In Ñspel: The Guardian view on declining authors’ pay: an unequal burden

Writing is ‘a vocation, admittedly with big potential rewards, but also with a big risk of penury and exploitation’. Photograph: Sean Gladwell/Getty Images
Raitñ z ‘a voceśn, admitidli wɖ big ptnśl rwordz, bt olso wɖ a big risc v peńri n xplôteśn’. Foṭgraf: Śōn Gladwél/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on dclînñ oʈrz’ pe: an unīql brdn

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 11 Dec. 2022)

A stīp slump in aṿrij rnñz nt onli afcts indivijlz, bt impovṛśz litṛćr bî dictetñ ẃć storiz gt tld

Súnde 11 Dsmbr 2022

Nyz ɖt ɖ aṿrij rnñz v slf-imploid raitrz hv slumt t £7,000 in ɖ YC mt sīm par fr ɖ cors in ɖ contxt v a pandemic foloud bî a cost-v-livñ crîsis. Hvr, ɖ 38% drop in mīdịn rnñz sins 2018 cntinyz a 16-yir dǎnẉd trend, wɖ ɖ numbr v oʈrz hu rn ol ɖer incm fṛm raitñ mor ɖn hāvñ sins 2006, fṛm 40% t 19%. Ɖs fnominn z nt ynīc t ɖ YC, wɖ similr trendz rportd in Ostreła, Caṇda, ɖ YY n ɖ YS, acordñ t ɖ oʈrz v a ny rport.

Ɖ srve, cmiśnd bî ɖ Oʈrz’ Lîsnsñ n C’lectñ Ssayti (OLCS), z nt gwñ t set alarmbelz rññ lîc ɖ lo pe v nrsz or ambyḷnsdrîvrz. Ɖz r ppl in a netwrc v inḍstriz, acrs pubḷśñ n ɖ mīdia, ɖt hv olwz rwordd ɖ s’xesfl fy at ɖ xpns v ɖ aspîrñ mni. Ɖ fl sgnificns v ɖ drop bcmz clir ẃn y buro dǎn intu ẃr ɖ oʈrz liv n hǎ ɖe manij t svîv on sć lo rnñz. Nirli haf r best in Lundn n ɖ sǎʈ v Ñgḷnd, n mni rlî on fînanśl s’port fṛm partnrz or faṃli (ẃr ɖe d so, ɖer hǎshold rnñz aṿrij £50,000). Wn in fîv prîmṛli s’port ɖmslvz ʈru acdemic wrc.

Ẃr dz ɖs līv a yuñ raitr tôlñ awe in a bedsit smẃr in ɖ Tìz Vali? Amñ ɖ raitrz sveid, onli 3% liv in ɖ norʈ-īst v Ñgḷnd, fōlñ t 1% v ɖoz huz raitñ okpîz mor ɖn haf v ɖer wrcñ tîm. Ɖ Bcr-winñ noṿlist Pat Barcr wz wn sć oʈr bac in 1982 ẃn hr frst novl, Yńn Strīt, wz fîṇli publiśt, aftr biyñ rjctd mni tîmz fr oḟrñ tù blīc a portrit v wrcñclas wimin hu, lîc hr, hêld fṛm ɖ industrịl norʈ-īst.

Īvn nǎ ɖt Mz Barcr hz muvd hr fix́nl gêz on t ɖ clasicl wrld, hr novlz ʈrum wɖ ɖ “tufnis, irevṛns, hymr n bitrnis” ɖt ś hírz in wimin’z vôsz arnd hr. Fix́n wd b vri mć purr wɖt sć plêfl apḷceśnz v livd insîts fṛm undŗeprizntd cḿṇtiz. So it z wuriyñ t hír ɖt raitrz fṛm mnoṛti eʈnic bacgrǎndz r ptiklrli luzñ ǎt, wɖ ɖ fōl in publiśrz’ advansz – ɖ muni ɖt hīts ɖ raitr’z garit – a ci cnsrn.

Tū yirz ago, raitrz arnd ɖ wrld atmtd t rvil ɖ dis’dvantij sufrd bî blac oʈrz bî śẹrñ ɖer rnñz on Twitr. Ɖ formr ćildṛn’z lorịt Maḷri Blacmn wz amñ ɖoz hu wr śoct bî ɖ dspaṛtiz ɖt imrjd. Rports on #pubḷśñpeidmi bòr ǎt wn reṿleśn v ɖ OLCS srve: 47% v rnñz g t 10% v raitrz, so fr ɖ vast mjoṛti, a c’rir in raitñ rlîz on “intrinzic motveśn”. In uɖr wrdz, it z a voceśn, admitidli wɖ big ptnśl rwordz, bt olso wɖ a big risc v peńri n xplôteśn. “F w gv p, nʈñ ćenjz. Ǎr storiz r wrʈ telñ n nīd telñ,” rout Mz Blacmn, in a twīt ɖt nītli sumd p ɖ cnundṛm: t ivolv, litṛćr most nīdz ɖoz hu r rwordd līst.

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