Second Quote From Pico Iyer:
The Dark Side of Being a Travel Writer
From an interview with Pico Iyer published in Travel Writing by Don George:
As a travel writer, how do you get the numbers to add up in terms of an income?
Quite simply, you don't -- and you never will. If you're going to try to write about place, I think you have to surrender at the outset any idea of doing it for the money; all the rewards will be internal ones. There was a boom in the publishing of "travel literature" a few years ago, and there will always be a market for travel pieces in magazines and newspapers, but really it can only be something on the side. To take an example, I have to write 10 pieces a month (on subjects other than travel) just to pay the bills; and although I've published eight books now, I can still only afford to live in a two-room flat in the countryside in Japan, paying rent as when I was a student, without bicycle or car or printer or almost anything. And I will get as much income from three weeks of covering the Olympics as from writing a book that almost kills me over a period of two years.
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