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Setting Up Shop for Self-Publishing Business

by Ron Kurtus (revised 11 April 2014)

Once you have decided to start up an independent or self-publishing business, gained initial funding, and establish your business as a legal entity, you can set up shop to get the business going.

To do that, you need a place to work, equipment, and software for publishing. You also should purchase an ISBN block and have a means to print out barcodes. Finally, you should find vendors and support personnel or businesses.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.

Place to work and software

You need to have place to work and appropriate equipment and software.

Place to work

Most independent publishers work out of their home office.


Personal computers, a color printer, and a scanner are typical equipment needed.


Unless you job out your book formatting and design Adobe Creative Suite is a standard for independent publishers:

Of course, there are alternatives to all of these applications.


You need the knowledge of using your equipment and software,

You also need to be able to convert your manuscript into the various e-book formats, as well as e-book readers.

Purchase ISBN block and barcodes

You should purchase an ISBN block for your books.


For many tasks, you may want to job them out to designers, editors, and other contractors. Of course, you need some up-front money to do this.


In starting an independent or self-publishing business, you need some initial funding, you need to establish your business as a legal entity, and you need to have place to work with appropriate equipment and software.

Make early preparations

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