How come so many writers and authors so broke? I have asked myself this after attending writer groups. Sure a couple of of us have made some cash inside this venue, but most are broke. Why? Often it's since they have low self-esteem and won't ask for payment that equals their work or value. This really is a personal problem, but you'll find other reasons also. Another reason is mainly because of simple economics; supply and demand. Today anybody can be a writer or even an author as a result of word-processors, software as well as the Internet - and that implies more writers, and although additionally there are more venues that need this skill, even poor writers look okay considering all the crap online. Okay so, before I go into any sort of tirade, let's talk.
Not long ago, an acquaintance of mine, Dr. Gary S Goodman, asked; "Should You Write For Free?" Next he asks a more in-depth question: "One clear sign that you'll be a pro is the fact that you are compensated to your work. In the event you are not paid, does this signify you are something less?"
My view is that if what you write is of value, then someone will be prepared to pay you for it, unless they can get it somewhere else cheaper or free. In that case the buyer of such written material is either getting something inferior because of their price adverse nature, your marketing is insufficient, or what you write is not needed. In this particular day and age information can be very cheap, sometimes free.
Writing in my view is not commonly a very wise profession to be in, however every industry needs writing and also the written word (currently) to get that information out to willing buyers and sellers. So there is room, many it, for writers, at least in recent times, in our pre-Artificial Intelligent age, as soon writers will not be needed, not even fictional writers - that's the way such technology is headed and so the professional writers days are most likely numbered.
As I look-at my personal library of some 4600 books and growing, I recognize that there are plenty of published writers and authors out there, all of which sell their work as well as have sold books, thus by nature are professional writers and authors. However, since those terms are loosely defined, anybody who authors an essay help (the full report
) online on their blog, which happens to have advertising on it, is indeed getting compensated to write, right? Thus, the definition of professional writer or author applies. Interesting, maybe we need clarification on this topic. Your thoughts, comment below.