Philip Pullman has called for authors to be given a greater share of the profits that publishers receive. He said
“To allow corporate profits to be so high at a time when author earnings are markedly falling is, apart from anything else, shockingly bad husbandry. It’s perfectly possible to make a good profit and pay a fair return to all of those on whose work, after all, everything else depends. But that’s not happening at the moment, I like every individual editor, designer, marketing and publicity person I deal with; but I don’t like what publishers, corporately, are doing to the ecology of the book world. It’s damaging, and it should change.”
According to a 2016 report the average earnings for a published author were just £12,500 and it’s falling each year, while the profits for publishers are steadily rising.
BOOKS OF THE MONTH:
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
5 women go out into the wilderness, only 4 come back…
Detective Aaron Falk is very interested in the case of the missing woman, because she was the whistleblower in his latest case, and she knew things.
The sequel to the hit thriller The Dry.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Michelle McNamara was a true crime writer who tragically died before finishing this, her debut book about her efforts to unmask the infamous ‘Golden State Killer’, a vicious man who committed 12 murders and 45 rapes in California in the 70s and 80s, and was never caught.
LOCAL LITERARY EVENTS:
So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?
So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs is the hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now!
Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using film footage from the BBC's 'Planet Dinosaur’. So come and test your knowledge against Dr Ben in this hit live interactive show which is bigger and better than ever.
Radlett Centre Wednesday 21st March, 6pm - 7.15pm