Authors’ earnings

What are the challenges to authors’ earnings?


While authors contribute to the richness and diversity of culture around the world, too often we can see that authors’ earnings are in decline or in some countries have remained far from sufficient to reward and encourage creation. In many countries earnings are declining despite growth in the creative industries that are driven by the work of authors.

There are a variety of causes for this, varying from country to country but many themes are recurring, these can include:

  • Unfair contracts
  • Expectations for authors to work unpaid “for exposure”
  • Buy-out contracts negating authors royalties
  • A lack of remuneration systems such as PLR and ARR
  • Copyright exceptions
  • Smaller advances paid