Erin Green Author - blog
This is my act of kindness for today. If you're a UK author and you haven't updated or registered your book details with the Public Lending Right gods then go, now and do it ... the deadline is midnight on Friday, 30th June.
If you are a UK author and you just *sniffed* at me and are still sitting here reading this, then I don't think you quite understand what you are entitled to.
If you have published a book within the UK, and its available/connected to the UK library system then you are given a tiny 'thank you' payment each time a lovely library-users borrows your publication. Be it a paperback, ebook or audio format. The tiny little payment can be as small as 9 pence for each borrow or last year, it was a whooping 32 pence per borrow. You receive the annual payment in the middle of February, very nice just after Christmas! Now I don't usually talk money, but in year one of being a published author I received a small payment for my first book, which was a surprise but big enough to pay for a couple of weeks of food shopping. Obviously, I didn't buy food, I treated myself, but you get my drift. Each year it has increased, quite considerably, much to my delight in book writing, (currently having ten published books). Over recent years my PLR payment has actually paid for all my writers' retreat jollies. Seriously, and you know how much I love a writers' retreat jolly! In 2021, I attended five retreats - though I didn't attend any last year due to ill health.
Still sitting here, UK author? Please don't ... go and register for your Public Lending Rights - you can thank me in February!