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Making the Most of Everything You Write

May 1st, 2015

jan-halstead-blogFirst, thanks to Karen for last week’s blog. I know that attending such a large book fair can seem a little intimidating if you are new to writing. But, as you saw from Karen’s report, it can be an interesting day out and pay dividends with the contacts you make.

This week it was great to hear from Jan Halstead (pictured) who is getting to the end of her Creative Writing Course. She had this to say:

My writer’s earnings since my last assignment total £2,719.93, but I have to confess that most of this is because I joined the ALCS which you can backdate for 3 years. So the ALCS, bless ’em, accounts for £2,624.93 of that.

I was also one of two runners up in a short story competition run jointly between the Historic Houses Association and Corazon Books. This won me a year’s HHA membership but, more interestingly, Corazon Books are bringing out an e-anthology containing the three prize winning stories plus seven others.’

Congratulations to Jan on her short story competition success but it was the first paragraph that triggered a thought. It may seem odd, but a great many writers forget about the income they could earn from the ALCS (the Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society). According to their website: “ALCS is a membership organisation for writers run by its Members, for its Members” … which “protects and promotes the rights of authors writing in all disciplines and ensures authors receive fair payment for the various uses of their work.”

As a member you will received payment for the photocopying, scanning  and digital copying of your work (for example, if businesses, schools and colleges or government departments request to reproduce your work).

In addition, if you have books published in certain overseas countries you will be eligible for PLR (Public Lending Right) if they are stocked in libraries there and the ALCS will collect this payment on your behalf and distribute it to you.

There are other instances where your work will be eligible for payment – check out their website to find out more. Lifetime membership costs only £36 so it may  be something that is worth looking into if you are already a published author.

And moving on, don’t forget that the closing date for our Limerick Competition has been extended until after the Bank Holiday to give you time to work on your verses. But if you intend to enter, your Limerick must reach us by Tuesday, 5th May as the deadline won’t be extended again.

My guest next week is Writers Bureau tutor Esther Newton, someone who many of you will already be familiar with. She’s currently running a flash fiction competition and she’ll be describing how success in a competition started her career as a writer.




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