Are you a graphic novelist? What do you need to flourish professionally? Mentoring? Money? A space to write? Multidisciplinary workshops? Networking opportunities? Then you might just want to complete the UK Writers Survey, a project initiated by the Royal Society of Literature.
90 years ago, Virginia Woolf said that to be a writer, a woman needed money and a room of her own. In 2019, the Royal Society of Literature has launched a writers survey, asking what writers – at different stages of their careers, from different backgrounds, and from across the UK – need today in order to flourish professionally.
An independent survey commissioned by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society‘s (ALCS) in 2018 found that on average a writer earns £10,500 a year for their writing, down from the equivalent of £18,000 in 2005.
“Is money the thing writers most need to work?” asks the RSL, “And is financial support more important for a second work or production than at the beginning of your career? Is the existence of public libraries more important to a writer as they’re starting out than the endorsement of peers? Is the most important thing of all having somewhere to write from?
“We want you, writers, to tell us what you need to thrive.”
The survey is for writers who currently earn some income from writing or seek to do so. Wherever you are in your writing career, whether you’ve just started and never been published or if you’re a world-renowned writer with 30 titles or productions to your name. If you think of yourself as a writer, are aged 16 or older and are resident in the UK, the RSL want to hear from you.
The publish findings of this research will be published on Dalloway Day, 19th June 2019. The survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete and as a thank you for your time, you can choose to enter a prize draw to win a £20 National Book Token.
Founded in 1820, the RSL is the UK’s charity for the advancement of literature and acts as a voice for the value of literature, engage people in appreciating literature, and encourage and honour writers.
Funded by ALCS, evaluated by The Audience Agency, the Royal Society of Literature is leading this research in consultation with writer development organisations across the UK, including: Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland, Literature Wales, Literature Works, National Centre for Writing, New Writing North, New Writing South, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Poetry Library, Society of Authors, Spread the Word, The Literary Consultancy, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Writing East Midlands and Writing West Midlands.
• Over on Twitter, the Royal Society of Literature promoted their survey to reach out to graphic novelists with the V for Vendetta-inspired image used above. I tracked it down to long since removed New York Street art, photographed by many, including TokiDoki
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.