Why are so many writers and authors so broke? I have asked myself this after attending writer groups. Sure a few of us have made some cash inside this venue, but most are broke. Why? Often it's while they have low self-esteem and will not ask for payment that equals their work or value. This is a personal problem, but you will find other reasons as well. Another reason is really because of simple economics; demand and supply. Today anybody can be a writer or an author as a result of word-processors, software and the Internet - and that suggests more writers, and although additionally there are more venues which need this skill, even poor writers look okay considering all the crap online. Okay as such, before I go into any sort of tirade, let's talk.
Not some time past, 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 will be a professional is the fact that you are paid to your work. If you're not paid, does this signify you are something less?"
My view is that if what you write is of value, then someone will be willing to pay you for it, unless they may 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. Inside this day and age information is extremely cheap, sometimes free.
Writing in my view isn't commonly a very wise profession to be in, however every industry needs writing and the written word (currently) to get that information out to willing buyers and sellers. So there is room, numerous it, for writers, at least currently, in our pre-Artificial Intelligent age, as soon writers will not be needed, not even fictional writers - that is 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 understand that there are lots of published writers and authors out there, all of which sell their work and also have sold books, thus by nature are professional writers and authors. But, since those terms are loosely defined, anyone who authors an essay writer (click through the next website
) online on their blog, which happens to have advertising on it, is indeed getting paid to write, right? Thus, the definition of professional writer or author applies. Interesting, maybe we need clarification on this topic. Your thoughts, comment below.