Friday, 21 December 2012

A Few Important Reminders That Pay You...

This will be my last blog post for a week, I'm taking some time-off to recharge my batteries and catch up with some reading- as well as sorting presents and organising food for the hungry horde (my OH and growing children- if only they would stop growing :-) ).

Before you finish for the year you might want to make sure that you've added everything you need to add to your ALCS (Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society) page. You'll find some of the available downloads useful. And best of all if you have any qualifying work it will eventually mean you'll get payments.

A big thank you to writer Vivian Hampshire who mentioned DACS on the Talkback forum.

This is similar to ALCS but for visual artists- and if you're a writer who has had your photos or artwork used in a UK magazine, in books, or broadcast on certain TV channels, then you may be eligible for future payments.

You have to claim each year, and it's too late for 2012's Payback, but it will relaunch in summer 2013, so if you're eligible sign up now ready for next year.

So remember:

  "If you are a photographer, illustrator, sculptor, cartoonist, fine artist, animator, architect, designer or craftsperson, and your work has been reproduced in UK publications or on UK television, you can claim your royalties due."

So find out more here.

Don't forget PLR (Public Lending Rights), register your print books there- do it by the end of June each year.

E-books currently don't qualify for payment, but I was told by the Licencing section of the ALCS this week to submit the details so they were on record; even very short stories in anthologies qualify.

Who knows, if there's enough presence of e-books, and library lending of e-books becomes more widely available, it may help the case for future payments- it's been recommended that library loans for e-books should get PLR, but it's not been put into action yet.

Merry Christmas...

image courtesy of digitalart/


Rosemary Gemmell said...

A very good reminder, Carol - I already knew about ALCS beacsue I'm in the society of Authors, but I'm sure there are many who don't! Have a wonderful Christmas.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Sorry - typed 'because' far too quickly!

Helen Baggott said...

Until Viv mentioned it I wasn't aware of DACS either - I shall certainly be sifting through my articles and checking the images.

Have a lovely Christmas!

liz young said...

Neither apply to me yet, but here's hoping for 2013. Happy Christmas, Carol x Liz

Teresa Ashby said...

Timely reminder, Carol, thank you :-) Happy Christmas x

Keith Havers said...

Thanks for that, Carol. Have a good break. See you at the workshop on the 2nd.

Carolb said...

Have a wonderful Christmas, Rosemary.

Helen, I suspect there are a lot of people who weren't aware of DACS.
Hope it turns out to be beneficial.
Merry Christmas.

Fingers crossed for your future, Lizy. Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas, Teresa.

Thanks, Keith. See you in the New Year. I'm sure 2013 will continue to be as successful for you as this year has been.
Merry Christmas.

Patsy said...

I didn't know about the picture one, Carol. Will investigate.

Happy Christmas.