The Wages of Writing

The Authors Guild (external link) reports some depressing conclusions about writers and wages. Although their report is about book writers, I think their study applies to non-fiction magazine article and newspaper article writing as well.

Their report states that only 39% of book authors support themselves exclusively through writing. Full time writers, the Guild concludes, make on average only $17, 500 a year. Part time authors make $4,500.

These are steep declines from when the last time the Guild made a survey, back in 2009. But they mirror the conclusions I’ve made about writing, the internet, and the collapse of the wage floor. (internal link)

Here is the report in .pdf (external link).