So we all know we're not in this for the money, right?
I was interested in this blog post by Gary Smailes of Bubblecow, showing that according to published data the typical (median) annual earnings of a writer is £4000.
That figure struck me particularly because back in 1982, when I left university and started training as a Chartered Accountant, my initial salary in outer London was exactly that, £4000. Even then it wasn't enough for a single person to live on and I only survived because the bank gave me an overdraft, presumably on the basis of future earnings.
Mind you, at the moment even £4000 would be very welcome and actually compares favourably to what the government thinks carers are worth (£2761 in 2009-10 for 35 hrs+ of care a week). It seems that both writers and carers should be working for satisfaction rather than a living wage. Perhaps I really should go back to accountancy.