Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar: Business Tips and Taxes for Writers and Illustrators with Author, CPA, Carol Topp

Date(s) - 11/10/2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Carol-ToppCPAYou’ve heard that writing is a business, but do you know how to run a business? Author and accountant, Carol Topp, CPA, explains choices for your business structure as well as business start-up advice and record keeping tips for authors and illustrators.

Carol claims she can explain federal income tax in clear English. Join us and hear her try! She will discuss tax deductions and special tax rules for authors and publishers. As the author of Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, Carol will share stories from her experiences with working with authors and illustrators at every level from hobbyist to thriving publishers.

This session is loaded with examples to make your writing or illustrating business less taxing.



Attendees will learn:

·         What business structure is best for them

·         Record keeping tips

·         Tax deductions for writers and illustrators

·         How to understand sales tax

Carol Topp, CPA, is a Cincinnati-based Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and author who specializes in tax preparation, small/micro business accounting, and nonprofit accounting. Through her writing, speaking and consulting, Carol converts tax rules and business language into clear, easy-to-understand English for readers. She is the author of several books including Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, the Micro Business for Teens series and Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out.Cover250pix

She is a contributing author in Writers Digest’s 2014 Writers Market and the new Writers Digest Guide to Self Publishing. Carol has also published several magazine articles, hosts a podcast at, and was the host for Starting a Micro Business, a public television program based on her book. Her websites include and


The Texas SCBWI webinar series is a joint effort by all the Texas SCBWI chapters: Austin, Brazos Valley, Houston, North Texas, and Southwest Texas. Our aim is to provide the best learning opportunities for a low cost to members and non-members.

The fee for the webinar is $10 for members, $35 for non-members. (Non-members, if you would like to become a member prior to registering, go to Members: Login to get the discounted rate.

The fee includes access to a recording of the webinar, so if you can't participate live, still register so you can view the recording. Registered attendees will be emailed a link for the webinar prior to the live event. The recording will be accessible for two weeks at that same link 24 hours after the live webinar.

The webinar time is 7-8:30 p.m. central time (U.S.).

Look out for more webinars coming soon.

If there are topics or speakers you'd like to see in future webinars, email Austin SCBWI Regional Advisor Samantha Clark or North Texas Regional Advisor Carol Barreyre.