One of the best things about finally getting my first commissions was the idea that I could call myself a professional writer. That's a little sad, I know. But who wouldn't get a kick from taking that significant step.
And part of that, for me, involved getting an IMDB entry. Becoming a "proper" member of the WGGB. And signing up to the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).
Getting those first little payments through was delightful. I believe I may even have blogged, in the excitement.
But the amazing thing is that the money keeps rolling in. It's still not a fortune, but it's beginning to add up to significant sums of money.
Now, I don't say this to boast about my new-found wealth. I say this because I have been shocked to discover writers who haven't joined. This is money for old rope. It costs not a penny to join. And, if you've ever had anything commissioned for the tellybox, then there's probably a small purse with your name on it waiting to be collected.
Don't delay. Join ALCS today.