Credit

Authors have a right to be recognised for the work they produce. The SoA campaigns for fair credits in all cases.

The importance of proper credit for translators and illustrators, as well as for authors, can’t be stressed too strongly. Without the work of those whose skill and sensitivity to language and its meanings makes it possible for English readers to enjoy the work of writers such as Orhan Pamuk, Elena Ferrante, Patrick Modiano and many others, we would be much the poorer. It’s essential that this work is recognised and properly credited by publishers, reviewers, and the media generally.

Philip Pullman, SoA President

Authors, illustrators and all contributors should be appropriately credited for their contributions to a work. An author's name is his or her brand. Cover credits, inclusions in listings and references in reviews are important forms of recognition that help them build up careers and improve discoverability.  This is in the interests of publishers, producers and retailers.

Crediting contributors of all kinds is an aspect of our C.R.E.A.T.O.R. campaign for fair contracts. The O stands for ownership: ‘authors, including illustrators, editors and translators, should be appropriately credited for all uses of their work and moral rights should be unwaivable’.

But the need to recognise contributions goes above and beyond contractual arrangements. Commentators and reviewers have a duty to ensure they lead the way in celebrating and rewarding all those who contribute to the literature we enjoy. Translators, illustrators and photographers in particular are at risk of being overlooked.

What Can you Do?

We support the Name the Translator and Pictures Mean Business campaigns, working to make sure that translators and illustrators get the credit they deserve.

#NameTheTranslator

Name the Translator is an ongoing campaign to ensure the contribution of translators is recognised. Join the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #NametheTranslator.

#PicturesMeanBusiness

Pictures Mean Business is a campaign to ensure illustrators are properly credited for their work. Join the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #PicturesMeanBusiness.

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Name the Translator

Name the Translator is an ongoing campaign to ensure the contribution of translators is recognised.
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Pictures Mean Business

Sarah McIntyre leads a campaign to ensure illustrators are properly credited for their work.