As a follow-up to last week’s post on how much authors earn, I give you pies.

The very kind and extremely hardworking Anne Rooney (who should be in the over £75K category, but probably isn’t) couldn’t settle until she’d made me some pies. And then she sent them over. Having studied Anne’s multi-coloured circles and pondered, I believe I need to share all of them with you. There is something starkly interesting about these coloured slices on how well people feel they do.

Graph 1

Are children’s books mostly written by women because junior citizens are more ‘women’s work’? Or is it that the low pay scale makes it a job for women? But then, why are so many the main earner in their household? They have certainly been at it for quite some time.

Graph 3

What makes them do it? Writing (a whole book) seems like hard work, so how come writers do it, as well as holding down another job? There is no mention of those other tasks, like childcare or ironing, which presumably comes on top of the two or more paid jobs.

Graph 2

But it’s that last pie chart that sends a chill down my spine. I’m aware that the no segment is twice the size of the yes, but even so…

We have a lot to be grateful for. That so many are not contemplating giving up, and that there are so many partners propping up the world of children’s books.

Thank you.

4 responses to “Pies

  1. Scary to see it all in stark coloured wedges like this…

  2. Oh to be the orange slice of pizza…

  3. You’re right, Ann. I’m in the £30-£75K bracket. In a spirit of openness: female, 10-20 yrs (for children, but writing for adults before that), no major awards, enough to live on (but not extravagantly), main breadwinner, no other regular household income (besides a few bits of writing-related work), not considered giving up.

    Sorry about the bits of pinky-orange background – those didn’t show up in Photoshop.

  4. See! Now we just need everyone else to follow your lead. If I earned money I’d tell you. (Or did I just do that anyway?)

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