Do I need a contract with my own self-publishing company?

September 12th, 2018 → 3:44 pm @


Probably a daft question, but here goes.

When I get set up, do I need a contract between myself (the author) and “PurpleWomble Publishing” (or whatever its going to be called)?



Dear Andy,

No contract is needed if you are the owner of PurpleWomble Publishing, but you need to register a DBA (Doing Business As) fictitious name registration in your state.

Visit for your state requirements.


Getting a name and DBA for your publishing business are some of the topics Carol discusses in her course on How to Create a Self Publishing Company.

Create SP Company 2

This course is for authors who have decided to self-publish and need to understand how to establish a business that will be viewed as a legitimate and respected publishing company. This is professional advice from a CPA and author at a great rate!

In this course you will learn:

  • 3 things you can do today to start your publishing business
  • What filings you need to do with the IRS and your state
  • Setting up a business bank account
  • Business licenses you will need
  • What business structure works well for authors

Format: Two pre-recorded video sessions including handouts of the PowerPoint slides. Sessions will be about 30 minutes each. Access to a Facebook group or Facebook live session to ask questions of the presenter.

Cost: $80 (if you paid my hourly rate it would be $225!)

Enroll here.


Carol Topp, CPA

Author Business Tips and Taxes for Writers

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