Valuing and rewarding authors

Authors make a huge contribution to society and as such deserve to be rewarded and valued. They deserve to be properly remunerated for the work that they do and to receive fair treatment, recognition and appropriate support.

Payment and Reimbursement

Authors, like many creators, are all too often expected to provide their labour for free. The work that they do should be properly remunerated, be it through fair terms for payment in a contract, making an appearance at a book festival or speaking as an expert in the media.

Authors also deserve to be remunerated for use of their work. We support UK Public Lending Right, which pays authors when their books are borrowed from public libraries, and the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, which collects and distributes authors' earnings from reproduction and use of their work.

The state should also recognise the need for support through arts funding provision and the need to ensure funding reaches the creators.

Credit and Acknowledgement

As well as the right to monetise their work, authors should be appropriately credited for their contributions.

  • Crediting contributors of all kinds is an aspect of our C.R.E.A.T.O.R. campaign for fair contracts. The 'O' stands for ownership; ‘authors, including illustrators and translators, should be appropriately credited for all uses of their work and moral rights should be unwaivable’.
  • Commentators and their platforms have a duty to ensure they lead the way in recognising all authors for their contributions.
  • Translators, illustrators and photographers are among the most at risk of being overlooked. The ‘Name the Translator’ and ‘Pictures Mean Business’ campaigns have our full support.

Tax and Benefits

Authors are vital to our economy and provide a huge amount of pleasure, information and comfort. The state should recognise this contribution and the sometimes precarious and often uneven incomes authors experience and should make sure support is appropriate and in place for their particular needs.