ll need to pay the author.

          • Exclusively Niemann on August 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm

            Hi Dave, can’t she simply become an Amazon affiliate? That way she can sell any book already on Amazon.

          • Dave Chesson on August 26, 2017 at 6:49 pm

            That’s not what she’s asking. She’s talking about becoming a publisher and how can she load their books as a publisher. But I get what you mean…it sounds like she’s straddling the two.

          • Jen Russon on January 12, 2018 at 10:07 pm

            Hi there 🙂 I am looking to help a talented friend self-publish her cookbook. She’s a technophobe and needs my help. I have only published one book to KDP. I gather from this thread that I can publish her book to my bookshelf on Amazon without altering her name, and get the royalties over to her. I don’t need to create my own company and Federal tax ID to do this? Thank you!

          • Dave Chesson on January 12, 2018 at 11:51 pm

            Hi Jen, unless you’re taking a cut, it would definitely be best to publish it in her KDP. If you are taking a cut, and she’s selling a significant amount, you really should consider a LLC for such an operation.

  22. CIA on May 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I have some questions. If my KDP account got banned and they say, I cannot open another account; can I still start an LLC? Will they match IP address as a problem or would using a different laptop help? Also, would I need to use a different pen name and do only new books, or could I post all my old books up that were fine? Would I be considered the person who has the rights or would KDP flag me as the same person and delete the account?

  23. TK on May 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Dave!

    Great article! One question: If I want to self-publish a book in a language that is currently not supported by Amazon’s KDP (although big publishers put out books in this language on Amazon), will I be able to do this if I start my own publishing company? Meaning, do publishing companies have some other platform besides KDP to put out kindle e-books on Amazon?
    Thanks in Advance!

    • Dave Chesson on May 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Hi TK, not that I know of. You can always publish a book in a different language on other markets. They don’t preclude books from an Amazon market based on the language used.

  24. Shelley Souza on April 23, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I found the article helpful, thank you, Dave.

    When I recently asked my lawyer whether I should set up an LLC or a corporation for my business, he informed me that it would cost more to set up an LLC because there is an “arcane” law which requires public notices. He said some people pay the extra fee because they prefer the aesthetic of LLC to Inc. while I too prefer the look of LLC, From a legal point of view it made no difference to me which one I had so I went with a corporation. I mention this because you said an LLC is less expensive to set up, and this may not be the case.


  25. Schizo_Frog on March 2, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Do I click the same “Create KDP Account” link on Amazon to open an LLC indie publisher account? Because the “Create KDP Account” link asks for personal information like SSN and I’ve already used that information for my personal kdp account.

  26. Jim Wilbourne on January 22, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Dave,
    When researching which state to form an LLC in, I came across a lot of advice that said just go with your home state because you still end up paying taxes out of that state and you end up registering and dealing with extra paperwork. But then I also get information saying the contrary. I’m confused.

    Here’s an example of a site who’s giving this sort of warning:

    Additionally (and I’ll be specific here), I’m looking to start a LLC with another author. Right now, we both live in MA, but I’ll be relocating to GA soon. GA is much cheaper to incorporate in, but I’ve also heard that even if some of the work is done in another state, you’d need to file as a foreign entity in that state?

    I’m just unclear on the information I’m getting from different camps. I would really appreciate some helpful info.

    • Dave Chesson on January 23, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Jim. The real answer is…it depends.
      1. It depends on the type of business you setup LLC or S-Corp or sole proprietorship
      2. It depends on the state you live in – CA vs TN? CA with big taxes, WY with no income tax
      3. It depends on whether or not you have a virtual office (which is a must if you are going to claim another state for the business).
      4. It depends on the pay structure you set out for yourself. ->a lot of depends on this one.

