Thought for the day: How Many Writers Make A Living From Writing?

I remember a trade-published writer saying he was on a panel where someone claimed that only 100/200-ish writers actually made a living from writing, and he then said ‘hang on, there are seven of us on this panel’ then asked anyone else in the room who made a living from writing to put their hands up, and another couple of dozen did.

I’ve seen various discussions about this elsewhere and the conclusion seems to be that several thousand writers make a living from writing fiction in America. Which isn’t great, but is still much better than the claim.

There’s also the ‘the average writer only makes $500 a year from writing’ claim which has similar problems to ‘the average self-published book only sells 200 copies’; it’s perfectly true, but meaningless because so many writers make no money in a year.


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