Thanks to this blog post, I now know Ship of Dreams can be found in libraries all over the U.S., in Great Britain, Australia, and Germany. Out of print? Yes. Out of reach? Never!
A check arrived this week that left me so excited I burst into tears.
It wasn’t the amount on the check — $491.00 Canadian — but its source, a Canadian gift to authors called the Public Lending Right Program. If your books qualify, (only those published within the last 20 years), you can register your work and receive, in effect, a royalty paid out once a year for the public’s use of your books through Canadian libraries.
The enrolment period is open now, until May 1. Maybe your works qualify!
I was also thrilled to receive a payment that didn’t feel covered with blood and sweat, the way so much of my work now does.
The publishing/journalism business today too often feels less like a creative endeavor than a protracted and wearying battle — rates remain low, publishers pay late and editors refuse to negotiate contracts that…
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