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Title: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 03:36:45 pm
I am working on starting a small book publishing company separate from my other endeavours. I am getting the legal info from a former CEO which is great.I admit my background in the business doesn't include book publishing so this is new to me. I thought of forming a corporation to protect my assets just in case of lawsuits, etc. I also thought of self publishing but that isn't as professional looking as having a legal business. I will go that route if necessary but at the moment it looks like a sole  proprietorship is what I will go with. For now. I will most likely incorporate it at a later date.

I am forming the business because it is a childhood dream of mine. I wanted to publish comic books and graphic novels, books for children and adult non fiction. I know sometimes authors can have a book that can be controversial at best. I won't shy away from that. In fact, I have my own stories to write in addition and some are controversial but true.

What I want is for some of you to please give me suggestions for my business. Have any of you started a publishing company or worked for one? Do you have any suggestions or warnings for me? Seriously. I know you are a varied group of ladies and very knowledgeable. I do hope you don't mind my asking for advice. Like I wrote earlier this is a new branch of the business for me and I want to do it right. So any books to read, pitfalls to avoid? Book ideas?  :thankyou:

I watched a movie about the Amanda Knox case and one of the characters, a journo, said my advice is to write the story as fiction that way the truth can be told. That has to be one of the best suggestions I have heard yet. It isn't full proof of course but it is still one way to get the truth out...  :flower: :tehe:  :spy: :spy:


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: YooperModerator on November 30, 2017, 03:47:09 pm
If you're starting a company in the US, a Limited Liability Company (LLC) is the way to go.  It protects the individual from many things such as the taxman and major losses.  For instance, if you owe a ton of taxes but can't pay, no one can take your personal assets (home, car, savings).  There used to be a down side and the income tax level was higher than general corporations but, love him or *despise* him, the Trump tax plan saves your fanny on that so it's the safest, structural bet for a startup.

If none of this applies, I apologize.  I'm not sure how a LLC works in other countries.  However, wherever you are, check all the pros and cons of taxation, personal responsibility and consequences of a loss with your country's Corp Laws.  They usually have a parallel to the US' LLC.

And, most of all, congratulations to you and your initiative!  :flower:


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: Akasha 85 on November 30, 2017, 04:03:52 pm
Awesome girl you go for it  :thumbsup:
Don't have any legal advise for ya but, and correct me if I'm wrong here, aren't you from the euro side of the pond? Because i think E U provides smal loanes at good rates for one person startups like yours


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: LadyLaura on November 30, 2017, 04:04:16 pm
congrats and best of luck to you!!!  :flower:

 :loveshower:



can you publish my books?  :tehe: :tehe:


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 04:15:24 pm
Thanks. I, like many people, have shied away from the LLC but I do like the legal protection of the corporation. Its much more work and paperwork than I want to do right now but I may need it eventually.  I am being told the LLC is good way to go but I must be stubborn because I am not considering it. The one problem I have with the sole proprietorship is the potential liability. It's an easy and quick startup, and it is better than self publishing but... well, theres my dilemma...  I want to publish immediately but also make sure everything is legal and above board. Honestly, I am more concerned about possible fines if I don't follow all of the gazillion rules and regulations than I am of someone suing me for writing stories and truthfull exposes. Do you know how many stories there are in the world to tell? Literally everyone has something to say! It's mind boggling at times.  And the corruption going on in business, government, etc, is just ripe for exposing. I guess you can tell my angle? I like investigative journalism style books. I also like biographical/autobiographical works. They make the best screenplays.  :thumbsup: 

What do you all think of the name Lolliepop Publishing? That's my daughters nick. I can't think of any adult sounding names that I feel good about....


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: YooperModerator on November 30, 2017, 04:26:35 pm
^That's true re an LLC.  It is a lot more paperwork and I tend to get lazy because I have a built-in lawyer for a son because an attorney is definitely required.  When I built a townhouse complex, in which I live, the paperwork was ginormous but boy did it save my a$$ with our gov and ANY copyright or attempted outside attacks.

I understand your reluctance, but something of this version will help you down the road. Just my .02.

I like the sound of Lolliepop Publishing but another caution that it does sound like a company for juveniles unless that's what you're focus is.  Sorry to be so business-like in voice.


