Agents warn publishers to 'think carefully' on delaying author payments

Agents warn publishers to 'think carefully' on delaying author payments

“Many” requests have been made by publishers about the possibility of delaying payments to authors to help improve cashflow in the difficult circumstances caused by Covid-19, it has emerged.

On top of lost sales in the current climate, and the slew of event cancellations already dealing a blow to authors, the Society of Authors reported members have been “pressured to renegotiate contracts or told that royalty payments will be paid late following the crisis” in a letter to the Chancellor seeking to widen the criteria for income support for authors.

Although the SoA has made clear that “au...

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