      • Jim Wilbourne on January 26, 2017 at 1:17 am

        Awesome. Thanks for replying. I’ll answer all these as best I can.
        1. The setup would be LLC.
        2. We both live in MA (taxes and registration fees are high), but I’m planning to relocate with in 24 months to GA (where taxes and registration fees are low). We haven’t completely set a timeline for when we’re going to pull the trigger and get this thing official, but we’re researching so that we make the right decision.
        3. I suppose we wouldn’t have a virtual office, but I can make that happen. Do you have a starting point for that? Should I just research virtual office spaces on Google?
        4. Pay structure hasn’t been established yet. If you have any advice on that, please let me know. The idea I have now (based on what I’ve seen others do) is to do a 49-51 split with the LLC (70% royalties from amazon goes to the LLC. From that, 70% goes to the author, 30% goes to the LLC). If this isn’t what you mean, please let me know.

        As you can see, I’m clueless. I really appreciate this.

  27. Alex Vickers on November 28, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Dave, thanks for posting this information. It is very helpful. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on how to publish someone else’s book. I want to set up an LLC publishing company and publish several friends’ books, taking 30% of the revenue and giving them 70%. Do you have any experience with something like this?

    • Dave Chesson on November 29, 2016 at 6:50 am

      Hi Alex! The trick is going to be how you work it between the two of you. The bummer part is that Amazon doesn’t split fees (I wish they would). So, as the publishing company, you’ll publish it on your KDP account, and send the percentage to the author. Tax wise, the total brought it for the book is revenue, the percentage to the author is operation costs/expenses/services paid, and the 30% is your profit (the taxable part). The only tricky part for you is how you negotiate the operations of sending money to the author. Do you pay it monthly? Do you send proof? What does your legal documents/contract look like?

  28. Fawn Johnston on November 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Dave this is an exciting article as we plan to start our publishing LLC also out of UK as my husband is from there. 😉 So pretty much the same thing applied to the states is applied to the UK? Correct? Just wished to reach out, as I saw this article last night and thought, this is what I want to do omg lol Thank you so much

    • Dave Chesson on November 12, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Hi Fawn and glad you found it! Not sure how the information above plays out for the UK though.

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  29. wrighttracks on September 13, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Just read through everything. Nice. I already have a couple of LLCs. I would like to use one of them for publishing. It is presently used for art sales. So the question is, can I simply just say, “Out of bounce Publishing”, Wilson Fine Art LLC. Once I put that on a publication, is that all I need to do and then just run all the expensiveness and profit through that account, or is there an need to do something official? Thanks a ton. D Wright

    • Dave Chesson on September 13, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Actually, you don’t even need to say that. One of my LLC’s was originally used for our housing investments and rentals. I then just started adding my niche websites into it as well. All we had to do was document it as such within our records. We had a formal meeting between the two stake holders (Me and my wife – and even made it into a nice dinner on the business’ bill) and discussed it and then annotated it in our books…thus adding the niche website assets to that LLC.

      • wrighttracks on September 14, 2016 at 5:03 pm

        Thanks a bunch for the quick response. It looks like I am off and running without any real issues. Much appreciated, David Wright

        • Dave Chesson on September 14, 2016 at 5:05 pm

          Absolutely and any time. Good luck!

  30. Jenny on August 5, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Hi Dave! Great article! I have a question similar to @Steph. I live in NYC where LLC formation costs are expensive. There is a newspaper ad publication requirement of $1,000 for any new LLC. Can I form an LLC in another state for tax purposes & set up the Virtual Office there? I will be doing business in NYC. Will I still have to pay annual taxes in both states? Or would you suggest I later change my address to NYC. I want to be able to do business in NY. Thanks!

    • kindlepreneur on August 5, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Hi Jenny. A lot of that depends on what “Doing business in” means. If you have a brick and mortar store or are selling physical products in that state, then you are doing business in that state. But if you are writing books in a state, and selling them online, then you aren’t doing business in that state necessarily, unless you setup your LLC in that state. For me, my book LLC is out of Wyoming, but I’m never there – my virtual office is.

      However, when I pay myself a salary from my LLC, I have to pay personal taxes to the state I’m living in – so keep that in mind.

      You can setup a LLC in another state, and open a virtual office but again, that comes back to the “Doing Business” part above. I hope that helps.

