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A writer or author creates works of fiction or non-fiction for publication and sale. Examples include novels, short stories, poems, newspaper features, biographies, computer games, popular science, popular history, travel books and children’s literature.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Salaries for authors vary massively according to the fame of the author and the length and type of the work.

However, an author working full time hours might earn an average salary of around £12,000 a year.

The figures below will provide a rough guide to freelance rates of pay.

* National Union of Journalists Freelance Directory latest rates.

Conditions

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
1577
0.1 %
RISE
2022
1578
  United Kingdom
2017
32955
0.6 %
FALL
2022
32758

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 14-20 and interested in developing skills in: Drama, Dance, Music, Film, Visual Arts, Literature or Digital Arts. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50 to £600. For more information see the Young Scot website.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Arvon
Tel: 020 7324 2554
E-mail: national@arvon.org
Website: http://www.arvon.org
Twitter: @arvonfoundation
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArvonFoundation

Arvon provides residential courses in creative writing.

Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS)
Tel: 0141 330 5309
E-mail: office@asls.org.uk
Website: http://asls.arts.gla.ac.uk/index.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scotlit/

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: edinburgh@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Periodical Publishers Association (PPA)
Tel: 020 7404 4166
E-mail: info@ppa.co.uk
Website: http://www.ppa.co.uk/
Twitter: @PPACareers

Poetry Society
Tel: 020 7420 9880
E-mail: info@poetrysociety.org.uk
Website: http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk
Website (2): http://ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk
Twitter: @PoetrySociety
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepoetrysociety

The Young Poets Network has useful tips and links for young poets aged 13 to 25.

Publishers' Association
Tel: 020 7378 0504
E-mail: mail@publishers.org.uk
Website: http://www.publishers.org.uk/
Twitter: @PublishersAssoc

Scottish Book Trust
Tel: 0131 524 0160
E-mail: info@scottishbooktrust.com
Website: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/
Twitter: @scottishbktrust
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottishbktrust

Writers' Guild of Great Britain
Tel: 020 7833 0777
E-mail: admin@writersguild.org.uk
Website: http://www.writersguild.org.uk
Twitter: @TheWritersGuild
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewritersguild

The Writers' Guild produces free downloadable guidelines for writers working in several specialist industries including TV, film, radio, comics, illustrated stories, games and theatre. These include information on rates of pay.

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