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So What if You’ve Received Your 100th Rejection Letter from a Publisher — You Can Still Profit as an Author

Louisville, KY, January 21, 2008 --( Nash Black, author of Taxes, Stumbling Blocks & Pitfalls for Authors, is back with what is sure to become the professional Bible of all aspiring authors. Writing as a Small Business shows how even the least business savvy writer can master the economic side of writing and stay out of trouble with the IRS. A successful publishing career starts with a solid business foundation. Why be a struggling author when you can be a successful one?

According to Nash Black, this is the point where your life changes:

There it is—the first line of your book. Bold letters gleam from the page and you are in business. Yes. You are in business, but not in the way you may have dreamed. You have just become a small business entity, with responsibilities that have nothing to do with writing as a vocation. It doesn’t matter if you publish by print on demand, self-publish with a private press, or secure an agent to sell your manuscript to a traditional publisher. The first word makes you a small business from the moment it appears on the page or screen.

Authors, by their very nature, are often long on creativity and short on business know how. Yet every aspiring writer who ever hopes to profit from a writing career needs to think about the economic side of the business from day one. Sounds scary? Not at all.

In Writing as a Small Business, Nash Black takes an objective look at the publishing industry, examining the role of everyone involved, from author to printer to bookseller to end consumer. He explores many of the common myths about writing and publishing that “everyone assumes to be true,” and shows how even the harshest event in a writer’s life—the rejection letter—can be used as proof that you, the small business owner, are making a good faith attempt to sell your product. As such, many of the expenses related to your writing efforts are now legitimate business expenses, can be claimed on your tax forms.

Writing as a Small Business is a valuable reference that should be on every writer’s shelf. Nash Black provides a pattern and system to follow IRS guidelines for documenting marketing efforts, keeping records, and the kinds of valid receipts that have withstood the test of time in an IRS audit. He provides access to each state’s sales tax status and the individual state income tax forms, while explaining their basic tenets. Chapters cover the Purpose of Records, Keeping Your Records, Building Your Spreadsheet, and Storing Your Records. In addition, there is an extensive chapter on Market Research, covering the publishing industry as a whole, including the new role of e-books and print-on-demand publishing, the anatomy of a bookstore, agents, and even the current trends for end readership. Over forty years of experience as an author, small business owner, and research librarian have gone into this book. Whether you are a beginning writer or a well-established author, there is something for you in Writing as a Small Business.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-1625-7 Format: 5x8 paperback SRP: $19.95
Genre: Business—Small Business

About the Authors:

“Nash Black” is the pen name for the prolific and popular writing team of Ford Nashett and Irene Black. Their previous works include Qualifying Laps and Sins of the Fathers, part of the Brewster County series, and the haunting children’s Christmas tale, Travelers. Their non-fictions titles include the invaluable guide Taxes, Stumbling Blocks & Pitfalls for Authors. Ford and Irene live in a lakeside home in Jamestown, Kentucky, along with their two adopted cats. Look for their upcoming Brewster County mystery available soon from Outskirts Press. For more information or to contact the authors, visit or


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