Why are a lot of writers and authors so broke? I've asked myself this after attending writer groups. Sure a couple of of us have made some cash in this particular venue, but most are broke. Why? Often it's because they have low self-esteem and will not ask for payment that equals their work or value. This really is a personal problem, but you will find other reasons also. Another reason is really because of simple economics; supply and demand. Today anybody can be a writer or an author because of word-processors, software and the Internet - and that means more writers, and although there are also more venues which require this skill, even poor writers look okay considering all the crap online. Okay for this reason, before I go into any sort of tirade, let's talk.

Not long ago, an acquaintance of mine, Dr. Gary S Goodman, asked; "Should You Write For Free?" Next he asks a far more in-depth question: "One clear sign that you will be a pro is that you are paid to your work. If you are not paid, does this signify you are something less?"

My view is that if what you write is of value, then someone will be ready to pay you for it, unless they may get it someplace else cheaper or free. In that case the buyer of such written material is either getting something inferior due to their price adverse nature, your marketing is insufficient, or what you write isn't needed. In this day and age information is extremely cheap, sometimes free.

Writing in my view isn't often a very wise profession to be in, however every industry needs writing as well as the written word (currently) to get that information out to willing buyers and sellers. So there is room, numerous it, for writers, at least at the moment, in our pre-Artificial Intelligent age, as soon writers will not be needed, not even fictional writers - that's the way such technology is headed and so the professional writers days are most likely numbered.

As I look at my personal library of some 4600 books and growing, I realize that you'll find lots of published writers and authors out there, all of which sell their work and also have sold books, thus by nature are professional writers and authors. However, since those terms are loosely defined, anyone who authors an essay help online on their blog, which happens to have advertising on it, is indeed getting compensated to write, right? Thus, the definition of professional writer or author applies. Interesting, maybe we need clarification on this topic. Your thoughts, comment below.