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 04:41:10 pm
Wow! Thanks for the kindness everyone!  :thankyou: :hug:

^^^^I am in USA right now but once I am actually publishing whether sole proprietorship or self publish I will be making the trek to Quebec to visit cousins (Bonaventure to be precise) and to the UK and Eire (also to visit with cousins) so I will be a bit mobile at first. I can write/work virtually anywhere I go and it is a potential tax write off which is a major plus. I love travelling. I feel quite a few writing seminars coming up...  :tehe:

I want to get started immediately so I am pushing hard now to finalise everything. I do need to find a good copy editor. That is something I have put off doing but nope, not any more... They are just expensive unless I go the starving student route at least until my business is turning a profit ... food for thought. There are just SO MANY rules and regulations and laws to learn :o

^^ ^Are you a writer? I start with publishing my own work as it is the easiest but I will always want submissions when my business is going... if you are serious :thumbsup:

That's the great thing about this endeavour: I can publish the books I want to publish. :loveshower: I am just shy about the sole proprietorship route but it wouldn't make a difference if I self published or sole pr really except looking more professional... the name of the first book I am publishing is called Moon Magic.

^ Heck, no, write away! I started this thread for advice, remember! I appreciate it. It is a good thing you having a lawyer for a son! Lucky you. I did think of the name being a bit juvenile which is a good thing for my children's books but not so good for my adult non fiction works. It is possible to create a juvenile branch later and use the name. But when it comes to adult sounding names I am not sure... any suggestions anyone? :flower:


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: Akasha 85 on November 30, 2017, 04:48:42 pm
How about Gritty Grim Publish for the adult one, since your giong the investigator road...


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 04:53:57 pm
^ That has a nice ring to it... GG Publishing for short... you just might be on to something there...


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: YooperModerator on November 30, 2017, 04:57:50 pm
^^You're so metal, Akasha.  Love it!


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 05:01:39 pm
Other possibilities...

The Real Deal Publishing (I'm thinking no)
d'Glamorgan publighing (it has a nicce Welsh ring to it)
Flaming Sword Publishing (might sound too religious)
Neo Publishing (from the character in The Matrix)
Wolf Publishing (as in fierce... I would use Red Publshing but that may sound just too commie...)
Wisdom Publishing (enlightening the masses to hidden truths, scandals, etc - also see Neo Publishing)


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: Akasha 85 on November 30, 2017, 05:04:52 pm
 :legs
Your welcome
i just had this film noir image of an nyc pi/journo popping up in my brain : ya know dick tracy stuff, overflowing ashtray next to a typewriter, sheap bourbon on the side, shady kinda office.
That sorta thing and it looks grittty grim so yeah...


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: YooperModerator on November 30, 2017, 05:11:53 pm
^Aah, I see now.  That makes sense.  Gum Shoe Publishing would work with that genre too.  That's a clear US reference, tho.

^^I dunno.  I like Flaming Sword.  I get a flowing tresses, heavy cleavage romance vibe from it, however.

What's wrong with deG Publishing?  Very unusual and covers all platforms.


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 05:16:52 pm
^^So far that is the best name yet....  lol  

^ Right now it's a toss up between d'Glamorgan and Gritty Grim. I considered Clever Dick Publishing but then realised a clever dick was a smart mouth person in UK and well, in America, well.... let's just say it sounds way too adult, don't you think?  People might not think of dick as being a detective.... 


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: YooperModerator on November 30, 2017, 05:21:41 pm
^I highly advise against using the word "dick".  It's an big insult in the US, not that we matter.  Just FYI.

How many genres again so I can focus?  This is fun and exciting!


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 05:27:39 pm
^Jajaja! I know but I was trying for a play on words there... hmmm... massive fail on my part...   :tehe:

I am publishing children's books for younger readers and then also the harder hitting adult non fiction like exposes, biographies, and books that may or may not be controversial whether written as fiction or non fiction (did I just confuse myself?) :tehe: . The comic book and graphic novel section will come later...


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: YooperModerator on November 30, 2017, 07:07:55 pm
^Thanks!  So very broad spectrum.  Open Book Publishing.


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 08:14:13 pm
^ I know! I wrote up thread that with my own company I get to publish the books I want to publish. That's one of the great things about owning my own company!!! I won't have to deal with the often strict guidelines of a major publishing house. I will simply bypass them and publish what I want and I won't need permission, etc. It's great!  :loveshower:

I will definitely have one or two well-defined departments such as: 01) children's books for younger readers, 02) true stories whether written as fact or fiction (as I said earlier, sometimes that is the best way to get the truth out!) and this includes exposes on individuals and corporations many bigger houses may be hesitant or downright afraid ( :laugh:) to publish and 03) biography/autobiography. After that, whatever I feel needs to be in print and I agree with publishing the book then I print.  

Open House seems exactly right!  :tehe: So far, d'Glamorgan Publishing and Gritty Grim Publishing are the best two so far. Gritty Grim sounds so silly, I love it!

