pigfender wrote:michaelbywater wrote:The last 150 years of the commercialisation of literature -- in the broadest sense -- will, I think, be seen by our posterity as a bit of a blip. Write like Hesiod, Aeschylus, Juvenal, Pliny, Donne, Herbert and all the rest: for the hell of it.
Or you can refuse to be a part of this tragic downturn. Be truculent way beyond the point of what is reasonable, and demand fair pair for a day's work.
F$@#^ Pliny, be Patterson*!
* - hell, the man isn't an author anymore, he's a genre.
Bit like refusing to be part of this mortality lark, eh, Fender, old Pig?
Demand the fair day's pay from whom? Who decides what's fair? And what if they say "Sod off"? Withdraw labour? WGA did that. Really changed the game in Hollywood. Screenwriters' usual contract used to be two drafts and a polish, but now.... NOW.... (cue throbbing MUSIC.... it's one draft and be off with you, churl. (Throws tattered bone) And that's only because I like you, schmuck!
There is bound to be an economic shift in any business where more people will produce the stuff for free than for the "fair day's pay". What's changed is the methods of distribution and exchange, and if that sounds a bit familiarly Marxian, so be it.
@Fluff: The Domperidone gag (ha) is fine but I wasn't feeling sick; merely realistic. To talk about writing without noticing that the entire financial basis of it as a profession is radically changing seems irresponsible. My point, to the OP, was that people have always written hoping to be read; but the period in which they've written hoping - perfectly reasonably - to be paid is, I suspect, a blip. If I had to put money on it, I'd say that in 30 years there'll be Pattersons and there'll be amateurs. Probably the amateurs will be doing the good stuff and the Pattersons will be very rich, but that's not without precedent...