Friday, June 08, 2007


A European survey of writers confirms what most of us know—60% of authors need another job to survive. (For 33 years, I had a day job.)

In 2006 Bournemouth University in the UK surveyed 25,000 authors in England and Germany for the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society. They discovered that a typical UK author earns 33% less than the national average wage; that the top 10% of authors earn 50% of all the income earned by writers; and, that the first 10 years are the hardest, averaging earnings of only $10,000 per year. German writers fare better, earning a third more than the Brits.

I wonder how N. American writers’ earnings would stack up in a comparative survey? The Professional Writers' Association of Canada discussion group recently said Canadian writers fare much worse. I wonder how North American writers stack up?