Authors question deep discounts as SoA calls for greater contract transparency

Authors question deep discounts as SoA calls for greater contract transparency

The Society of Authors (SoA) has called on publishers to give authors “the right to say no” to high-discounting practices as part of its campaign for fairer, more transparent contracts. SoA chief executive Nicola Solomon has told The Bookseller it is “rare” for authors to be asked for their input around discounting strategies, and that standard author contracts do not include a veto to block high-discount deals.

“Special sales” deals are often struck with non-traditional outlets such as The Book People and The Works, which retail titles at high discounts and offer considerably lower financ...

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