Worth vs Pay

Last week we had National Writers Day and we all congratulated and praised and supported each other, the way writers do. It was a day for us to feel special and noticed.

However, last week there was also a report that most writers earn less than than the minimum wage. Our profits from writing are falling, whilst those of publishers are soaring. It’s now almost impossible to make a living from writing. The result is – only the favoured few have time to write. As the others try and squeeze in an hours writing between the day job and other responsibilities, for a pathetically small amount of money, they give up, tired and dispirited, and we lose yet another voice. We are losing diversity and new voices.

So, what’s to be done? Many people are turning to e-publishing and smaller publisher as the big ones cut back on marketing and promoting. And if you do feel like giving up – don’t. Take a break, but come back to it. Your stories need to be heard, and there is a movement towards paying writers – soon, it could change in our favour.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

Sent from my iPad


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s