I'm just back from my library (West Hampstead), two books under my arm, boosting someone else's earnings for this year. Anyone in the London Camden region wanting to boost mine in return, two copies of my novel Slippery When Wet are available in the system.
My PLR (public lending right) returns are now in. Slippery has been my little earner for last year .... 794 loans from libraries nationwide in the five months that were counted since its issue . I've five books on the list, though one (my first novel On Bended Knees from 1992) has just dropped out of the system - shame.
It looks like 2008 till I get a significant income from this source, since both my books this year will come out after their early summer registration date. I've used the money to buy books in the past. This year I've gone cunning. My books are borrowed from the library rather than bought, and I spent the PLR money on a halfprice unlined moleskin jacket from John Lewis sale. With jeans and a t-shirt, it's the perfect writer's outfit.