      • Jenny on August 5, 2016 at 8:37 pm

        Thanks for the reply! I understand. My publishing business will be online. Will I have trouble setting up a business bank acct in NYC if I setup the LLC in another state? or will I have to have a bank account out-of-state? Also, you mentioned paying yourself a salary from the LLC. Do you recommend electing to be taxed as an S corp with a “reasonable salary” for a new publishing company?

        • kindlepreneur on August 6, 2016 at 2:44 am

          You should have no problem setting up a bank account out of state. We did that. Depending on how much you pay yourself, yes. We also elect to be taxed as a S corp.

          • Jenny on August 6, 2016 at 6:33 pm

            Awesome! I know you’re not a lawyer but I appreciate your business sense & happen to have another question: I want to operate multiple lines of business in publishing, art, technology, etc. With the same name X Publishing, X Art Studio, X Technologies. Can I do that? Should I form them as separate LLCs or create an umbrella LLC with DBAs. I’ve heard that DBAs don’t offer protection. Will this be difficult in terms of taxes?

          • Dave Chesson on August 7, 2016 at 3:52 am

            Multiple LLCs means multiple banking accounts, multiple taxes, and multiple setup fees (plus annual meetings for each, book keeping, etc…). So, it’s very painful. But the plus side is that if one gets sued, the others should be safe.

            Another option is to create a X LLC and then create a bunch of series under it. However, as I’ve read, there’s no proof that a series would be seen as a separate Business entity and thus be protected from the others. It would also have to have separate accounts and taxes….so not much more benefit except for no extra setup fees.

            The truth is, setting up multiple LLCs is a LOT of work and hassle. You could just setup one and have them all operating under that one. But there would be no separation or protection. But let’s be real…what’s the chances any of those LLCs could be sued? I guess that depends on the market they operate in or service they provide.

          • Jenny on August 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

            Thanks so much! If I set up my publishing company out-of-state and will ship physical books from NY, will I then have to register as a foreign entity or should I just use my virtual mailbox address for any shipping? Also, how will I charge tax? Will I apply NY or out-of-state tax?

          • Dave Chesson on August 8, 2016 at 11:36 pm

            That depends on the medium in which you are selling. Shipping physical books from a different state should include a new tax of any sort – but again, I’m not a lawyer.

          • Jenny on August 9, 2016 at 8:41 am

            Thanks so much for your help! I’ll continue following your posts on Kindlepreneur. You’ve given me so much insight!

          • Dave Chesson on August 9, 2016 at 11:18 am

            No problem and any time!

  31. Kay DM on June 4, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Dave, it’s a great article. I just want to know that this will apply to non-US person?

  32. Kirkland on May 23, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Dave. I am new here. I would like to say this is a great article you have. I would love to become a book publisher in the near future. Since this article mostly focuses on E-publishing, I was wonder if you had an article/tutorial on physical book publishing, and listed resources on how to get those books in book stores. I love physical books so that’s why I’m asking 🙂 Thank you for reading my message.

    • kindlepreneur on August 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      For physical books, all you need to do is format your book for “CreateSpace”, the Amazon Print On Demand (POD) service. Then they’ll take care of all of the logistics for you. Later next month, we’ll have some articles on exactly how to do that sort of formatting, and I’ve got an article about how to get your self published book in a Indie Book store (they’re actually better and I’ll discuss why). Hope that helps.

      • Kirkland on August 6, 2016 at 3:32 pm

        T months later and I finally get a response! Lol thank you though. Yes I like to know how to get a self published book in a Indie Book store. If they’re better than please discuss this.

      • Kirkland on August 6, 2016 at 3:33 pm

        Two months later and I finally get a response! Lol thank you though. Yes I like to know how to get a self published book in a Indie Book store. If they’re better than please discuss this.

        • kindlepreneur on August 6, 2016 at 3:34 pm

          Yeah, sorry about that. I must have missed it. I’m usually pretty good but was replying to someone else’s and was like “huh…must have missed that one.” Yup, that article is scheduled for later in September – sorry for the wait. I like to plan out months ahead of time and ensure all phases are tested before publishing.

