Why are a lot of writers and authors so broke? I have asked myself this after attending writer groups. Sure a couple of of us have made some money in this particular 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 also. Another reason is really because of simple economics; supply and demand. Today anyone can be a writer or an author due to word-processors, software and also the Internet - and that suggests more writers, and although additionally there are more venues which require this skill, even poor writers look okay considering all the crap online. Okay because of this, 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 far 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 also they can get it someplace 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 isn't needed. In this day and age information is extremely cheap, sometimes free.
Writing in my view is just not often 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, a lot of it, for writers, at least in recent years, 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 probably numbered.
As I look-at my personal library of some 4600 books and growing, I understand that there are an abundance of published writers and authors around, all of which sell their work and also have sold books, thus by definition are professional writers and authors. However, since those terms are loosely defined, anybody who authors an essay writing services (click here now
) online on their blog, which happens to have advertising on it, is indeed getting paid to write, right? Thus, the meaning of professional writer or author applies. Interesting, maybe we need clarification on this topic. Your thoughts, comment below.