Do I need to incorporate to use a business name?

I plan on publishing a book through CafePress.com so I'm not going into business, and they'll be handling orders, etc. I want to put on the cover page of my book something like "Steven's Press" to look like I actually have a publishing company. It seems a little more professional than just using "Published by CafePress.com". Do I have to incorporate to use the name Steven's Press? Do I have to make sure that no one else is using the same name?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    No, you dont have to incorporate, but others may use the name too if you dont incorporate or trademark the name. Check with your state for new businesses. They should have some advice in that area.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Any business can use a business name without incorporating ... ie sole-proprietorship. You should look into a business name with your county and register all legal paperwork with taxes and such because you'll be able to take all kinds of tax credits for publishing costs, marketing costs, editing costs, home business expenses, etc. It'll be worth the $80 investment and ability to keep your personal and business finances seperate. This will be especially sweet when you have book number two, then three, then... go for a legal business enterprise!!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, but you do have to file a "dba" (doing business as) with the state. IMO, I doubt that adding "Stevens Press" to the cover will make any difference in the saleability of the book. Any book has to stand on its own merit no matter who publishes it. And if you're serious about publishing a book, why not use a real online publisher like http://www.lulu.com or http://www.booksurge.com or http://www.ebookomatic.com .

    Source(s): I'm an amateur writer.
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