Alfie Dog Fiction (which publishes my children’s short story Losing Lucy) has started a campaign “Justice for Writers” which seeks a fair return for writers’ work. Alfie Dog Fiction’s website www.alfiedog.com publishes 800 short stories from over 200 writers around the world and more stories are being added to every week. Readers pay a (small) fee for each story they download, and a percentage of this fee goes straight to the author. But Rosemary J Kind, editor and Managing Director of Alfie Dog Limited is concerned that this is often not the case on other writing websites or publishing outlets.
In her recent press release, she says, “Writers of short stories are increasingly being requested to offer their services for free. Competitions are run in which the prize is publication, but no financial reward. Websites spring up offering the opportunity to ‘build profile’ but without payment, often demanding only previously unpublished work.
In an age when there are demonstrations about the level or remuneration received by bankers, Alfie Dog Fiction is calling upon the reading world to give thought to the low levels of income achieved by the vast majority of writers.
You wouldn’t ring the plumber and ask him to install a new shower without payment, but on the promise that people using your bathroom would see his work, so why expect writers to give you their work for free?
For writers to produce quality work, that will last for generations, they have to be able to support themselves financially. With the frequency of copyright breaches on the internet and while work is predominantly expected to be given for free, writing can only ever be a part time hobby for the majority and here at Alfie Dog Fiction we think it’s time to draw a line.
We are calling on the press to join us in setting a standard of expectation. It is not unreasonable to pay to read work that a writer has laboured over. It’s time to make a stand before no writer of books, short stories, articles or even news copy is paid for putting pen to paper or keyboard to screen.
The world would be a poorer place without professional writers. Make a stand today and call for fair returns to writers for their work.”
If you’d like to find out more about the campaign, contact Rosemary J. Kind at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 00 44 (0)1347 827 178