— Thomas Jerome Baker (@profesortbaker) January 19, 2014
Writers (authors) have a lot in common with teachers: most don’t earn a lot of money. Everyone already knows that teachers don’t earn much money. There is a huge gap between the importance of teaching, on the one hand, and the way society rewards teachers financially, on the other. Again, everyone knows that already about the teaching profession. Teachers don’t become teachers because they want to get rich.
But writers (authors) are a different story. It is possible to write just one book, or two, or three, that everyone loves and then the money starts falling out of the sky. Writers can get riches and fame almost overnight. Tomorrow you could become the next J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Amanda Hocking, or Thomas Jerome Baker (just kidding => I’m a teacher).
Honestly, I believe writers write, and teachers teach, because if we didn’t, our lives would be incomplete. It’s in our blood, it’s in our hearts, and minds and souls. Just as writing defines a writer, so does teaching define a teacher. It’s who we are. It’s what we do.
And the money, in the end, really isn’t our main motivating force. Writers and teachers have this common bond. We are not in the pursuit of happiness. We are already happy. Writing is happiness for a writer. Teaching is happiness for a teacher.
And in my case, I am blessed to be both a writer and a teacher. I’ve got the best of both worlds…
What’s your opinion? Should writers and teachers make more money? Or are writers and teachers already rich enough, in intangibles like love, and beauty, and creativity,when we can write, and when we can teach, so much so, that money is not necessary? What do you think???
A survey reveals that 54% of traditionally-published authors and almost 80% of go-it-alone writers are making less than $1,000 (£600) a year.
More than 9,000 writers, from aspiring authors to seasoned pros, took part in the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey, presented at this week’s Digital Book World conference. The survey divided the 9,210 respondents into four camps: aspiring, self-published only, traditionally-published only, and hybrid (both self-published and traditionally-published). More than 65% of those who filled out the survey described themselves as aspiring authors, with 18% self-published, 8% traditionally-published and 6% saying they were pursuing hybrid careers.
Just over 77% of self-published writers make $1,000 or less a year, according to the survey, with a startlingly high 53.9% of traditionally-published authors, and 43.6% of hybrid authors, reporting their earnings are below the same threshold. A tiny proportion – 0.7% of self-published writers, 1.3% of traditionally-published, and 5.7% of hybrid writers – reported making more than $100,000 a year from their writing. The profile of the typical author in the sample was “a commercial fiction writer who might also write non-fiction and who had a project in the works that might soon be ready to publish”, according to the report.
Source: The Guardian