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Ceridwen 9 years ago
I don't know who, exactly, the survey includes, being one of the questions I have. I'm not sure why not including the indies makes it alarmist though? If no one is making money writ8ng, then no one is making money writing. I don't think it's a good thing when the only people who can afford to write are either the already wealthy or dabblers with no editor.
Ceridwen 9 years ago
That's cool; I can take it. I do to think the trend towards writing being hobbyist is worrisome, tone of the article notwithstanding.
Ceridwen 9 years ago
I should probably read the methodology.
Ceridwen 9 years ago
Looks like the survey was pretty comprehensive, including the members of multiple professional organizations, indie and small press and big press, etc.

Whilst the amount of money authors are earning from digital publishing has increased, overall, the survey found that authors’ incomes are falling in real terms.
The average incomes earned by both professional authors and all writers have dropped significantly. Digital opportunities may be out there but authors are yet to receive the full financial benefits of this growing sector."
Ceridwen 9 years ago
This is actually a pretty interesting read. Brb.
Abandoned by user 9 years ago
In a global economy that increasingly excludes everyone but the financiers and the already disgustingly wealthy from a reasonably comfortable level of success, I'm not sure why it is whingeing to acknowledge that yet another sector is being hollowed out. If people like Hilary Mantel and Will Self can't make a decent living writing, they'll go into banking. After all, they're bright and creative enough to succeed at it. And we will all be the poorer for all of the great and creative minds doing nothing but pushing money around the globe from one rich guy to the next. Nothing but crappy NA and monster porn written by sexually frustrated housewives for the rest of us.
Abandoned by user 9 years ago
The fact that grotesque levels inequality and a shitty economy is shared doesn't mean that everyone should just shut up and take it.
This doesn't much surprise me. I blame it on bargain basement fiction. And I think the point isn't that SPAs are making no money, but that SPAs and low-budged indies are sucking readers away from "real" fiction. I kind of get tired of hearing that there are some real gems in this market. I'm sure there are. But the amount of time and effort spent on reading dreck to find them is what is making it difficult for writers to sustain a reasonable income. Time spent on crap is time not spent on something else. I had hoped that readers were more discriminating than some "reviewers," but now I think that may not be the case. And, as I said in an earlier blog, the more of this crap people read, the more their standards drop and the more acceptable crap itself becomes.
Ceridwen 9 years ago
Certainly the glut of self pubs is a factor, but I think a lot of the blame can be leveled at the predatory practices of Amazon. They've got everyone coming and going, and they're the ones setting price points lower and lower. Before this drop in income, most full time writers were making just enough to be above the poverty line, and now that's just not so. The only one winning here is Amazon, because even shitty indie writers are getting screwed.
Well, but I see a difference in this way: lower prices help consumers; inculcating an appetite for trash helps no one. Especially since most of the trash, being at even lower prices or free, sets in motion a dynamic that leads to lower prices, not because it's "legitimate" competition, but because it lowers standards, making selling higher-quality material that much more difficult. Why buy something better if you believe your needs are being met by the SPAs and such?