Now the Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is confirming what we’ve all suspected. It sent out a survey to its members (who have all published at least one book commercially) and almost half responded: Over all, the writers’ incomes from writing have dropped 27 per cent since the last time they were surveyed, in 1998. Their average annual income from writing is now less than $13,000 and half report they are working harder than before to make the money. American and British surveys have reported similar drops.
The Canadian survey also revealed a surprising gender gap: For every dollar reported by male authors, female authors were only reporting 55 cents.