Even though I have a lot of story/book ideas I am always looking for more. Believe it or not IG has provided me with quite a lot of subject ideas I would lilke to publish books on. I am considering publishing biographies on Peggy Entwistle, Pancho Barnes, Mary Anning and Sophie Scholl.  But that won't be at least until spring of next year. I can set a start date then.

Gosh, there are just sooo many corrupt people and corporations in the world! People like me will always have something to write/publilsh about.  :spy: :tehe: :tehe: :spy:


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 08:37:25 pm
I forgot I am going to have to form an LLC to publish other people's work!!! Drat!!! Now I HAVE to deal with the paperwork! :o


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: YooperModerator on November 30, 2017, 08:39:26 pm
^Yep.  Sorry!


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 08:53:24 pm
^ :o Nooooooooooooooo!!!! :o    Oh, well, I was avoiding it like the plague but deep down I suspected I would have to go for an LLC or Corp. I now need to make another list of questions and call my advisor. It's seemingly never ending with an LLC!!! But I don't wanna do it!!! Waah! :tehe: Okay,time to grow up! Off I go then... :tehe:

At least I can do a lot of the work myself so I can keep costs down. I can target social media, design the book covers myself, I am reading about advertising via contacting radio stations for interviews, free YouTube commercials (I still need more info on this), I can approach magazines and ask for book reviews (I had forgotten about this)... but I find I won't do a professional job with the editing. That is something I need to hire a real pro to do.

I just might start with Sole Proprietorship and publish my own work as I get the info I need for an LLC that way I can start publishing straight away.  I don't want to wait any longer. You know that horrid P word don't you? Procrastination. I've finaly kicked it's a*s!  :laugh:

Thanks again for all the help, ladies.  Your responses have inspired me tremendously.  :hug:


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 08:59:48 pm
Stupid rules. :bouncy:

Well, at least my tall blonde will help me with all of the research I now have to do....  :loveshower: and my little monster will, too..  :loveshower:


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: YooperModerator on November 30, 2017, 09:09:11 pm
Sounds like you have what is needed most:  enthusiasm, smarts and a positive attitude.

The LLC won’t be as awful as you imagine it to be.  I promise.


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 09:14:18 pm
It sounds like you know from personal experience. Have you formed your own company? :loveshower:  And the LLC is horrible with even more rules to learn!    :o  It takes A LOT of research and time to form one. So now I will have to sleep an hour less each night to fit in learning about the formation of this monstrosity. Yes, I know I'm being over dramatic. :shy: :tehe: 


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: HRHOlya on November 30, 2017, 10:02:21 pm
I'm late to the party but I like Neo Publ (he took the red pill and was woke! lol), Wolf Publ, Open House Publ is good too.

Flaming sword gives me the same associations as it does for Yooper, kind of historical (fantasy) romance!


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: YooperModerator on November 30, 2017, 10:08:01 pm
^^Yes, I formed an LLC once.  It was the smartest move I made considering the options for hazards available.  It did require an atty and lots of signatures but not that bad.


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 10:29:29 pm
^^ At first Neo Publishing was my favourite but now I am thinking of the other two I mentioned. I don't know if I can legally use the name Neo Publishing but I will ask my advisor. Great! Now I am considering Neo again!  :tehe: It was easier when I was considering only two names. :tehe:

So now the options are:
Neo Publishing
d'Glamorgan Publishing
Gritty Grim aka GG Publishing  :o Jajaja! I dont know which to choose. Maybe I will dream on it to decide.  Spooky, I know, but sometimes it works for me. :shy:

^I am reading about converting my sole proprietorship to an LLC, a Corporation or a single-member LLC (whatever that is)...  and all I read is how wonderful if time consuming it is to form the LLCs. YooperMod, you about have me sold! btw what type of business did you own?

^^PS I just realised you got the inference!   :thumbsup:


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: YooperModerator on November 30, 2017, 10:33:09 pm
^It was a construction project.  But, it involved naming rights, profit sharing, other people and, mostly, protecting my personal assets and rights.  Worth the process I can assure you.


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on November 30, 2017, 10:34:30 pm
Sounds like it was a major project.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: Ariel on December 10, 2017, 08:24:36 am
deGuernsey, not to spook you but the publishing, especially with the print to order type of online publishers, the publishing companies make a difference in what they offer to authors like me. I am now with one who has a good track record for getting you on the New York times best seller list. He isn't inexpensive but gets the job done from what I can see. We'll see if I get accepted and if I get to the list but once you consider taking on authors - it could be a good idea to know why they will choose you.


