Writers as a group are not amongst the better paid so it
might seem odd to find a group of authors whose profits are routinely shared
with others. But such groups exist and in the one I'm writing about a new author
is asking for help in deciding which charity should benefit from her début novel. Firstly, a bit of background:
A recent comprehensive survey by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society showed not only below-minimum-wage returns, but that writers’ earnings were
going down. Contrast this with the creative industries as a whole, one of the
few sectors whose overall contribution to the economy remained steady and even
went up through 2008 and the on-going recession.
Now focus on an old publishing model and a fairly new publishing
house. The original publishing model was a profit share between writer and
publisher. That didn't last the transition of publishing to multinational
conglomerate status whilst writing remained a cottage industry. The writer
became, very decidedly, the poor relation.
However, some small publishers are veering back towards the
original model. Fantastic Books Publishing with
whom several Hornsea Writers are involved doesn't just work to a profit-share
model, they also take 10% from their book sale profits and give it to charity.
The authors choose the charity to benefit from sales of their book.
The charity model has been discussed on their own blogs by various
of Fantastic Books’ established authors:
Fantastic Books’ newest author, Melodie Trudeaux, has yet to
decide which charity will benefit from her book sales, but she says, ‘Horse of a Different Colour is a children’s adventure tale. It might be appropriate if
it earned money for a horsey charity, but there are so many good causes that I
can’t make up my mind.’
If you want to help Melodie decide, please visit her blog HERE
and leave your suggestions.
On Saturday afternoon 12th December, Cottingham East
Yorkshire will host a Christmas Fair with a difference. A group of creative
artists have banded together to negotiate big discounts on top quality books
and merchandise with the aim of providing a collection of unusual and unique
Christmas gifts. The Fair is organised by Hornsea Writers Penny Grubb and Pippa Ireland.
In addition to books, visitors will have the opportunity to obtain professional
photo portraits and buy a host of items including virtual reality headsets,
science-fiction and fantasy memorabilia (fans of Brian Blessed, Star Trek, Dr
Who and Lord of the Rings take note). Refreshments will be on offer.
As well as the group’s own books – many of which have been
internationally recognized with prestigious awards – on special sale will be
the recently released Dr Who autobiography My
Dalek has a Puncture.
Hull is a strong theme at the Fair and includes three crime writers who set their stories in the city; Penny Grubb, author of the award-winning Annie Raymond mysteries; Nick Quantrill,
author of the much-praised Joe Geraghty series and Alfie Robins author of many
novels including the best-selling Hull-based Reprisal.
From further afield but still from Yorkshire comes
journalist and performance poet, James Nash, who when not travelling, writes in
an old laundry that used to be home to a Buddhist. James has many stories to
tell and we aim to persuade him to tell some of them at the Fair.
The Fair boasts another celebrated performance poet, writer
and painter, Cliff Forshaw. Cliff’s writing has taken him around the world and
won many prestigious awards.
Also represented at the Fair will be contemporary romance
from Rhoda Baxter; memoir from Bob Jackman; historical fiction from Suzanne
Marshall; and award-winning family sagas from Annie Wilkinson.
About the Book
Date and time: Saturday 12 December, 2 pm to 5 pm
Location: Cottingham, East Yorkshire. Methodist
Church Hall, 166 Hallgate, HU16 4BD
For the grey days of winter, when the wind whistles and the house creaks, Linda Acaster launches a new supernatural short.
Elaine haunts auctions held in crumbling country mansions, dreaming of a find that will make her and Gary rich. A plain wooden shipping trunk has no key to its iron-banded locks but is far heavier than it should be. What might it contain? Bricks laughs a suave competitor. A body retorts Elaine.
Both are wrong. Both are right. Beware the Böggel-Mann.