Well Known Authors
Well-known authors who have fallen on hard times are applying to an emergency pension fund for writers because they are unable to persuade publishers to reprint their works.
Nicola Solomon, chief executive of the Society of Authors, warned that applications to the body’s pension fund, intended to tide over those writer in distress, are increasingly being made by name authors.
Ms Solomon said that the annual income of professional authors has fallen to £11, 000, a figure well below the level identified by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as necessary to achieve a socially acceptable standard of living (£16, 850).
She told the Bookseller Author Day: “Last week I saw the requests for assistance from our Pension Fund, which offers a bursary of around £2, 000 a year to authors who have fallen on hard times. I was struck by the number of once well-known writers who apply.”
Ms Solomon said authors would have a better chance of earning a decent living if contracts weren’t stacked in favour of their publishers. Many sit on an author’s backlist, traditionally the source of a reliable long-term income for mid-range writers, declining to republish their works or send fresh copies to stores. “Some of them (pension fund applicants) could perhaps be earning more if they could have access to their own work, ” she said.
The Society was recently left the estate of Catherine Gaskin, an Irish–Australian romance novelist. “When she died all her work was out of print. We reverted the works and are earning around £7, 000 a year per title from republishing them. That’s far more than we are offering in pensions – yet many of our authors are unable to persuade publishers to revert the rights to even quite moribund titles. That means that works are out of commerce which could be earning money for authors and for the economy.”
The Society wants a “use it or lose it” clause, currently operating in France, so that publishers are not allowed to refuse to republish works indefinitely. “Self-publishing is now a viable business for many authors if the rights revert to them, ” Ms Solomon said.
Henry Bingham, author of the Fiona Griffiths series of crime novels, said: “I previously wrote seven books for HarperCollins which they were no longer actively marketing and I offered to buy the rights back at market value. The books probably made a loss for the firm but they refused to sell them back at any price.”blog apps blog article blog a bull blog about mental health blog about life blog apa citation blog aggregator blog builder blog biz bootcamp blog background blog banner blog biz bootcamp reviews blog bio examples blog barking 123 recall blog creator blog content blog camera blog counter strike blog creation blog categories blog clipart blog computer definition blog definition blog design blog def blog definition and example blog definition computer blog define blog disney blog design ideas blog examples blog entry blog examples for students blog entry examples blog etymology blog editor blog emoji blog en espanol blog feed initials blog feed format blobfish blog format blog feed letters crossword clue blog free blog feed format letters blog for money blog generator blog google blog generator name blog games blog graphic blog guidelines blog giveaways blog google sites blog hosting blog hosting sites blog header blog hosting sites free blog hubspot blog house blog her blog headline generator blog ideas blog icon blog in spanish blog ideas for 2021 blog introduction examples blog images blog in a sentence blog jobs blog jobs remote blog journal blog journalism definition blog juca kfouri blog jobs near me blog juniper home blog jokes blog kpis blog keywords blog kit blog keyword research blog kraken blog keyword generator blog kitchen remodel blog kasi tusk blog layout blog logo blog layout examples blog length blog login blog landing page blog layout templates blog logo examples blog meaning blog mickey blog maker blog meaning in english blog marketing blog maker free blog mickey twitter blog meets brand blog name generator blog names blog name ideas blog niche ideas blog name examples blog niche ideas 2021 blog name generator keywords blog names for lifestyle blog of dubious intent blog outline blog or vlog blog of doom blog opera blog outline template blog on shopify blog of mayhem blog post blog post template blog post examples blog platforms blog post ideas blog page blog post format blog platforms free blog quotes blog questions blog quizlet blog questions to ask blog questions for students blog que es blog quilting blog questionnaire blog red machine blog reedsy blog reader app blogroll blog rotmg blog roblox blog recipes blog rubric blog sites blogspot blog synonym blog sites free blog search blog software blogstomp blog starter blog templates blog title generator blog topics blog to blog tv blog titles blog templates free blog themes blog url blog updates blog ui blog ux blog url ideas blog username ideas blog unity blog universal orlando blog vs vlog blog vs website blog vs article blog vs podcast blog vs newsletter blog vault blog vs youtube blog videos blog websites blog writing blog websites free blog writer blog writing examples blog writing jobs blog website builder blog writer jobs blog xcaret blog xml blog xbox