Can you believe November is here? And the year of Covid is almost over. November is a busy month. NaNoWriMo, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and if you’re in a northern area probably snow and the arrival of winter. And many of us move indoors. I was curious and wondered what statistics I could find about whether writing increases during colder months. I couldn’t find anything, but I did find some interesting labour stats. It’s not specific to fiction writers or indie authors. Check these out.
There were 131, 200 writers/authors in 2019. Sixty-three percent are self-employed (Indie). They usually have a bachelor’s degree in English, communications, or journalism and earned $63,200 or $30.39/hour in 2019. The lowest ten present earned less than #33,660 and the highest earned more than @122,450.The outlook is that employment for writer/authors will decrease by 2 percent over the next ten years.
Some of the areas where writers are employed are as biographers, bloggers, content writers, copywriters, novelists, playwrights, screenwriters and speechwriters. Some of the novelists are-self-employed (Indie). One of the advantages for writer/authors is they may work anywhere, usually where they access to a computer and maybe Wi-Fi.
This information came from the Occupational Outlook Handbook https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/writers-and-authors.htm#tab-8 part of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, if you want to read any more. If you have any comments, please share.