All quiet on the yuletide front?

CHRISTMAS comes but once a year, bringing with it, for freelances at least, too many unpaid days we are forced to take off, with no one around to interview or pitch to. To help you through these potentially unprofitable times, we commend to you Humphrey Evans' invaluable guide to surviving the Christmas season at

This Christmas season, there are some additional freelance-related things you might like to catch up on while it's all quiet on the work front:

  • If you haven't yet sorted out your entry for the NUJ's Freelance Directory, do it in the Yuletide downtime. Go to
  • If you haven't signed up with the Authors Licensing and Copyright Society (ALCS) yet, do it in the quiet period. ALCS distributes to authors who are are members the money due to them from library photocopying, etc. If you're already signed up, you have a deadline of 1 January 2009 to send them details of the "journal" articles you wrote between 2005 to the end of 2007. See
  • If you're an illustrator or a photographer, you get to do the same over the quiet period in the summer, instead, with the Design and Artists Copyright Society (
  • The British Library is moving some of its collections out of London ( so to catch up on those old journals and newspapers go to the British Library's St Pancras and Colindale sites, open daily except Sundays and 25, 26 and 28 December and 1 January, closing early on 31 December.
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