By Emily Goleski
“Writers, not just poets but all literary writers—up to and including the famous ones—do not make a living selling books.” (Stadler 23). One of the saddest realities for all aspiring writers is that they will not be able to make an extreme living off of their works. Most writers retain a small percentage of the profits connected to their pieces, lots of the income goes back to the publisher and editor. The only way for a writer to make these profits is to build up a public.
Books are only produced made on the demand there is for them. Authors tour cities and try to convince strangers to buy their ideas, compressed into a matter of pages, without meeting the author prior. Many publishers, especially smaller publishers, only produce the books when there is a particular demand for them, which allows the producer to save costs on over production. These producers are also afraid that a book might become old or irrelevant before they could be able to sell all of the copies they produce.
If someone wants their work to reach a greater audience they have to work hard for it. Thanks to copywriting laws people can be secure about their ideas and preserve them so that only they can profit from them. In older times, before secure copywriting laws existed, people would pirate pieces of literature and cheat the author out of any funds that could come to them through those productions. Now a days, the world is more secure in a person’s right to intellectual integrity. These authors are not secured freedom by their copyrights, though. There’s no fairytale of sending a manuscript in the mail and having it become a hit over night. After the bulk of writing is done, the author has to work even harder after production to try and create at least a small income off of their hard work. The entire writing process, from early ages to now, is still extremely stressful and time consuming.