How many working comic book writers are there in English? By “working” I mean being PAID to write comics regularly…300? 500?
 
There were 62,000 English novel writers published in print in 2015 who received some kind of advance.
 
 
Some interesting statistics on TV and film writers here:
 
Basically says there are roughly 3,000 regularly paid TV writers. I couldn’t find the stat for film writers, but there are also a LOT of films written and paid for that never come out (we’ve had many).
 
800 films released theatrically a year on average, most by unique writers or combination of writers. Plus what at least that many made and not released theatrically. I’d guess another multiple of 2 of films paid to be written that don’t ever get made. Let’s say 3,000, but I bet it’s closer to 5,000.
 
 
Let all this sink in for a minute.
 
Summary for paid writers (in English):
 
Comic writers 300 (500)
Novel writers 62,000
TV writers 3,000
Film writers 3,000
 
These numbers aren’t exact, I’m just trying to make a point. There are also 1,696 players in the NFL. Two things amaze me:
 
1) That some people think it should be easy to be a writer in comics and
2) I can’t believe I’m 1 of 300 (or whatever it is).
 
One way to be guaranteed to NEVER write a comic for someone you’re talking to is telling them that “I can do a better job than the hack you have on it.”
 
It’s not impossible, but it is hard.
 
One thing NOT in there I said in a recent interview that I stick by is be prepared to NOT make money for 5 years before you do. If you can’t commit to that, you might want to rethink it. Yes there are people that get in and get work immediately, but the vast majority (and I’ve been doing this for 23 years now) I’ve seen are in it for awhile before they get paid to write. And being a writer in another field first and transitioning over isn’t the same.
 
Food for thought eh?
 
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