You don’t need a business license, but you should register your business name as either a sole proprietorship or LLC and open a separate bank account for this entity. For further advice or assistance, contact an attorney or tax accountant.
You should set-up your website or merchant account for payment at least 8 weeks before the release date. We don’t collect or retain any pre-sale earnings, so you should have a page on your website to capture these sales. Having a landing page as a sales page is suffice¬¬¬––you can just have a button or link to direct buyers to your merchant account shopping cart.
Although we can set-up pre-sales on Amazon and iTunes, we don’t suggest it, and here’s why: pre-sales for your book launch is a critical stage. During this stage, you want customers to purchase the book directly from you, so you can earn the highest profit margin.
Kindle KDP (the free promotion program) has a strict exclusivity clause prohibiting eBook distribution via other retailers such as such as Nook, iTunes, Kobo, etc. while in their 90-day program. If your book isn’t available on other retailer sites while in their program, yes, you can enroll for free promotion.
Call or visit the store where you desire to have a signing, ask for the store manager and give him/her your ISBN number.
Your book must be available at a wholesale discount and marked /returnable. Bookstore signings are at the sole discretion of the store manager. For more information please contact the bookstore directly.