The details no one tells you about: Programs

When you become an author, there are little tips and tricks you pick up along the journey, at different times and from different people.

Some of these tips and tricks actually effect your pocketbook, so rather than assuming everyone knows about these, we wanted to provide a short list of things you should sign up for as soon as you have that first book out there in the real world.

This is the first of two posts on the subject, and is not meant to be exhaustive, we’re just sharing our knowledge. Each has its’ own details and requirements and deadlines, so please, read over the websites carefully to see if you can benefit.

If you have other National programs you think we should include, please add them in the comments below!

  1. The Public Lending Rights program:
    A Canada Council for the Arts program, the PLR program “distributes annual payments to Canadian authors through the Public Lending Right (PLR) Program as compensation for the free public access to their books in Canadian public libraries.”
  2. The Access Copyright program and Payback:
    This is an educational payback program, to compensate you for your published work that may be used in a classroom. Instead of tracking and paying for every book and article a teacher uses to teach, you register as an author and get paid a percentage every year. From their website:  “You will be eligible to receive our annual Payback payment. Each year, all eligible affiliates receive a share of the Payback payment depending on how much they contributed to the repertoire of works licensed by Access Copyright.”
  3. National Public Readings program:
    Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, this is one of the ways you can get booked and paid to present in schools. There are provincial versions of this program as well.

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