Well, GALLEY CAT reports that J.A. Konrath has concluded that, yes, writing is still a viable line of work. But, he adds, in order to gain an audience and make a buck writers must focus outward, not inward. In short, writers have to halt the growing narcissism in this career path.
A few years ago as newspapers downsized and corporations were laying off writers, some concluded that those who had been making a decent living would have to go through the agony of a career change. Ads on Craigslist were offering a penny a word. In 2006, I was receiving 75 cents per word from GREENTREE GAZETTE.
Writers were appropriately worried. Had we missed the career boat not becoming managers of projects such as running political campaigns or launching a new product? Then, as happens during crises since Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden of Eden we evaluated our situation and did course correction on how we ran our microbusinesses such as my own communications boutique.
A coach tipped me off that I could return to prosperity if I left glut areas - think glamour - and developed expertise in mundane areas - think credit cards. And all that has come to pass. Currently I am doing regular decent-paying assignments in personal finance. That in itself has been opening new doors. I also have been able to apply my knowledge of financial markets writing about the business implications of patents. I have a sense I will be able to leverage that, only right now I don't know how.
Writers are in demand. What isn't is our craving to be brandnames that are talked about in elite media. Yesterday as I was enjoying THE NEW YORK TIMES, I didn't run across my name once. But my bills are paid and my own credit card balance has been going down.