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Invoicing INSTRUCTIONS

If you write for money, you need to make arrangements for payment. Simon Whaley dots the Is and crosses the Ts when it comes to issuing an invoice.

THE BUSINESS OF WRITING

In last September’s issue I chatted to Carolyn Henderson about the experience she had when taking a publisher to court for money she was owed. Such drastic action for most writers is rare, but it’s useful to know there’s a system in place for when things don’t go to plan.

However, many writers experience problems with payments purely because they’re unsure how to issue an invoice for their work in the first place. When it comes to the business of writing, being paid should be a simple transaction. A few basic invoicing steps can go a long way to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Confusion often arises because magazines and publishers all operate slightly different systems. For example, I’ve never invoiced DC Thomson for any of my features or fiction pieces that have appeared in The People’s Friend or The Weekly News, and I’ve always been paid promptly. Yet I know other writers who also write for these publications and have always invoiced, because that’s what they’ve been told to do.

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