So pondering a little project.
As part of that I need to know what were likely wages/pay to people who wrote the penny dreadfuls.
Then, what were likely advances from publishers for novels…no, not the three volume standard, not what Dickens or whoever famous got for their part works. But what was the scale of pay, if you like, for a competent but not famous wordsmith?
Penny dreadfuls, then stories and part works in \”respectable\” magazines and, possibly, what was the likely pay for the shilling shockers later in the 19th century.
Anyone actually know?
A brief google hasn\’t really thrown anything up…..although there is at least an indication that one could set up as a penny dreadful publisher for about £50.
General wages of the time I can find.
Hmm, also, if anyone knows of a site that gives rough living costs? Rent on a house,/flat/mansionflat/coldwater walkup and so on? Food costs?
I think I can find the cost of a Maida Vale villa by rereading something I\’ve got on Marx but (and I can find out what he got paid by the New York Times that way too) but I\’d love to be pointed to a general site that covers costs of living etc. Cab fares, (hackney, obviously), trams? Underground? etcetcetc
Update: So, penny a line for the dreadfuls, eh? Or half a pint a line.
Hmm, I do stuff now at 5 cents a word which is less (in terms of beer) than that…..
So to make £1 a day (a good, solid, middle class income at the time, could run a household in London with servants etc) it would need to be 3,000 words a day or so each and every day (7/52). OK, that works in terms of what I wanted it to….