Thursday, September 25, 2008

September 2008 ALCS payout

A guest post from Gail Renard, Chair of the Guild's TV Committee:

The latest ALCS payout was distributed last week and, as we know, writers are always glad to receive money. The ALCS is a worthy organisation but I’d recommend checking your statement carefully, which is a pretty good general rule for any payment you receive from any company.

The digital age is upon us, and we’re all (with luck and a prevailing wind) going to be receiving more and more micro-payments from more and more different sources. Writers are notorious for sticking their heads in the sand and hyperventilating when it comes to finance, but now’s a great time to change.

None of these payments, including those from ALCS, are gifts from the writing gods. They’re a legitimate, negotiated part of your writing fee, which you’ve earned by the sweat of your computer. Mistakes do happen, even in the best of companies, so if there’s something you don’t understand, ask!

And, should you have a query about your ALCS statement, or were expecting money and didn’t get it, please get in touch with ALCS. I’m sure they’ll be happy to help.

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