“According to a 2018 Author’s Guild Study the median income of all published authors for all writing related activity was $6,080 in 2017, down from $10,500 in 2009; while the median income for all published authors based solely on book-related activities went from $3,900 to $3,100, down 21%. Roughly 25% of authors earned $0 in income in 2017.”
And yet we choose to write!
Perhaps, a secondary source of income would help writers fend for themselves. Rabindranath Tagore had parental wealth. Despite that, his wife, Mrinalini, gave him her jewellery to sell for achieving his dreams. Of course, this was long before he got the Nobel Prize for literature. Kazi Nazrul Islam was neither a rich man. These are both writers who made dreams happen.
If we take more recent writers who have made it big — JK Rowling or Dan Brown — we notice they have sold their stories to the world of cinema. Most writers who only write have to have a secondary source of income.
Click here to read an essay in The Guardian which reveals the reality of a career in writing.
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