Check out the live stream of Bloomsbury’s Commissioning Editor for Plays, Dom O’Hanlon talking through how to get your play, play companion and more published. Dom will explain how the process works for this unique area of publishing and how your ideas can make it into print.
The BBC Writersroom has posted a new column from Sally Stott about one of the big career questions for young and emerging writers: How do I get an agent?
There won’t be many surprises here for writers who have researched this topic before, although the piece is a good introduction and helpfully provides links to submission guidelines for Berlin Associates, David Higham Associates, and MBA.
The biggest takeaway is DON’T wait for an agent to get serious about your work. Enter competitions, produce your own plays – find any means you can to build your experience and strengthen your writing. This experience is what will ultimately win you an agent, but it seems the best way to demonstrate you are ready for representation is to show what you can accomplish without it.
If you’ve started making some money from your writing and have no idea how to handle your tax responsibilities, here’s an opportunity for some free advice. Ideastap will be running a Spa Event titled ‘The Business: Tax Talk for Freelancers‘ with Bambridge accountants on Tuesday 24 September from 6.00-7.30pm.
Join creative industry financial advisors Bambridge Accountants for a session covering the basics of tax for the self-employed, breaking down the concepts, timelines, documents, numbers and requirements involved.
Self-employed status: what work the HMRC defines as “self-employed” (and why)
Registering: getting setup and obtaining a Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number
Documentation: contracts, receipts, what to keep and why
National Insurance contributions: how it works and how to pay
Tax Returns: how to file and what you can reasonably claim
Saving & Paying: advice on paying the tax man when your employer doesn’t do it for you
This event open to all disciplines will be tailored for the creative industries. Bear in mind independent bespoke advice could likely be needed beyond this event, but bring your questions and general concerns on tax and finance to understand all those things you’ve been ignoring for months.
How to book: Tickets can be booked for free through the event webpage here:
About the facilitators: Bambridge Accountants LLP is an accounting, business consulting and tax advisory practice who specialise in the creative industrires, including actors, dancers, theatre, new media and US tax. It is a member firm of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Looking after the financial and fiscal needs of many clients, they focus relationships on trust, understanding and independence, through the provision of cost effective, timely and relevant advice.