Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 11:31 am

this is where i say, cool

Related to the entire Unfunny Prowriter making vague whining sounds about fanfic that we all celebrated in song and rhyme and whatnot, but much more interesting.

From comments, [journalfen.net profile] sapote3:
It took me a couple of days to source this, but I think it's pretty accurate. According to the US Department of Labor, there are about 43,000 people who make their living through writing (including screenwriting, ads, movies, etc), but only about 8,000 that make a living writing for newspapers, periodicals, books, and directories (all combined). According to the Writer's Directory 2010, there are about 23,000 writers in the world who have published at least one book in English, including nonfiction works. The Directory of American Writers and Poets (again, including nonfiction) lists about 8,000 names. According to Wikipedia, fanfiction.net has two million users, and I don't even know how big lj fandom is - lj searches top out at 2,000 people. Heck, there as many active Dreamwidth accounts as there are writers who have published any book in English ever - 23,000ish.

So while my numbers are vague, I think the idea that we're a smaller population then prowriters is pretty laughable. - link to comment


Can I say "Welcome to Thunderdome." in portentous tones now and be culturally relevant or is that too melodramatic? Because come the fuck on. My log alone for the last two years numbers above one thousand authors and I only read in four fandoms actively. AO3--which is in beta--has 6946 authors to date.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say, yeah. This is not an improbable conclusion.

Note: non-English speaking work is not represented, though now I would be interested if we could even get world-wide statistics in publishing both English and non-English works. I guess individually pulling from each country's equivalent department would do it if it were public information, with a variable for translated works (I once read Basic Instinct--yes, Basic Instinct--in Finnish). Especially since from what I can tell, I think several of the non-English language fanfic communities are extremely robust and growing fairly rapidly.

PS Do we count non-published doujin? And someone give me the right spelling on that one, google and wiki were not helpful.

I am posting so I won't buy boots, okay? Okay.

ETA: Okay, off-topic, but there's an awesome discussion on hobby mining here. Hobby mining! Tell me that is not awesome.
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2010-05-20 01:49 am (UTC)
Um, I actually have a death ray? The prices aren't that bad? Especially if you wait for a sale at the right time of the year or get some of the used parts they occasionally have?

http://unitednuclear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=27_82

The best thing about United Nuclear is their incredibly reasonable prices for being all hand-made, in house components. Proud supplier and completely above board.

Plus: everything the hobby nuclear physicist needs as well.
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2010-05-20 01:29 pm (UTC)
LOL But it's science! How can you deny science?
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2010-05-20 02:07 pm (UTC)
Sweet baby cheese on a cracker, this is *amazing*. I needed this information with my morning coffee, I really, really, did.
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2010-05-20 02:44 pm (UTC)
damn. I just wasted a bunch of time trying to find a "a death ray would be nice" panel at girlgeniusonline.com so I could make you an icon. I may have to get the flying monkeys to do it ...

2010-05-21 06:06 am (UTC)
Is this (top right) the panel you were thinking of?
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2010-05-22 12:39 am (UTC)
No, I thought there was another one ... like, someone gives her a ring, and she mumbles "why are they always giving me jewelry? What's wrong with nice death ray?"

... or something?

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