Feb 8, 2012

Writing Business - Step 1

MY ZOMBIE DOG is ready for production and I've been looking into the business of writing. There's so much involved in getting your manuscript from story to book (or ebook), so I started by making a list of everything I could possibly think of that would need to be covered. Now it's time to start tackling that list.

Making progress through lists is so satisfying, I think I could be a professional list-ticker. I've now accomplished the first step to becoming professional at this writing gig (other than actually writing something). I've set up my ABN (Australian Business Number), this registers myself as a business and can be done (in Australia) by contacting the ATO (be ready to be on hold for over half an hour) or going to their website:

You can be a writer without an ABN, but this way I can set up my business of writing and keep it separate from all other expenses/incomes. It also allows me to set up a business name or trading name for digital publishing. Here's hoping I have lots of tax to pay next financial year due to the overwhelming success of my ebooks!

My next steps include sourcing an illustrator for the cover art and organising to have the manuscript file formatted into an ebook.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Charmaine,
    Congratulations on your first step to e publishing. I have a friend who does graphic art design work. His business is called Major Creations- Paul Major on face book. His work is exceptional-definietly worth checking out.

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  2. This is the part I don't look forward to. Will be interesting to see how the process goes for you.

    mood

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  3. I'm with Mood. I can't wait to hear about your process!

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  4. Never thought I'd wish this for anyone, but...hope you do have to pay lots of taxes.

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  5. I wish you a ton of luck with this. I am so bad with all those details--it sounds like you definitely have a good plan though.

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  6. I love the comic I think to often I fall into the third guy category :) This is a good list I hope you have to pay a lot of taxes next year!!

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