The latest survey on incomes by the Author’s Guild makes sorry reading. The median income for all authors in 2017 was $6,080 a fall of 42% since 2009. Median income for all authors claiming it as their full-time work was just $20,300.
Income from book sales seems to have tumbled the most, and most especially for writers of literary fiction.
The Author’s Guild report is detailed and fascinating and worth reading by anyone concerned with the future of literature, reading, libraries, bookstores, and all the ancillaries that go along with the art of writing and reading.