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Living the dream?

Headline-grabbing high earners skew public perception of author earnings upwards so, Helen Yendall asks, how much do authors really earn?

Many people imagine that writers lead glamorous lives, working from home, (or perhaps in a trendy café, sustained by lattes), tapping away effortlessly on a laptop. And then, of course, there’s all that money.

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