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Forming an Entity: When Should Authors Create an LLC or S Corp?

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Your writing career is a business, but is it beneficial to incorporate? Many authors are best served by operating as sole proprietorships, but there are many circumstances that can make it advantageous to form an LLC or S corp. Entertainment lawyer Daniel Sheerin will join us to discuss the legal requirements and ramifications of forming an entity as an author, and we’ll hear about the potential tax benefits of doing so from accountant Robert Pesce, treasurer of the Authors Guild Foundation. Moderated by Erin Lowry.

This webinar will address questions such as:

  • At what income threshold is it worth it to form an entity?
  • How much more complicated will my taxes be?
  • Does incorporating protect me personally in the event of a lawsuit?
  • When is an LLC or S corp better for an author?


A Q&A will follow the presentation; you can pre-submit a question when registering for the event.

The event will take place via Zoom with automatic closed captioning. To request any other accessibility features, please contact us and we will make every effort to accommodate.


Daniel Sheerin is an entertainment associate at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. His practice centers on entertainment and intellectual property law matters, with a focus on television, film, book publishing and digital media. Drawing on his background in both corporate law and creative ventures, he provides comprehensive and collaborative representation to his clients, who include production companies, publishers, artists and entrepreneurs.

Robert M. Pesce is a partner in Marcum’s Tax & Business Services division and the National Partner-in-Charge of its Accounting Services Group. He has an outstanding reputation for developing strong relationships with clients in the entertainment industry as well as professional services firms. His ability for successfully working with actors, authors and agencies led to his instrumental role in the founding of the Firm’s Media and Entertainment group. Mr. Pesce serves as Treasurer of the Authors Guild Foundation.

Erin Lowry is the author of the three-part Broke Millennial series including: Broke MillennialBroke Millennial Takes On Investing, and Broke Millennial Talks Money: Scripts, Stories and Advice to Navigate Awkward Financial Conversations. Her first book was named by MarketWatch as one of the best money books of 2017 and her style is often described as refreshing and conversational. Erin’s been featured in The New York TimesWall Street Journal and on CBS Sunday Morning, CNBC, and The Rachael Ray Show. She has written for The New York TimesUSA Today, and Bloomberg Opinion. Erin also regularly speaks at universities and conferences around the country. She spent most of her childhood living in Asia, but is now settled in New York City with her husband and their rambunctious dog.