Review of 2015: Donaldson is top author, extends record run

Review of 2015: Donaldson is top author, extends record run

There has been a lot of talk lately about author earnings, with the Society of Authors’ (SOA) recent open letter to publishers calling for contract reform the latest blast in an ongoing battle. The SOA’s aim is to make writing more sustainable, and a particuarly salty issue is a widening rich-versus-poor gap. A handful of authors now make the bulk of the money, the argument goes, so publishers tend to focus on those big beasts to the detriment of the midlist.

Whether this is true is debatable (publishers, certainly, would have a differing view). What is not debatable for 2015 is that the a...

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