Tuesday, June 30, 2009


For Immediate Release
Contact: Chelsea Baxter
CrystalPress.org - 805-527-4369

Accounting Pro Creates Recordkeeping Book for Freelance Writers

Accounting expert and writer Brigitte A. Thompson has written a new book to help freelance writers take control of their bookkeeping and finances.

“Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers,” published by Crystal Press, addresses issues writers face such as how to deduct travel expenses, determine taxable writing income and claim home office deductions. Written exclusively for writers, the book helps freelancers get organized, understand the federal tax code and reduce taxable income by maximizing legal deductions. Thompson shares tips from experienced writers and answers questions submitted by others.

Freelance writers are self-employed and sell their work to publishers, public relations departments, Web site owners, newspapers, media producers, advertising agencies and many other outlets.

“Making the leap from stable employment to freelance work opens the door to flexibility, but also requires a keen understanding of the intricacies of business operation including recordkeeping,” says Thompson. “Navigating through the bookkeeping required for a small business owner can be difficult. My book helps freelancers avoid the pitfalls.”

Thompson is the president of Datamaster Accounting Services, LLC, and author of numerous finance books. She has worked in the accounting field since 1986 and is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and Vermont Tax Practitioners Association. A freelance writer, Thompson’s articles have appeared nationally in print and online publications.


“A practical manual that covers far more than its title — not just bookkeeping but many other business aspects of running a freelance writing business in the U.S. I had to find all this out from trial and error — this book will give you a great head start.”
-- Shel Horowitz, author of Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers

“Becoming a freelance writer is really exciting, and it can be easy to get caught up in getting your business off the ground. But many creative types do their bookkeeping basics on the fly, or not at all. Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers explains how to track your expenses, file for taxes, and organize your business in an easy-to-understand way. More importantly, it helps freelancers understand that keeping the financial aspect of their business organized is just as critical to success as that first big article published in a national magazine.”
-- Amy Forstadt, Freelance Communications and Marketing Specialist

Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers
Brigitte A. Thompson
Available July 2009 ISBN 978-0-9632123-8-2 $17.95www.CrystalPress.org

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