Actually, you do need a lot more people than just 2 when you are book publishing. However, these 2 people are absolutely critical to your success as a professional writer.
Lawyers and Book Publishing
Book publishing requires contracts, whether you are self-publishing or traditionally publishing. You will see some type of binding legal agreement. Even though you “think” you know what the contract says, spend a few dollars now on a lawyer to possibly save lots of dollars later.
A good contract lawyer will go over each of the sections of the contract. He will explain to you the meaning of each section and the possible consequences. This lawyer will have your best intentions at heart and can possibly suggest changes which will protect you. Some of his changes could even enhance the deal for you.
Remember that if the contract should ever go into dispute, you will have to be consulting this lawyer under difficult circumstances. Try to avoid future problems by talking with a contract lawyer early in the game.
Accountants and Book Publishing
There is another expert to consult once you anticipate making money from your writing: a good bookkeeper or accountant.
If you are at the beginning of your writing career or just dabbling, you probably are not making much money. If this is the case, the easy thing to do is just set up a spreadsheet. Keep a record of every penny you make and everything you spend on your writing. At the end of the year, give that sheet to your bookkeeper or accountant so that they can include those amounts on your taxes.
If you are making a living with your writing, you need to take a more structured view of your business finances, for writing is a business. Over the past few decades, I have found that a good CPA (certified public accountant) is worth their weight in gold.
If you consult one early, they can help you set up your finances. You must record what comes in and what goes out by entering the amounts in the categories your accountant determines. A bookkeeping software, such as QuickBooks, is an easy way to keep up with this onerous task. Again, at the end of the year, you simply give your accountant a copy of your accounts for your taxes. Easy!
Good Records and Book Publishing
Book publishing demands good records and good record-keeping. If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, you have to be serious about the business of writing. Having your contracts vetted by a lawyer and having your financial accounts overseen by an accountant, you will be in a good position to build a strong business. Independent authors quickly realize that money is well-spent on each of these experts.