Writers, Authors,Editors By: AAron, Skylar, erica, & NATHANIEL

Writing is essential to all our lives

• Record keeping

• Comparison

• Imagination/ Entertainment

Writers express ideas in writing, Authors write literary works, Editors correct and analyze creations.


A writer brainstorming Ideas

A writers is one that expresses ideas in writing or one engaged in literary work; as a writer you can write about others thoughts and ideas.

Education required - Usually a bachelor's degree

Other majors you can consider

  • English
  • Journalism
  • Comunications

Key Skills

  • Writing talent
  • Originality
  • Ability to work independently
  • Self-promotion abilities

Projected Job Growth (2014-2024) : 2% for all writers and authors

Median Annual Salary (2015) : $60,250 for all writers and authors

Why should you become a writer?

1. Ultimate Expression of Creativity

2. You can change lives

3. You get free therapy

4. Your office is anywhere and everywhere

5. You will never ask “What if…”

Interesting Facts About Writers

  • Peter Bales reportedly produced a complete, handwritten copy of the Bible so small it could fit inside a walnut shell.
  • Friedrich von Schiller kept rotten apples in his desk, claiming he needed the scent of their decay to help him write.
  • When Dr. Seuss was stuck writing his books, he would go to a secret closet filled with hundreds of hats and wear them till the words came.
  • Mickey Spillane ordered 50,000 copies of his 1952 novel Kiss Me, Deadly to be destroyed when the comma was left out of the title.


Authors (a subset of writers) are writers of a book, article or report; the writer of a literary work; one that originates or creates something

Education (Highest level required)- All you need is a Bachelor’s degree!

Useful Majors

  • English
  • Literature
  • Communications
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Advertising

Skills Include

  • Writing talent
  • Originality
  • Ability to work independently
  • Self-promotion capability
  • Ability to except criticism
  • Determination

Average Annual Salary (2015): $60,250

Projected Job Growth (2014-2024): 2% (writers and authors)

So why should you become an author?

  1. Flexibility
  2. Income
  3. Freedom
  4. Publicity
  5. Influence
  6. Passion


1. John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” earned a $9 million yearly pay check.

2. Veronica Roth, the author of the trilogy “Divergent,” was paid a total of $17 million from print and e-book sales.

3. J.K. Rowling was ranked 3rd on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid authors earning a net worth of $19 million.

4. The highest-paid author was James Patterson, earning $95 million before tax.


An editor is a person who corrects and make changes to texts or films before they are printed, and shown; as well as determines the the final content. They can also be a person who is in charge of a newspaper, and magazines. Editors are responsible for all of its reports.

Education (Highest Level Required) - Bachelor's degree

Most Useful Majors

  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • English
  • Comparable discipline ( Graphic Arts )

Experience needed - Entry-level editorial Internship

Key Skills

  • Grammar
  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Computer skills
  • knowledge of publishing and communication tools

Annual Salary

Periodical publishers – on average earn $60,120 per year

Best-paid publishers work for computer and computer peripheral manufacturers, where they earn an average of $91,710 per year

Projected Job growth -5% from 2014-2024.

Why should you be an editor?

1. Work place choices

2. Excellent Pay

3. Attracts and gains the trust of educated readers

4. Eliminates grammar and sentence structure problems.

5. Editors are intuitive time-savers

A Couple Fun Facts about Editors

  • Authors tend to mention their editors
  • J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was published without any editor input or structural fixing first.

“Thus says the LORD, The God of Israel, Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book” (Jeremiah 30:2).

Writers express ideas

Authors create and produce information

Editors Find flaws in the work of creators.

Any Questions?


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