Brigitte Thompson, Author and Accountant

Ah . . . April, the season of rejuvenation. It’s such a wonderful time of year for areas where it’s Spring. I have a sycamore tree right outside my house and it’s full of buds! Along with such a wonderful time of year, I have the pleasure of featuring author Brigitte Thompson.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Brigitte, she is the founder and President of Datamaster Accounting Services, LLC. She has been active in the field of accounting since 1986 and is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and the Vermont Tax Practitioners Association.

A prolific writer, Brigitte is the author of several business books, contributing author and freelance writer specializing in accounting topics.

Her business has been featured in best selling book by Paul & Sarah Edwards, The Entrepreneurial Parent, and in Mompreneurs Online by Patricia Cobe & Ellen Parlapiano.

In addition to having a thriving business and being a published author, Brigitte lives in, what sounds to me like an ideal spot, the Green Mountains of Vermont. She lives there with her husband and three children.

But, there's much more to this accomplished woman. Brigitte took her accounting know-how and wrote an invaluable book for writers, Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers.

Check out the synopsis for this must-have writer’s tool:

Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers addresses issues writers face daily such as how to
deduct travel expenses, determine taxable writing income, and claim home office deductions.

Navigating through the recordkeeping required for a small business owner can be difficult. This
book is written exclusively for those of us who earn money by writing. It includes useful
information to help interpret the complexities of our federal tax code and proven techniques to
reduce taxable income.

Throughout the book we have included tips from both new and seasoned writers. In the Tips for
Success feature writers share the wisdom they have acquired over time. In the Writer’s Block
feature you will discover specific questions writers have submitted which, when answered, help
clarify points made about that topic.

You will also find that each part of this book works together to assist you in forming your overall
business plan. Each chapter steps through a comprehensive plan that works as a building block
towards a successful writing business.


Now, as an author and freelance writer I know how many questions cross our minds as we earn a living, or even supplemental income, from writing. Well, Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers will answer all those questions.

But, don’t take my word, here are three amazing reviews:

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

Writers everywhere will be so happy to find this book! I am a writer, not a bookkeeper, but
bookkeeping is a big part of being a writer. Unfortunately, many writers do not have
bookkeeping or business skills.

This book can help you tremendously with forming your business, setting up what you need
to do legally, choosing a name, and documenting your income for the IRS. The forms
included in this book are invaluable and make the process much easier and streamlined,
including a freelance contract and subcontractor agreement.

Save yourself much time and aggravation and use this book and the forms included to begin
your successful writing career today!
    Michelle Dunn, columnist and author of eight books in the collecting money series


Okay, okay, I know as a writer you’ll want to have this book for your own, so here’s the information to get a copy of Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers:

Amazon Link:

Brigitte, I want to say THANK YOU for being my featured guest today.


Vivian Zabel said...

I think I need some of Brigitte's books. As the head of a small publishing house and trying to do all the bookkeeping and everything myself. I certainly could use help.

Thanks, Karen, for the post.

Karen Cioffi said...

Wow, Vivian, I had no idea your were taking on that responsibility also. I'm sure Brigitte's books would be a help.

Martha said...

What perfect timing to find out about your book. Sounds like a book every writer needs.
Martha Swirzinski

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks for a comprehensive post, Karen. Brigitte is someone all writers need to know about. Keep up the great work, Brigitte!

Anonymous said...

We need organizational tools. Me, I'm a bit discombooberated. I need to do a better job at bookkeeping and looking for those legal writeoffs that I'm not aware of.

Stephen Tremp

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

As a writer who didn’t have a clue about bookkeeping, I bought "Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers" and found it full of all sorts of helpful hints.

Nancy Famolari said...

Very informative post, Karen. I think we could all use the accounting tools. I'll have to check out the book!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Karen, it's exciting to learn more about you. Such a valuable book for writers! I, of course, tweeted this.


Karen Cioffi said...

Hey, All, thanks for stopping by. It seems we all need Brigitte's book!

Unknown said...

Great post Karen. Super reviews on your book, Brigitte. I love Vermont-used to ski there years ago.

Janet Ann Collins said...

It's about time someone wrote a book like that. Most writers weren't great at math, so we can use a lot of help in related areas.

Karen Cioffi said...

Kathy, Janet, and Dana, Thanks for stopping by. I use to be an accountant, but you know the old saying: If you don't use it, you lose it. Well, I can tell you it's true!

Unknown said...

What a valuable resource. I'll be purchasing my own copy this weekend. As a new author, I have no clue what I need to do in the area of accounting. With it being "tax season", it's on my mind for next year. Thank you for sharing this.

Karen Cioffi said...

Mari, I'm sure you'll get good use of Brigitte's book!

Accountant, Author & Freelance Writer said...

Karen, Thank you for putting together this wonderful interview.

Understanding the tax laws and recordkeeping required is not always the priority when starting your writing business. However, learning what is and is not deductible can save you time and money!

This book breaks it all down into easy to follow steps and guides you in creating a business plan as well.

VBT members, I am giving away a free copy of my book at the end of April to one lucky writer. Tell me how or why you could use this book to benefit your writing business.

You can post this on my Facebook wall by following this link: If you are not on FB,send me an email at

Thanks again :)

Accountant, Author & Freelance Writer said...


I worked for a small publisher in the 1980s then went on to form my own publishing company in the 1990s. There is a lot to do!

I know you will find this book helpful as a writer and as a publisher. Thank you for leaving a post here.

Accountant, Author & Freelance Writer said...

- Martha, Yes this is a great time of year to think about organizing your business information.

- Debra, Thank you so much for your positive feedback :) I enjoyed answering the 3 Qs for your blog.

- Yes, Stephen, there are many legal deductions you can claim as business expenses. You need to know what they are and what recordkeeping is required in order to claim them. Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers has all that - and more :)

Accountant, Author & Freelance Writer said...

- Jane - Thank you for buying the book. Glad you found the information helpful.

- Nancy - If you have any questions about the book, please feel free to email me anytime at writersinbusiness (at) juno (dot) com.

- Carolyn, Thank you for the Tweet :)

- Kathy, Yes, Vermont is a great place to live. I've been here my entire life and can't imagine living anywhere else.


Accountant, Author & Freelance Writer said...

- Dana, Feel free to visit my blog at to learn more about the book and meet some amazing writers!

- Janet, That is exactly why I wrote the book. There's a huge need for this sort of information. Thank you for posting.

- Mari, As a new writer there is so much to learn. Reading Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers will get you started on the right financial path.

Dallas said...

What a great post! "Bookkeeping for Writers" sounds invaluable for any writer.

Accountant, Author & Freelance Writer said...

Thank you Dallas :)

Karen Cioffi said...

Hey, Brigitte,

It was my pleasure. And, that's great that you're giving one of your books to a lucky winner this month.

Kristi's Book Nook said...

This is great information. Your book is on my list of things to buy. Thanks for sharing.

Accountant, Author & Freelance Writer said...

Thank you Karen & Kristi :)