A Career No More


Writing books has become a hobby for the wealthy, writes Toby Young over at the Telegraph. Writers’ incomes have dropped 29% since 2005, he points out, and even when writers are getting paid, it’s never enough:

I wrote another book last year (What Every Parent Needs to Know), and this time I actually received a small advance. But I had to give half that money to a collaborator because I was too busy earning a living to write it on my own. Even then, it was a gargantuan amount of work. If you divide the amount I was paid by the hours I spent working on it, I’d have been better off delivering flyers for the local Indian takeaway.

Ian MacAllen's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →