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Median pay for part-time writers in 2017 is at $6,080, down 42 percent from 2009. But is that the full picture? Getty. Over the last few days, a raft of news headlines has made the rounds, all centered on the topic of authors' incomes: Namely, that the median annual earnings for full-time U.S. book authors was just $20,300 in 2017 — well under the federal poverty line for a family of three or more individuals. But are authors' paychecks on the decline? Is being a full-time author simply a pipe dream? The answer's a little more complex than the headlines make it seem. The data behind the claim comes from the Authors Guild, a U.S.-based trade association and advocacy group for professional a... Full story

10 January