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Coronavirus, online events and author fees

Scottish Book Trust believes authors should be paid for their work fairly and appropriately, including for digital events.

We know that libraries, schools, early years settings and organisations are working hard to provide resources for young people who may be new to home schooling, families trying to entertain young children and vulnerable adults who may be isolated during the current restriction

Scottish Book Trust supports these efforts, including #UnitedbyBooks(this will open in a new window). Reading for pleasure and writing creatively have a proven, consistent impact on mental health and wellbeing, and they have never been needed more than now. 

However, at Scottish Book Trust we also recognise the important of ensuring that the creators of such resources are being recognised and compensated. Authors are mainly freelance, earn a median of £10,497 a year according to the Society of Authors(this will open in a new window), and many are facing increased hardship and loss of earnings. 

Scottish Book Trust believes authors should be paid for their work fairly and appropriately, including digital events, which require just as much preparation and delivery time as in-person events. 

Even short online readings and workshops take significant time and expertise to produce. To use work by authors online, please check permission as required. Have a look at our guide to sharing published work online and also our Live Literature authors fee page for an idea of how we pay authors at Scottish Book trust.