In the last issue of my Authors Guild Bulletin, there was an interesting article I'd like to tell you about.
Writing for a Living
The opening of "Writing for a Living" had a great hook sentence. More women do it than men. After you finish chuckling, I'll tell you more. The article was based on statistics from Artists in the Workforce, a report released June of this year by the National Endowment for the Arts. The figures were based on the 2000 census as well as more recent economic data.
More women than men claim their primary job is artist of some sort.
More who claim this as their primary job live in the states of Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts.
More live in the cities of Boulder-Longmont, Colorado; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and San Francisco, California.
185,000 writers in the U.S. claimed writing as their primary job.
Writers and authors ranked 3rd in the 11 art categories listed. First and second were architects and producers.
83% have bachelor's or postgrad degrees.
More than 50% do it full-time, earning a median income slightly over $50,000.00.
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