Philip Pullman, author of ‘His Dark Materials’ and current president of the Society of Authors, has called for writers to be rewarded with fairer wages for their work. The Society of Authors has released an open letter to publishers, pointing to a recent survey that showed the ‘median income of a professional author is now just £11,000, with only 11.5% of UK writers making a living solely from writing.’
An interesting read, though reading the publishers’ responses near the end of the article left me feeling somewhat disillusioned. The way they speak makes me think fairer wages aren’t coming to writers anytime soon. I’m seeing more and more why established authors always advise people to take the self-publishing route.
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