Self-Publishing #7 — The Legal Stuff (Business Licenses, Copyright)

Last Updated: August 2018

Disclaimer: I Am Not a Lawyer

Nothing in this week’s post should be taken as legal advice. If you have an intellectual property question, a tax question, a contract question, or anything else of the sort, consult an attorney. Also, this post will be extremely US-centric.

Much More Comprehensive Legal Resources for Writers/Self-Publishers:

Writing is a Business, Especially for the Self-Publisher

Even if you’re only traditionally published, your writing career involves contracts, sales, royalties, expenses, tax returns, defending your copyright, and more. For the self-publisher, many small but important jobs quietly taken care of by a traditional publisher, such as paying contractors, buying ISBNs, or sending out DMCA claims against book pirates, now has to be done by you.