The reality of being a writer has been laid bare in a new report highlighting the low earning many endure for their art.
A study, conducted by Queen Mary, University of London, showed just one in ten authors can afford to earn a living from writing alone, a drop from 40 per cent just a decade ago.
A typical professional writer, it found, earned just £11,000 annually; less than the minimum wage.
Yes, and? Writing books just doesn’t make money, except for those very few stars. Never has done by the way. Which is why everyone who does write them does something else as well: journalism often, but can and sometimes is anything at all.
My last annual royalty statement was £60 I think. Rather less than the daily wage of scribbling journalism. Always been that way too.