Creative people, especially writers, are a funny breed. We are the only profession I know of who work for free. No coal miner, nurse, shipyard worker, accountant, or any other person with bills to pay works for free. But, that is what writers are often being forced to do. And the consequences for creativity and democracy are dire.
If you count up the number of blogs there are some tens of millions of people who believe they can write and wish to write in the English language alone.
If you count up the income of all the places that could possibly employ writers in English it is some tend of billions of $. This isn\’t entirely accurate but at a rough guess if we divided all the income (leaving out publication expenses etc) into all those willing and capable writers then everyone would get $1,000 a year each.
Or, as actually happens, we\’ve a power law, with a few getting $500,000 a year each, 10 times that number on $50,000, ten times that on $5,000 and so on down to where most are working for near free or free.
The supply of writers at a living wage is rather higher than the demand for writers at a living wage is another way of putting it. And there\’s nothing new about that either. Been generally true since the dawn of mass literacy.