Bookworld: A tough gig for writers

Elizabeth Donald
4 min readNov 3, 2023

Every five years, the Authors Guild does a survey that attempts to do in a scientific fashion what #PublishingPaidMe did in a viral fashion: Expose the current financial state of publishing and specifically how authors are impacted. The results are… disheartening.

Nearly 6,000 authors surveyed revealed that the median gross pre-tax income from book sales alone was $2,000, and when combined with other…

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Elizabeth Donald

Journalist for more than 25 years, freelance writer, editor, photographer, and fiction author. Subscribe at patreon.com/edonald or visit donaldmedia.com.