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Tad Crawford & Kay Murray, January 2003
Taxes 101: Basic Guidelines for Self-Publishing Beginners – Part I »

“To produce an income tax return that has any depth to it, any feeling,” author Frank Sullivan quipped, “one must have Lived–and Suffered.” The suffering stems not only from the necessity of giving hard-earned money to the government, but also from the nature of dealing with tax regulations. Because tax policy is one of the …

Steve Carlson, June 2002
A 2002 Sales Tax Primer for U.S. Publishers »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2002 by Steve Carlson, President, Upper Access, Inc. — Although publishers collect sales taxes on only a small minority of sales, we have to know our state laws and regulations. Most of us register as tax collectors, file quarterly reports, and face penalties if we make a mistake. The rules are different in …

Tad Crawford, June 2001
Submitting My New Book to Me »

We all know that self-publishers often evolve into publishers who bring out books by other authors. In fact, lots of us have made this transition, including me. The process of turning back into a self-publisher is less well known and somehow suspect, because so many prominent editors and publishers choose to take their literary creations …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D. , May 2001
Incorporation or LLC? »

PUBLISHED MAY 2001 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — If you’re contemplating incorporating or setting up a limited liability company (LLC) to operate your business, there are some significant legal issues you must resolve. Please note that these decisions are integrally tied in with accounting and tax issues as well, and thus it is important …

Peggy Duncan, May 2000
There Are Enough Hours in a Day If You Know How to Work It! »

Time is the scarcest resource we have. It does not increase with demand and cannot be saved to use later. You’ll have to figure out how to get more out of the time you have. If you work it right, you’ll be able to do everything you need and want to do. One of the …

Gordon Burgett, October 1999
Sell It Again, Sam »

Selling an article once is a major accomplishment, at least while you’re earning your spurs. Selling the same article again and again, or other articles derived from the same research, is utter delight. Showing you how that is done is the purpose of this article. For clarification, let’s distinguish between the two major means of …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D., July 1999
Are Your Invoices Legally Sufficient? »

PUBLISHED JULY 1999 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — Many publishers routinely issue invoices to purchasers such as bookstores, wholesalers and the like but fail to recognize the importance of such invoices and the terms and conditions under which they are issued. The invoice is a contract, and in the appropriate circumstances, it can become …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D., March 1998
Foreign Publishing Deals and the European Common Market »

PUBLISHED MARCH 1998 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — There are potentially enormous changes coming about in the world of foreign publishing. American publishers should make every effort to stay abreast of these changes so that they may position their businesses to take advantage of the opportunity these changes may bring. In a previous article, …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D, November 1997
Handling Unsolicted Material »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 1997 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — Publishers who find themselves the recipients of unsolicited material may frequently be tempted to ask “What’s in the envelope?””Can this one be the ‘big one’?””Is there something calling me from inside the manila package?” Finding out the answers to these questions requires a formal operating procedure …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D, October 1997
Electronic Publishing and the Potential Loss of First Serial Rights »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 1997 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — The Internet offers the publisher and the writer the freedom to post articles to a website, to news groups, or to writing groups for the purpose of critiquing a work. The question then arises whether or not such activities prevent the author or publisher from subsequently …

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