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Sign up to ALCS: a member got £5000 in free money, except they earned it!

A MEMBER WRITES in response to our story about this year's ALCS payments: they "sent me just over £5000 a couple of months ago - a personal best. I'm in training to better it next time."

ALCS is the Authors' Licensing And Collecting Society. These payments come from the sale of photocopying, scanning and digital reuse to businesses, libraries, government agencies and such in UK and, via similar collecting societies in dozens of other countries, around the world. When registering an article you need to supply a word count because the payments are made one the basis of words published rather than number of items.

As we noted, the ALCS fund for magazine, book and online freelance writers increased again this year, with a record £26 million paid out in March to – another record – 90,000 members.

Go to the ALCS website, join if you have not done so already, and claim what you’re entitled to. Is the reward worth the time it takes, you may ask: depending on the number of items you’re registering the admin takes maybe 10 minutes a month or two hours a year, according to taste.