Table of Contents

(see a detailed  Table Of Contents )

Chapter One: Writing As a Hobby

Chapter Two: Writing as a Ministry

Chapter Three: Sole Proprietorships

Chapter Four: Partnerships

Chapter Five: Corporations

Chapter Six: Limited Liability Companies

Chapter Seven: Financial Planning for Your Business

Chapter Eight: Organizing Business Records

Chapter Nine: A Simple Bookkeeping Method

Chapter Ten: Record Keeping Software

Chapter Eleven: Inventory

Chapter Twelve: Sales Tax

Chapter Thirteen: Income Tax

Chapter Fourteen: Working with an accountant

Chapter Fifteen: Mistakes Authors & Publishers Make

Chapter Sixteen: Expert Advice from Authors

Chapter Seventeen: Resources


“Carol Topp’s Business Tips and Taxes for Writers is essential for setting up your business, minimizing your mistakes, and maximizing your profits!”  -Cathy Diez-Luckie, publisher at

I read Carol Topp’s book, Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, and kept thinking, “Now I understand! Why didn’t someone explain it that way before?” Carol has a knack for making confusing topics clear and putting complex subjects such as taxes and inventory in a nutshell. Her book is an easy, but essential, read.  -Mary Hood, Ph.D., Author of “The Relaxed Home School” ,

“Carol’s skills as a teacher and communicator are evident in her well-written books and speaking engagements. She is a joy to work with and is always well-prepared and well-versed in her subjects. I highly recommend her.” —Sharon Siepel, author of Essential Survival Guide to Living on Your Own

A must read for authors!  Carol Topp makes these difficult concepts easy to understand. Business Tips and Taxes for Writers is full of helpful information encouraging writers to be able to run a profitable business. -JoJo Tabares, Author of Say What You Mean series

“This book is THE book I have been looking for since I began writing. This is a handy reference for those who are ready to take their writing seriously and get busy building a successful business. Every page is packed full of applicable information—TODAY! This information is so needed by busy writers of blogs, articles, or books. Everything you could ever need to know is covered—from setting up your business, learning how to claim your expenses and profits, what’s required and how to make record keeping a breeze—it is all covered in this dynamic book. This quick read will save you money immediately. And, believe me, you’ll be referencing this book often. Just like a personal CPA all along the way.” —Cindy Rushton, writer, speaker,business coach, and radio show host.

“This book is a must-have for authors. Even non-authors with an interest in starting their own business will benefit from Carol’s knowledge. Easy to read (not full of accountant lingo), well organized & thorough. As the owner of a bookkeeping firm that caters to small businesses, I highly recommend this book!” —Dena Martin, Smooth Sailing Bookkeeping


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