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on December 12, 2017, 11:23:47 pm
^ Thanks for the information.  :thankyou: I've been busy all day but I am going to spend the next three hours just studying about business and putting together projects for publication. This is really starting to turn out fabulously. .... I just keep telling myself to focus more and work faster.... this is awesome.  :loveshower: :loveshower: :loveshower:

Thanks everyone for the tips and responses.  :hug: :bouncy:


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on January 02, 2018, 08:40:45 pm
 :announcement: Guess which book/story I am publishing?   :*butt*:   :work:   :*butt*:   :*butt*:   :*butt*:


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on January 12, 2018, 05:35:29 pm
So, I spoke to my mentor and he agreed with me.  Self-publish the less controversial work whilst I establish my business. He suggested an LLC to protect my assets in case of possible lawsuit. He also suggested liability insurance. $300 - $400 for about $2million in coverage. He said it would be worth the cost. I do agree although I don't want to spend the money on it. :tehe: I'd much rather buy a nice pair of earrings or a ring. Yes, it will be a  small, chintzy diamond or beautiful blue topaz but, well, there it is. I will buy the insurance.

He made many good suggestions and some that really didn't relate to me and even some that I blanked out on. :laugh:

I told my mentor I wanted to write a true story. A controversial story. I asked him for advice and he said I should write the story, make sure I have a good publishing attorney who will back me the whole way, and then go for it. I told him much has already been printed online, in magazines, said on the telly even about this matter but I have a different perspective. I told him WHY I have this perspective. He repeated his words and said, go for it.

Yes, we agreed on my plans. So, now, among my published works will be the story I've been itching to write: call it what you will... but I am going to write about this mess against Prince William. I will also touch on the matter of (possible) surrogacy.

Even though I have never met my deHavilland cousins in England I'm going to be reaching out to them... Yes, and not just them... Molyneux, Dow, Haviland, Mckenzie, , my Basque/Spanish cousins... in America, Canada, UK, Spain... :cookie:

I am really excited about this project. And my other projects as well.... I'm rather prolific. I was thinking of posting one of my short short subjects for feedback. Hope no one minds. It's VERY short. :flower:



Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: CathyJane on January 12, 2018, 09:07:36 pm
I can't wait!


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on January 13, 2018, 07:22:47 pm
^ :flower:

I am now working part-time on The Book :tehe:. I have a lot of other projects I am working on, most of which I am wrapping up so it will give me more time to write. I am looking for a copy editor who will help me bring the final manuscript to publication. I think I need a miracle worker. :tehe:   btw, Miss Mystery is going to make an appearance and I will explain why I say PW has a love of his life that isn't the two usual suspects...     :cookie:  

MM... that's a strange name....  :tehe:  but I do believe the ever elusive MM is the same woman I am going to write about.


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: Ariel on January 13, 2018, 08:16:36 pm
Do you think Meghan is William's miss mystery? That would be an interesting twist.


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on January 14, 2018, 01:34:28 am
No. And I don't believe she is PHs either. :cookie:   IMO sparkles was put/helped to be by PHs side.  I don't expect it will last.


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: deGuernsey on February 02, 2018, 08:41:38 pm
I was told I am mean for writing a book and screenplay about PW, KM, the pregnancies, etc... one person even said something which left me floored but I will tell you what that was later.... He said two very stupid things to my face which left me irritated. Jajaja! And then I decided no one has that power over me and so I continue on.  :bouncy:

I know a person who is a stooge for a criminal who is the bytch of a bigger criminal who has ties with druggies, etc in London and L.A. and wherever else the shady mother f-ers do their thing and this person gave me the ugliest looks I have been given in a while and I wonder why? It's not like they are fans of the grifters. I am laughing to myself.

I was reading about jacintha saldanha and suicide. There are figures for both men and women in he USA and UK and the methods most likely used by both genders and slashing wrists and hanging is confusing me. And then there is the tidbit about jacintha's husband and family saying the nurse was admitted to hospital for injury not self harm. They insisted she never cut herself or tried to take her own life so I wonder why the Daily Mail kept writing articles which said it's been said she tried harming herself two or three times... there is much I haven't read yet so it is new to me. It's puzzling indeed. So far it doesnt make sense to me. 

I plan on talking to experts next week.


Title: Re: I am starting my small book publishing company - need advice from you all
Post by: Ariel on February 04, 2018, 04:37:03 am
And a lawyer maybe. We all know what we know but as people who hide behind a nickname. If you are to go out with public allegations, better to have proof and also get a whistle blower protection if there is such thing in your country.