Eagle eyed readers of this blog will have noticed that I have fallen foul of Google again; a repeat offender no less and such that my site is deemed unsuitable to carry any adverts.
This is irksome. I refute whatever transgressions I am accused of and I don’t have any inclinations (nor abilities) to have this decision reversed. Not being flash, but I can survive without the bountiful income of up to £2 per day, thank you very much and I will continue to blog without these rewards, so have no fear my reader/s.
This might sound glib and a little foolhardy. After all, every little helps… count the pennies… and as I said in my previous post on this subject, it is nice to see a tally being accumulated and especially in the context of projecting forward.
The Holy Grail of any of us workers is enjoying a royalty income. Income based on our past endeavours and which can be income in perpetuity for the likes of brand authors and say, movie stars.
Speaking of which, I write this post with a cheque (of check, it being a US variety) on my desk that warms my heart and more on in a moment or two.
Indeed as an author and writer of various radio and TV shows over the years, I can count myself in this hallowed category of worker. Every six months or so, I will receive a few emails from far flung places from people who have listened to my radio series, The Small World of Dominic Holland – six half hours shows of my stand up comedy. Such emails are always very welcome but pale against the excitement in anticipating the cheque that always accompanies such a broadcast. It depends on the territory of course – Belgium being the most recent country to put it out and this created an income for me of some £30.
God Bless, Belgium, I say. Nikki, tonight we eat out. Main courses only and no alcohol.
I have book royalties of course but despite my best efforts, these remain at best, paltry. And as an artiste, I cannot help imagining the largesse that other members of my profession must enjoy… JK Rowling springs to mind. Book sales (Asia) Quarter 3, 2019… $1m… Europe $1m… and so on and so forth and so much blinking money. Same thing for Elton John, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Danielle Steele, Steven King… and let us not forget Tom Holland.
There is much on-line speculation about Tom’s net worth and income, most of which is wildly inaccurate. But I write this post with this cheque/check in mind of which the payee is Tom Holland. It dates back to 30th November 2018 and remains uncashed which is irresponsible of me because I am sure that cheques eventually expire and the money is forfeited.
I didn’t cash it because it serves a much better purpose on my desk than at Tom’s disposal. As a reminder of life and how I must keep things in perspective. That the nerds at Google might be irritating (and they are) but no matter, because I don’t have things too bad. Not really.
The cheque is from a company called Universal City Studios and was delivered to our London home via Tom’s American agents. Accompanying the cheque (indeed affixed to it) is a statement explaining the income and its source, under a general heading, Residuals…
And the amount in question?
Or to be precise, $0.29
Tom is away at present making a film – which is just as well because on these kind of residuals, his future security is far from certain.
At the end of filming, it is traditional that the leading actor is given a present by the production company. This is usually something of a keepsake, a reminder of the film and is often framed.
This is not something that we have ever done for Tom – but I might make an exception in this instance. When this film is finished, Tom will have been away for a long time and we will have missed him. He might like to return home to a framed present that he can hang on his wall and I have the perfect thing in mind…
Because of Google and their impenetrable rules, the author of this post earns nothing from this writing. But he does however make a small income if either Eclipsed or I,Gabriel are bought via this site. Either book (or both) can be signed and dedicated and your support is greatly appreciated and will allow an artiste to continue striving against all the odds…