- Brandon Sanderson, full time writer. Makes a nice living and employs an assistant on the money from his (not a job) writing.
- Dean Wesley Smith, full time writer for more than 25 years. So full time he doesn’t even submit any longer, just publishes his own “Smith’s Monthly” which his fans buy. And yes, he makes a good living from his (not) job.
- Kristine Kathryn Rush, who’s been (not) working as a writer for the past three decades. Also, she’s not a multi-genre, multi-length, multi-talent working writer, since writing isn’t a job.
- Dan Wells, who been (not) working as a writer for the past 10 years, making a very good living by being world famous in Germany.
I could go on, but of course, writing isn’t a job, these people aren’t making a living out of it, and, in fact, they and their brethren don’t exist — it’s all a giant coverup by the publishing industry. Right? Right? AmIRight?
Writing can be a hobby. Writing can be a job. Writing can even be a chore. But categorically saying that writing isn’t a job is like saying that fishing isn’t a job because there are people who go fishing as a hobby.
Tell that to the million professional fishermen in the world. And then tell it to the tens of thousands of professional writers in the US (the Bureau of Labor Statistics list 136 500 “writers and authors” in the US in 2014, with a median income of $60 000/year).
Oh, and check out AuthorEarnings, too.