My first writing class back in the late nineties our lecturer told us we were extremely unlikely to be able to make a living from writing. I do, but only sometimes. Most of the time I do other work (teaching, workshops, freelance articles, book trafficking) and every year I think about re-training - even though my dream has always been to avoid a straight job. Teaching now I find that the question of economics comes up nearly every week, so I've decided to stockpile some interesting articles that address this ... People love the dream - when I was coming of writing age Matthew Reilly was the super success story that some people measured themselves against. I have also to say that there are writers who make money, and they are not always commercial writers. But even the outrageously lucky ones work really really hard. They read, they write, they promote, they become a brand. Writing is not the job for a person who needs to control everything because ultimately you cannot control what people will think of your book. And if you try you will only look stupid.
Award Winning Authors Struggling to Make Ends Meet!
Annabel Smith On (Not) Making a Living from writing
How much my novel cost me - Emily Gould
Steph Swainston giving up writing to retrain as a chemistry teacher
Writing on Empty - the reality of having a writing career in Australia By Damon Young and Ruth Quibell