Yesterday I received my business license from the city of Webster Groves. They had to run a background check on me to make sure I was worthy of a license. I guess the state and the county don't care - they just want my money. So now I have all the paper work I need to operate my publishing company. Going through this whole process has really made it clear to me that I need to publish more books in order to recoup the start-up costs of the publishing company alone.
Last week I mailed off a copy of my book to the Library of Congress as required by them if you have a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) in your book. It is suggested that you obtain a LCCN if you think your book is one that will be carried by any libraries. I also had to send two copies of the book to the U.S. Copyright Office, which is necessary if you have applied for an official copyright for your book.
Last Wednesday at the St. Louis Publishers Association meeting members were allowed to showcase their books to the attendees. I actually made two sales, which was awesome. One of the purchasers is a realtor who is considering the book as a possible premium to give to customers. Fingers crossed on that one!