Authors Guild Study: The Wages of Writing

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October 8, 2015


IBPA received the following information from the Authors Guild and wanted to share it with our members. Please address questions directly to the contact email below.


Dear Authors Guild Member,

Earlier this year, we (the Authors Guild) conducted our first member survey since 2009. The survey went out to all Guild members and to 1,300 non-member writers. The response, thanks to you, was tremendous. We collected a good deal of data on authors’ incomes in recent years, as well as on our services, to help us assess how better to serve our members.

Overall, the survey results showed that author incomes are down, hybrid authorship is up, and authors are spending more time marketing than ever before. In short, the business of authorship is both more varied and less profitable than just six years ago. The following document summarizes the results in more detail.

Click here to view the survey brochure that summarizes the results in more detail.

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