#FutureChat recap: How can we pay authors what they deserve?

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Image – iStockphoto: AllenSwart

Author and gaming-business consultant Nicholas Lovell jumped in with both Twitter accounts for our #FutureChat session on author income, and was joined by many others in a free-wheeling exchange of thoughts.

The spur, of course, was the release of the Authors’ Licensing & Collection Society (ACLS), What Are Words Worth Now?  While we need to hear more from ACLS about its methodology, sample configuration, and other points, the study results’ basic message was clear and hardly upbeat.

The Bookseller’s Philip Jones, in his Friday editorial Author yearnings stated it simply:

That authors are paid too little and that their situation has worsened is indisputable.

And in surveying the debate around the ACLS news, Jones observed:

The author Nicholas Lovell took exception to the idea that authors “deserved to be paid”. Authors have to earn it, and books may not be the best source of those earnings. There are simply too many of them, available far too cheaply.

Each Friday, join us for a #FutureChat session, live on Twitter, at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT. 

By Porter Ander­son | @Porter_Anderson

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