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Yearly income of most British writers still well below minimal wages, poll shows | Bücher
With a snowstorm of books due to appear this weekend on the" Summer Thursday", a recent study by the EU has shown that for many writers in the UK living is less than great, with an avarage year' s salary for writers drooling at 12,500, as the publishers prepare for the Christmas hype. It is only 55% of the UK economy and is below the £18,000 FTE salary and well below the 17,100 Joseph Rowntree Foundation salary requirement.
They are struggling at the lower end of the pay scale in an ever more uneven sector. Of the 317 British writers who replied to the poll, only half said that letters were their primary revenue stream, with those surveyed offering a number that averaged 7,000 of their last book's all-in-one.
This poll confirmed a pattern of a constant drop in authors' income, as identified in a 2015 Society of Author's (SoA) poll. Whereas the publishers' revenue is expected to increase from 1.3% in 2015 to 4 billion, the average income of writers (a figure that better mirrors the majority of writers' experience) has fallen by 29% in the last ten years in real term.
Lucinda Hawksley, a member of the SoA board of directors, says that efforts to make authors' lives more just are "absolutely necessary". Comparing writers' rights across the whole of Europe puts the UK and Ireland at the top of the rankings, with the UK also showing poor performance in wage negotiations.
According to the conclusion of the study, the complex patching up of different legislative frames makes it virtually impossibility to "identify coherent patterns". However, a cross-referencing between two respondents, the United Kingdom and Germany, could indicate "that a better regulatory environment could have a beneficial effect on the authors' median income".
Given a puzzling range of new ways for publishing houses to make a living from authors' work, the paper calls for writing agreements that define where and how an author's work should be used. SoA' s head Nicola Solomon greeted the endorsement of the growing proof of the fighting that many writers are facing.
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