Several years ago the great writer Ursula K. LeGuin sat down for a chat with a half-dozen of us mid-career writers. (She is the most generous and helpful of colleagues, by the way.) She began by saying that "publishing has always been in trouble". Of course, publishing is in even more trouble now than it was then--smaller advances, the big publishers more conservative, the box stores concentrating on bestsellers--but still, it was a good thing to hear and a good point to remember.
This morning on NPR, John Ridley, Hollywood screen writer, read an interesting essay. In part, he said, "With fewer and fewer movies finding their way to the box office and more reality shows on television, writers are suffering a near 50-percent unemployment rate, and year-to-year earnings are down almost 20 percent — the lowest level for both in five years." Wow. And we thought we were in trouble!
The whole essay can be heard or read here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112759627