          • Kirkland on August 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

            Sounds good to me bud. In addition to that do you have any articles regarding Kindle royalty rates? If not I would like to know from you how do you feel about them paying the authors a royalty based on pages read, rather than paying authors a royalty each time a reader makes it through 10% of a book. I know this has been the case for a while, but I would like to know you take on it, and how it has impacted you personally.

          • kindlepreneur on August 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm

            Too many “not-so-moral” people were taking advantage of the original system. Amazon responded. The problem though, was that there were too many ‘small’ books out there where 5-10 page turns later you were past the 10% mark. Therefore, their system (ideally speaking) was created so that if you wrote a good book that people liked reading, you’d get paid for each page of work.

            Is it perfect? In an automated world – it’s as good as it gets and Amazon likes to be automated. It hasn’t affected me much though because I don’t put many of my books on KENP.

          • Kirkland on August 6, 2016 at 4:34 pm

            Hmm I have never published on Kindle, but from what I have been hearing from other authors is that it has greatly hurt their royalty rate by publishing there. If you don’t put a lot books on KENP what is your go to place?

          • kindlepreneur on August 6, 2016 at 4:37 pm

            No no no….KENP is a sub program within Kindle. You can select your Kindle book to be in the KENP program. I just don’t choose to make my a part of that program. But I definitely sell my books on Amazon Kindle…it would be sort of hypocritical if I didn’t 😉

          • Kirkland on August 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm

            Okay I gotcha 🙂 Forgive my ignorance I’m still new to the publishing platforms and the facets that come with it. So it was KENP that made the royalty rate change not the main platform…I think I got it now, haha

          • kindlepreneur on August 6, 2016 at 4:47 pm

            No worries. Yeah, a lot of authors were miffed over the KENP changes. But Amazon Self Publishing is still amazing.

          • Kirkland on August 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm

            I will keep all of this in mind. I believe this site will be very helpful to me, so I will be a regular reader here. Plus I like you 🙂

          • Dave Chesson on August 6, 2016 at 5:12 pm


  33. Eric Z on May 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Another great one Dave, you have a talent for EVERGREEN articles. Now my question: Have you seen Estonia’s E-residency? They also offer easy company founding etc. Also for international guys like you and me, maybe it is even wiser (less $) to register your company in foreign country, like Estonia? Or is that a problem with Amazon? I think this is another great topic for an evergreen article, the pro’s and con’s of oversees companies etc. etc. I cannot find in depth articles about it on the net!

    • kindlepreneur on May 19, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks buddy. Yeah, I’m not a pro on international, but one thing that goes against us Americans is that the US government will still tax us as US citizens if we take an income from our overseas business. So, your foreign established online business will be taxed by whatever country you set it up in…but any money you receive will be taxed by both countries…the US and the other…even if you never went back to the US. I could be wrong so check that, but that’s my understanding.

      • Eric Z on May 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm

        You’re right about that, Americans’ Tax home remains USA regardless of where they physically are. You would have to give up your passport in order to break the chain, which is getting increasingly harder to do.

  34. Steph on March 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    For clarity, if I am registering my business in my home state and then setting up a Virtual Office in Wyoming, would that at all be a conflict?

    • kindlepreneur on March 29, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      You would need to register you business at the address of your Virtual Office. Otherwise, it would be a total conflict. The idea is that you choose the State you want to start your business in (because of tax benefits) and then get a Virtual Office so that your business has a legitimate place in that state…and thus can legitimately register in that state. The key with this method though is to ensure the tax benefits is better than the cost of a virtual office…otherwise you are spending money to try to save less money.

      • Steph on March 29, 2016 at 4:48 pm

        I understand completely. Thank you.

