Why are numerous writers and authors so broke? I have asked myself this after attending writer groups. Sure several of us have made some money in the venue, but most are broke. Why? Often it's given that 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 can find other reasons as well. Another reason is mainly because of simple economics; demand and supply. Today anyone can be a writer or even an author due to word-processors, software and 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 of the crap online. Okay consequently, before I go into any sort of tirade, let's talk.
Not sometime 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'll be a professional is 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 willing to pay you for it, unless 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 is not needed. In this day and age information is quite cheap, sometimes free.
Writing in my view isn't usually 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 in the present day, 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 recognize that you will discover an abundance of published writers and authors available, 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 writing service
online on their own 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.