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.
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