Snap survey reveals author income dropped substantially in the pandemic

Snap survey reveals author income dropped substantially in the pandemic

Almost 63% of authors and illustrators responding to a quick-fire survey from The Bookseller this week said they had seen a fall in income in pandemic-hit 2020 compared with 2019, including squeezes on author advances and the loss of earnings from live events. The Society of Authors (SoA) has said 250 people have applied to its hardship fund this year, on top of nearly 1,200 applicants in 2020, indicating the “desperation” of many.

However, some creators have said the pandemic’s digital shift has boosted their earnings and helped raise their profile, while well-established authors are sa...

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