|English: J. K. Rowling, after receiving an honorary degree from The University of Aberdeen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I was recently tempted to make a comment on a discussion forum relating to the earnings of writers and it prompted me to write this post.
There’s a great deal of inflated expectation from new writers, or those who wish to become professional writers. Many members of the public have grossly exaggerated ideas of author’s earnings, largely driven by headlines concerning such popular figures as JK Rowling and others. If you’re a new writer and you hope to make a living at the craft, please think very carefully about what you’re going to do. It’s true that some writers make a fortune, but the vast majority earn insufficient to make a living.
One way of ensuring a living wage is to become an employee working for a recognised organisation, of course. Journalism is considered a great background for many forms of writing, for example. Look into real job prospects, explore the reality of wages. But, please, don’t give up the day job and set about penning your wonder novel without understand the facts about writers’ earnings. So that you can do that more fully, I’ve attached a few links to recent features below.
Please read these BEFORE you go and tell your boss what he can do with his ******* job, won’t you?
There are more, if you do the usual Google search (or any other useful search engine) but this should give you enough to make you consider your options. Good luck if you decide to go ahead.
Of course, if you're a real writer, you'll write anyway: it's a compulsion for those of us with the disease and we're unable to ignore it, regardless of wealth or poverty. We do it because it's who we are.