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Tonight, we attended the webinar entitled Business Tips for Writers and Publishers”. Sponsored by the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS), this webinar was presented by Brian Jud and Carol Topp.

You’ve heard that writing is a business, but do you act that way? Author and accountant, Carol Topp, shares business start-up advice, record keeping tips and choices of business structure for authors and self-publishers. She uses pictures and plain English to explain complex subjects like business and taxes.

Carol Topp, CPA, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and author who specializes in tax preparation, small/micro business accounting, and nonprofit accounting. Carol was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Engineering. She worked for the US Navy as a cost analyst before obtaining her CPA license in 2000.

Through her writing, speaking and consulting, Carol converts tax rules and business language into clear, easy-to-understand English for readers. She is the is the author 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. In addition, 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.

Carol is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), the tax expert for the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) and the Ohio Society of CPAs Speakers Bureau and has presented numerous workshops on money management, business start up, taxes, and budgeting to various community, writers, and nonprofit organizations. Her greatest compliment was from an audience member who said (after sitting for 90 minutes) that he had stayed interested the entire time! That’s pretty high praise for a CPA!

Carol Topp has been married to her husband, Dave, for 30 years and they have two daughters. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where she enjoys traveling, art museums, hiking and books! Her websites include and

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