Typical writer ‘earns £11,000 a year’, research reveals


An author’s reality check.

When pen hits paper.

It is only the minority who earn a substantial amount from writing

The number of those working as full-time writers has also dropped from 40% of all writers in 2005 to 11.5% now.

Chief executive of the ALCS, Owen Atkinson, said the research by Queen Mary University of London, suggested these are “concerning times”.

The typical income of a professional writer in 2005 was £12,330.

The 2005 comparison figures date back to the ALCS’s last piece of research on authors’ earnings, which was published in 2007.

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“This rapid decline in both author incomes and in the numbers of full-time writers could have serious implications for the economic success of the creative industries in the UK,” Atkinson said.

Novelist Joanne Harris, whose books include Chocolat and Blackberry Wine, said: “It’s good to see that finally we are becoming aware of just how little the average author earns.

“Not…

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About caroleparkes

My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 49 years, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother, I'm also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needlecrafts, and occasional poet. Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age.
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