Does anyone know how much amateur authors can make do they make enough for an decent living

March 22, 2015, 4:06 pm

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The debate "Does anyone know how much amateur authors can make do they make enough for an decent living" was started by Getmurked on March 22, 2015, 4:06 pm. 8 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 2 people are on the disagree side. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

Getmurked posted 4 arguments, Devinc25 posted 1 argument, Devin posted 1 argument, megantatertot posted 1 argument to the agreers part.
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Getmurked, Devinc25, Devin, megantatertot and 4 visitors agree.
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My best friend from high school just graduated with a creative writing degree and she works on a newspaper as a proofreader, and writes in her free time. there's ways to make your dream come true, you just have to be willing to accept delayed gratification in the process. she's about to get her own apartment, makes decent money, and writes her tail off. there's avenues in writing.

4 years, 8 months ago

i thank you for your support.
ive been writing since i was a kid, and it has always been a passion of mine. however, i seem to be at a crossroads right now. graduation is coming up, which means i must choose what to take. i want a job that i enjoy, and to me that would be writing, however i want to make at least a decent living. i am debating over whether i should major in english and start writing, but then i wouldnt be able to live on my own, as i wouldnt secure a good enough job while i write on the side. or, i can major something else, and not be able to pursue my passion.

4 years, 8 months ago

Any kind of self-employment is a gamble. If you are a fantastic author, it's less of a gamble, but still not a sure thing. Like Devin said, if you decide to go for it I would suggest finding a job that let's you pay the bills, then writing part time until it takes off. If you do decide to pursue writing, good luck, we can always use more good authors.

4 years, 8 months ago

@GetMurked I would have a secure decent job just incase things don't work out

4 years, 8 months ago

i get what your saying
however, if one were to pursue a degree in english and become a writer, would you say it would be a gamble?

4 years, 8 months ago

There is an in between, but I don't know anyone who achieved it. I know a few people who have moderate local success and supplement their income with writing, but no one who is able to use it as a main source of income. It do exist, but it is hard to accomplish.

4 years, 8 months ago

like others mentioned, it probably depends on how successful the novel is

4 years, 8 months ago

so your saying you cant make a good living as an author unless you are a best seller? theres no in between?

4 years, 8 months ago

It depends on success. Authors like J. K. Rowling who make lots of money do exist. She was as not a professional writer before her series took off. Many authors do not make any money on their writing, though, so it is hard to predict. I knew several members of a writer's guild who would publish aspiring authors work and set up workshops to help with writing skills, but I don't know of anyone who reached a level of success to enable them to write full time.

4 years, 8 months ago

like authors who arent new york times best sellers, per say
do they make a decent living?

4 years, 8 months ago
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