Last in our series, Kate looks at the work of an author.
What do authors do?
Write books! Many authors supplement their income with related roles like teaching creative writing, editing and proof-reading services, copy writing.
Who would you work for?
Freelance for the writing. Other roles (above) could be done as a freelancer or you could be employed by a university, college, publishing firm etc.
Are there actually any jobs in this sector?
Yes, but you have to create the opportunities. Getting an agent is still the most common way of getting a book to market- you’ll need to find an agent who is interested in your type of work and submit a cover letter with your book (giving them a reason to read it!). Twitter is a good way to identify specific agents and their interests and you can use The Writers & Artist’s Yearbook. The average advance for an author in the UK is £6,600 (June 2015), hence the need for a portfolio career.