French Authors Make Less Than Minimum Wage

By Dianna Dilworth 

More than half of established authors in France can barely earn enough to pay the rent, according to a new report.

The report from SDGL, which includes feedback from 100,000 fiction authors, found that many authors are considering quitting the profession because of the current state of the book industry.

The Guardian has the scoop:

More than a third of even the highest-earning authors had to have another job to make ends meet, mostly as teachers, it said.

Established writers with years of relative success behind them struggled to make a living, with their median annual earnings of €17,600 ($19,800), less than three-quarters of national average.