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For most of us, such information is hardly the stuff that makes for a page-turner. But Mercer does a good job of making the subject palatable: she interjects humor at various points and presents her discussions in a breezy manner not unlike what you might experience while sharing a cupcake with a BFF in a booth at Starbucks.
She covers all the basics of business paperwork in ten chapters. These include such topics as capitalization; bookkeeping; and retirement and savings, just to name a few. At the end of the book there is a useful list of websites. There is also a glossary of terms used throughout the text.
My only complaint with the book--and it is a tiny one--is that Mercer does not make any suggestions for software that writers might use to track their income and expenses. Aside from this nitpicking, I found her book a valuable reference that should be added to any writer’s iCloud library.
This was by far the most terrifying aspect of authorship for me. I have zero experience with anything business, nor can I wrap my head around such concepts easily. Words and grammar, spacial art and design, historical research–yes! Numbers, accounting, IRS, legaleese–NO!
In all honesty, I’ve been winging it for years. I keep track of expenses and income, but beyond that, I just do a lot of finger crossing. How does one actually set oneself up as a legal business? What tax filing is required? What other records should I be keeping? Christina Mercer, self-published author and former CPA, answers all those questions and many more that I didn’t know enough to ask in her book Bean Counting for Authors. It was something of a relief to find out that I’d actually been operating as a Sole Proprietorship for four years and my feeble attempts to be on the up-and-up are sufficient from a legal standpoint. But Bean Counting does more than that. It describes other business models available for authors along with the pros and cons of each. It also breaks down legal terms, defines applicable taxes and an author’s legal responsiblities, and is filled with tips for more efficient management.
I’m actually still working my way through some of the meatier sections that require a little extra chewing. Most of the difficult stuff doesn’t really apply to me at the moment, and might never, but I want to understand it anyway. Fortunately, Ms. Mercer lays out her content clearly, concisely, and with a gentle humor. She gets that we’re not all going to grasp this stuff quickly, so she leads us through it gently, with lots of illustrations as to how, say, COGS (Cost of Goods Sold), NEXUS, or Sales and Use Tax might be relevant to an author. It’s tough stuff, but it’s need-to-know stuff, and it’s helping me gain confidence in my…yes, my author BUSINESS.