It's that time of the year again: today, one year and two days after we launched "The Artist as Culture Producer," I am sending 44 royalty checks to contributors of this book and for the fifth year in a row, 43 checks to contributors of "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life." These payments are relatively small for each book but the point is to pay artists, share royalties and secure for every contributor their own copyright for their essay -- not the norm in publishing for anthologies which I believe has to change. I'm so happy to do this! Next year, I will be sending another 87 checks and I hope to continue this practice for years to come. MANY THANKS to the contributors of these books for sharing their stories and to all who have supported (and continue to support) these projects. I'm deeply grateful!