Carol Topp, CPA and author speaking to a writers group
The following topics can be the basis of a seminar at a writers conference, a webinar, a workshop to a writers group or a radio /podcast interview. Each session can be modified to run from 15-60 minutes.
We can also arrange a virtual visit with your writers group using Skype. It works well if you have a strong internet connection and a way to project from a laptop.
” Thank you! I really enjoyed your workshop the best today. Your knowledge of the topic was exceptional. Your workshop was very insightful.”-Lorraine W., Greater Harvest Workshop participant
Contact Carol Topp for a workshop, Skype visit or interview
Click any of the topic titles for details and a handout
Author to Entrepreneur
When does an author become a entrepreneur? Or should an author even try to be an entrepreneur? What makes a successful author? Is the same criteria for succeeding as an entrepreneur? Author (and entrepreneur) Carol Topp will discuss the mindset and practices of authors that become entrepreneurs, what they have in common, and how they are different.
Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, Authors and Self-Publishers
You're in Business Before You Make Money
You’ve heard that writing is a business, but do you think that way? Author an accountant Carol Topp explains choices for your business structure as well as business start-up advice and record keeping tips for authors and publishers. She uses pictures and plain English to explain complex subjects like business and taxes. Download the handout
Book to Business
Think you don’t need business or tax advice until you make money from your writing? Think again. CPA and author Carol Topp will explain tax deductions you can take before you sell your first book. She will also help you understand different business structures and what is best for you. View slides here.
A book is more than words on a page (or screen). It’s a business! CPA and author Carol Topp will explain the three steps to set up a business and will help you understand different business structures and what is best for you.
How You (or Your Child) Can Become a Published Author
Writing as a Ministry
It is easier than ever to become a publisher author. If you have something to say, write it down and tell the world. Author, Carol Topp will show you how to do it quickly and inexpensively. As the author of Business Tips and Taxes for Writers,
and other titles, Carol will explain the process to become a published author. Get session for teenagers. View handout here
Marketing and Social Media
If you write as part of a ministry of service to other, are you running a business or a nonprofit organization? The pros and cons of forming a nonprofit organization as part of your writing ministry.
Download the handout here
“Thank you! I really enjoyed your workshop the best today. Your knowledge of the topic was exceptional. Your workshop was very insightful.”-Lorraine W., Greater Harvest Workshop participant
Hobby Writing: Pros, Cons and the IRS
Carol Topp, author of 10 non-fiction books will share what marketing techniques have worked well for her. She will also cover blogging and social media and how an author can best use them both. Plenty of ideas, tips and examples from other authors are included. View handout here.
Taxes for Authors (or Writers or Self-Published Authors)
When does your writing hobby become a business? When do you need to report hobby income to the IRS and what can a hobby writer deduct on his/her tax return? View the slides here.
“So valuable! Writers need this information but it is so hard to find. Your presentation was well-organized with a great foundation, clear examples, etc.”- Kim V., Dayton(OH) Christian Scribes
When Does an Author Need a CPA?
Federal income tax, self-employment tax and sales tax are all discussed as well as tax deductions and record keeping tips to make your life easier. Not as dull as it sounds and loaded with examples! View handout here
How a CPA can be an author’s ally regarding taxes, business entity choice, record keeping simplification and improving profits.
Authors and the IRS
How the IRS sees authors, trouble spots to avoid and audit flags.
LLC: Yes or No for You?
You may have heard about forming your business as an LLC, but wonder when or if its right for you. Carol Topp, CPA discusses the pros, cons, costs and benefits of LLC status for writers and self-publishers.
S Corporation: Yes or No for You?
You may have heard about incorporation your business as an S corp, but wonder when or if its right for you. Carol Topp, CPA discusses the pros, cons, costs and benefits of S corporation status for writers and publishers.
Make Business Record Keeping a Breeze
Small business owners want to spend time on running their business, not record keeping. Carol offers tips to make record keeping easier.
Contact Carol via email to arrange an interview or book her for your convention or writers group visit.
Honorarium: Travel expenses from Cincinnati, Ohio including hotel reimbursed. Speaker honorarium negotiable.