Report Finds Writing Becoming Elitist Profession

Writing can be a worthwhile profession, but some believe that it doesn’t pay as much as other jobs. New research shows that writers do make enough, but not just from writing. Research conducted by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Study found that writers on average earn about £10,500 a year. While that number does seem small, the average writer’s household is more than £81,000 a year. Why is that number so high? This is usually attributed to other sources of income, such as a second job by the writer or the income of their partner. The Collection Study states that …

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Writing can be a worthwhile profession, but some believe that it doesn’t pay as much as other jobs. New research shows that writers do make enough, but not just from writing.

Research conducted by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Study found that writers on average earn about £10,500 a year. While that number does seem small, the average writer’s household is more than £81,000 a year.

Why is that number so high? This is usually attributed to other sources of income, such as a second job by the writer or the income of their partner.

The Collection Study states that the reliance on other sources of income highlights a growing problem amongst the writing profession. Having to survive on additional sources of income can turn writing into an “elitist” profession. The Collection Study attributes this to a lack of diversity amongst the writing community.

“There is a danger of writing becoming an elitist profession which excludes new and diverse voices,” said Society of Authors chief executive Nicola Solomon. “This report should act as a wake-up call for the industry.”

What do you think about this? Is writing becoming an elitist profession?

 

 

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