Category Archives: Business Advice

Writers’ Guild Event: Meet the Agents

Do you want to know what an agent can do for your writing?

Writers’ Guild Great Britain is holding a special event (Monday 1 June 2015 at 7pm) to help you find out about the role of agents in a writer’s career.

A panel of agents from different agencies will speak about:

• The role of an agent
• Whether an agent is essential for your career as a writer
• When you should start looking for an agent
• The best way to approach an agent when you’re ready.

The panel discussion will close with an audience Q&A.

We’re pleased to be able to welcome again to the panel Meg Davis from Ki Agency.

The remaining panel members will be announced over the coming weeks.

Tickets are free to members of the WGGB, and for non-members will cost £10 (£5 concessions), plus a small ticket-handling fee.

Entry to the event includes a free drink afterwards.

The event takes place at St Albans Centre, London EC1. Find out more and book your ticket.

Event takes place: 1 June 2015 at 7pm

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Page

Advice from BBC Writersroom: How to get an agent

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.

Source: BBC Writersroom

Free Tax Talk for Freelancers (Ideastap Spa)

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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.

OneKX, 120 Cromer St
London WC1H 8BS
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Full Description: The event will cover:

  • 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.

Source:  Ideastap e-newsletter