Join 238 other signatories – read, sign and share our open letter calling ‘hybrid’ / paid-for publishing companies to commit to 15 key publishing principles, for transparency, fairness and professional conduct.
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- Read Is it a Steal? – our investigation into ‘hybrid’ / paid-for publishing services
To the ‘hybrid’ / paid-for publishing sector…
An investigation by the Society of Authors (SoA) and Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) into ‘hybrid’ / paid-for publishing services has exposed widespread bad practice among companies that charge writers for publication.
Is it a steal? details aggressive marketing tactics, manipulative sales approaches, unclear contracts and publishing processes and services that fall far short of expectations and value. The report also includes the findings of a survey which found that 94% of writers who had paid to have their book published, lost money typically in the thousands, paying an average of £2,000 with median royalties coming in at a mere £68.
We, the undersigned, join the SoA and WGGB’s call for ‘hybrid’ / paid-for publishers to commit to the 15 key publishing principles below, to ensure they work with writers in a way which is clear, fair and represents best practice in our industry.
As writers, our work can entertain, teach and bring a sense of escapism to our readers. Our work is valuable, with the UK publishing industry turning over a reported £6 billion a year. Of course, there are many different routes to publishing a book, but whatever approach is used to take our work to readers it should be based on contractual clarity and fairness. If we are paying for publication, it should be based on value for money. Any legitimate publisher or service provider will be keen to commit to these principles and end bad practice.
Any legitimate publisher or service provider will be keen to commit to these principles and end bad practice.
If you represent an organisation that is ready to commit to or discuss the 15 key publishing principles below, please email [email protected].
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