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Understanding Your ALCS Statement

Understanding Your ALCS Statement

I love this time of year. March is when we get our free money from the ALCS. Free money? Oh, yes! However, from the many comments I’ve seen on social media, not everyone understands their ALCS statement. Many simply look at how much they’re getting and then file it ready for their tax return. But having a clearer understanding of what you’re receiving the money for may help ensure you claim everything to which you’re entitled. What is ALCS? The…

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Taxing Transformations

Taxing Transformations

Remember the plans for quarterly tax returns? Simon Whaley finds out what writers need to do now, in preparation. If there’s one piece of writing most of us detest it’s completing our tax return. So when George Osborne announced in November 2015 the Making Tax Digital scheme, whereby self-employed people, such as writers, may need to complete quarterly tax returns, many feared the worst. How much of our future writing time would be gobbled up by the need to be…

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Letter Feedback

Letter Feedback

It’s always nice when a reader writes in to a magazine’s letters page to comment on an article you’ve written (hopefully, for the right reasons!). So I was especially delighted today when my copy of Writing Magazine fell through the letter box that two different readers had written in to say how much they’d enjoyed reading two different features I’d written for the August and October issues of Writing Magazine. My thanks go to Annie Percik and Caroline Smith for…

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Agent Attraction

Agent Attraction

Attracting an agent can be the start of a long business relationship. Simon Whaley flirts with two agents to learn more about the wooing process. At this time of year many literary agents are talking Frankfurt. The Frankfurt Book Fair is one of the biggest gatherings of publishing professionals in the world. Over 600 agents from more than 300 agencies from over 30 countries will get together around tables at its Literary Agent and Scout Fair to negotiate rights and…

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Conquering Challenges

Conquering Challenges

Just like paralympians, writers with disabilities strive to achieve their goals on a daily basis. Simon Whaley chats to two writers about how disability influences their writing business. After the spectacle of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games comes the Paralympic Games, where athletes with physical disabilities show the world what they’re capable of. Not all disabilities are physical, something Prince Harry focussed on during this year’s recent Invictus Games, but living with a disability creates a range of challenges…

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Festival Fever

Festival Fever

Most of us love a good writing workshop, and for an hour or two we’re in heaven. But why go to one when we could have a whole weekend or even a week of them? Three key writers’ conferences take place between the end of July through to the beginning of September, giving delegates a plethora of workshops and talks in which to immerse themselves.

Business of Writing – Time Travel

Business of Writing – Time Travel

  Writing for print publications means working several months ahead. Simon Whaley explains why writers need their own time-travelling Tardis. Doctor Who might be one of the world’s most famous time travellers, but any writer hoping to see their words printed in a weekly, monthly or quarterly publication needs to be a little adept at the time-travel practice too. Welcome to the July 2016 issue of Writing Magazine, published in June. While we’re currently enjoying the warm, balmy days leading…

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Foreign Export Markets

Foreign Export Markets

Writing Magazine – May 2016 The UK magazine market is vast, but there’s a bigger world out there. Simon Whaley investigates exporting to foreign markets In America, May is World Trade Month when companies are encouraged to export their goods and services to new markets right around the globe. When it comes to the business of writing, we’re fortunate our native tongue is the official language in over 60 sovereign countries, and widely used in many others.

Understanding Your Contract

Understanding Your Contract

UNDERSTANDING YOUR AUTHOR CONTRACT Secured a publishing deal? Simon Whaley puts on his business head to assess its implications. On 30th April 2003 I received my first author contract. Hodder & Stoughton wanted to publish my One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human. It was a day of mixed emotions. There was uncontainable excitement that I was having a book be published. And then, as I flicked through all 14 pages of the contract, a sense of…

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