  35. Charlene Breuer on February 28, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    The question I’m having trouble getting answered is this, if I start a publishing company under one name and write with a pen name how do I align all that? Would I have to file two separate DBA forms or will the pen name fall under the publishing company? When I start selling I’m just confused on how to open the bank account and get EIN if the books are selling with my pen name, but I start a publishing LLC with a different name. The reason they will be different is I read in research it was more “professional” if it seemed the publishing company and pen name were separate and different entities. So now I have two names, both fictious, what do I do? Thanks!

    • kindlepreneur on February 29, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Hey Charlene, so the name of my publishing company is Ebookpreneur LLC. Using the EIN, I created a publishing KDP account (not my personal one) and inserted all the tax information for the company. Then I chose used pen names for all of my books. No need to do a DBA because the name of the author is not the name of the company. Now, I will place on the front matter page a “Ebookpreneur Publishing” stamp, but I don’t have to do that either. At the end of the year, Amazon sends you your tax forms because THEY know that your books are attached to your publishing account…and you’re good to go.

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  37. Kenny Bridgers on November 18, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I found this article to be very insightful.This model isn’t just for ebooks correct?

  38. stvwrd on November 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Is it possible to roll previously published works under the newly formed LLC, or does it only protect new books/products published AFTER the LLC is formed?

    • kindlepreneur on November 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Yes, absolutely. Basically, hand over the “Asset” to your LLC so that it is now the property of the LLC. Make note of that in your records so that it is an official “asset”.

  39. Texas Patriot on October 20, 2015 at 4:58 am

    I realize that copyright is technically automatic upon publishing something, but did you formally register the book mentioned in your article with the U.S. Copyright Office?

    • kindlepreneur on October 20, 2015 at 5:24 am

      No, I did not. But I asked my lawyer about that. He said “on the record, you should.” Then he said, “off the record, its a waste of time.”

      • Liz Long on October 20, 2015 at 9:58 pm

        It’s only $35 and it really is cool to hold that piece of paper in your hand.

  40. […] book sales, but to increase book sales even more and protect yourself legally, you may want to start a publishing company of your […]

  41. Jeremiah Boehner on July 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    This more of a how to set up an LLC then how to set up a publishing company. Thought some of the tax features mentioned were helpful.

    • kindlepreneur on August 8, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      It’s more like “how to turn your hobby into a publishing company…in the legal sense.” PS: Your book, “Content Marketing” is great. Nice job.

      • Jeremiah Boehner on August 10, 2015 at 3:33 am

        Yes that sound accurate, Thanks for the kind words. My next one in the series will be pretty epic.

        • kindlepreneur on October 20, 2015 at 10:07 am

          Jeremiah, when’s the next one coming out? I haven’t heard anything yet.

          • Jeremiah Boehner on October 20, 2015 at 3:07 pm

            Hey Dave, I’m putting together now, I’m hoping to have it ready to go by the end of the year when I launch my content marketing course. Life has been busy as I’m also redoing a lot of my funnels based upon my learning from putting the book together.

  42. […] In this case, they accepted it and the whole of the article was focused on convincing authors of why their self publishing hobby should become a company.  With this article, it was extremely easy for me to drop a link to one of my money sites, which was on the steps to setting up a publishing company. […]

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  44. How to Publish Books on Google Play! Part 1 on May 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    […] Here you will enter your publisher name. If you don’t want to create your own publishing business and simply want to self-publish as yourself as the publisher, you can enter your own name instead. That said, I’d highly recommend creating a DBA (Doing Business As – meaning  “You Publishing” is just a name that you operate under, even though the company is legally just yourself) at the very least, if not an LLC. […]

  45. […] own publishing company.  Although I would like to go into detail on how to do it, this article on how you can setup your very own publishing company covers every detail in the process to owning your very own publishing […]

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    • Levi Scottman on April 23, 2020 at 2:40 am

      What would you setup as an American with a social security number living and publishing in Australia?

      • Dave Chesson on April 25, 2020 at 10:12 pm

        Well, that’s exactly what I did since I started mine (as an American) living in Sri Lanka. I started a LLC with a virtual office out of Wyoming (since it had the best state taxes).

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