Imagining Alph

Average author earnings in 2018 were £10,497. This doesn’t have a lot to recommend it other than the fact that should it remain at this level, we’ll all be able to earn a further two grand doing other things before we have to pay any tax. Not that it’s likely to – it’s widely reported that it’s going down, which is all the more galling in the context of the UK’s overall publishing turnover, which in 2020 topped £6.4billion. Everyone knows there’s plenty of cash kicking about, it just needs to be more equitably distributed.