Authors Guild finds 42% decline in US authors’ earnings

Luke AlcottAuthors earnings, News

The Authors Guild’s 2018 Author Income Survey has found that the incomes of authors in the US have fallen to historic lows to a median of US$6,080 in 2017, down 42% from 2009. The survey included traditional, hybrid and self-published authors. The Authors Guild has noted that the findings are particularly concerning as it could have a detrimental effect on the ability of a diverse range of authors to properly invest in creating, as full-time and mid-list literary writers will be hit the hardest. This follows similar findings around the world including the ALCS survey that found a 42% decline in median incomes from 2005 to 2017.

You can find out more about the survey and results on the Authors Guild website

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