Mon, 21/07/2014 - 10:00
Authors United, the group of writers who signed a letter calling on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette, has said it is “developing a long-term strategy”.
The authors include well-known names such as Paul Auster, David Baldacci, Tracy Chevalier, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Mark Haddon, Sophie Hannah, Stephen King,...
Fri, 18/07/2014 - 09:10
Former HarperCollins publisher and novelist Hannah MacDonald has set up a new publishing venture, September Publishing.
The small non-fiction list, which will launch e-books and print titles in March 2015, is designed to offer a “fair share of success for authors”, with e-book royalties rising to 50%, and contracts that...
Tue, 15/07/2014 - 09:10
A scholarship or foundation to assist Australian authors is to be set up in the name of Matt Richell, the Hachette Australia c.e.o. who died in a surfing accident this month.
Richell, who died in Sydney on...
Mon, 14/07/2014 - 09:05
Author Alex Wheatle has revealed he was abused at a children’s home run by Lambeth council.
Writing in the Sunday Mirror, the 51-year-old said he was sexually abused by a doctor at Shirley Oaks children’s home in Surrey...
Wed, 09/07/2014 - 10:00
The war of words between Amazon and Hachette US escalated overnight, after Amazon offered authors caught up in the terms dispute with Hachette 100% of royalties on all e-book sales while the impasse goes on.
Hachette US immediately rejected the offer, calling on Amazon to "withdraw the sanctions they have...
Wed, 09/07/2014 - 09:30
Novelist Joanne Harris has attacked the "mystique built around being a writer" as being one of reasons why people think they can infringe writers' copyright and download their work for free.
Speaking at a debate sponsored by the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) at the House of Commons yesterday (8th...
Tue, 08/07/2014 - 10:00
The typical income for a professional author in 2013 was just £11,000, more than £5,000 below the income level considered to be a socially acceptable standard of living, according to research commissioned by The Authors’ Licensing & Collection Society (ALCS).
The ALCS said the research, commissioned from Queen...
Tue, 08/07/2014 - 09:40
Chipping Norton Literary Festival is to split its profits with authors in lieu of paying appearance fees.
The festival, which began in 2012, has previously offered to pay authors their accommodation and travel expenses, but not an additional fee. From 2015 it will continue to pay accommodation/travel but will also offer a “co-...
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:20
Novelist Chris Cleave has called on his fellow authors to exercise a "profound attitude shift" and think more collaboratively about younger writers, warning of "a lot of selfishness" in the community.
Cleave's comments came following...
Fri, 04/07/2014 - 10:00
A second petition about the Amazon Hachette dispute has been launched - this time a pro-Amazon letter written by a group of self-published writers. The petition signed by "your writers" and directed at "dear readers" argues that Amazon "has built its reputation on valuing authors and readers dearly".