This survey picked literary jobs as being the most desirable to have in Britain with author the top pick. I obviously can see why it would come out on job, it having been my dream job for a long time, but I wonder how many of the 60% that picked it did so because they have fantasies of JK Rowling like popularity and wealth? Perhaps it was the idea of one becoming one of the 1% of authors who make millions at this job that attracted them to it. I wonder if it would be more beneficial for them to play the lottery instead?!
I did make me smile though to know that I’m getting the opportunity to do something that so many other people seem to what to do. Although it’s not my sole job at the moment (and may never be!), it’s very exciting to achieve something I’ve been working towards for years. And that’s key really – although being an author may seem like a dream job for so many, it takes as much hard work as some of the lower chosen careers on the list and it’s arguably a lot harder to break into publishing than it is to break into other industries although they probably pay a lot better.
But that’s why publishing will always be desirable – it allows people to work with what they’re passionate about: books! Whether you write them yourself or work to help get books made and on the shelves, you do it because you get to work with something you’ve probably loved since you were little. And that’s why despite the hard work, the knock-backs and the potential of not making that list 1% of superstar authors, we want this job.
Seeing your book on a bookshelf one day would really be a dream come true.
Is being an author your dream job?