What does literary merit mean

What is a writer?

What is a writer? A short profile

As a writer, you write literary texts such as novels, short stories, poems and dramas. You think up stories, plan courses of action and develop characters. Together with an editor, you will revise the manuscript until it is ready for printing. After all, you can hold your own work in your hands.

Providers of writing courses

If you want to become a writer, you can complete a suitable further education at the following institutes.

What tasks do I have as a writer?

Your main job is to write. You do research before and during the writing of your book to familiarize yourself with a topic.

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You send your manuscript to publishers. There an editor evaluates your text and decides whether it has potential. If the publisher is interested in your project, the editor will discuss the manuscript with you and suggest improvements. Until the work is finally finished, you usually revise it several times. After the book is published, you can go on a reading tour and give interviews.

tasks and activities

  • Do research
  • Write
  • Revise manuscripts
  • Search publisher
  • Negotiate fee
  • Give readings and interviews

What tasks and activities do I deal with?

First and foremost, of course, is writing. The first text version is not the last: You rewrite text passages, add sections or delete them entirely. This diagram shows you how your activities are distributed on average.

Tasks of a writer

What is my day-to-day work as a writer like?

As a writer, you can largely organize your daily routine freely. However, there are some appointments that you should use as a guide, for example readings, interview appointments and meetings with the lecturer.

Where do I work as a writer?

Writer is a freelance profession in the field of literature. Most of the time you work at home in your study. When you go on a book tour, you will be in different cities - possibly even worldwide.

Which companies are looking for writers?

  • In order to publish a work as a writer, you work with a publisher. Publishers are looking for writers with good manuscripts, but they do not advertise writers' jobs.
  • Portals such asbod.de andlulu.com. There you make your work available. When a user orders the book, it is printed.

What salary does a writer earn?

Because writers are freelance workers, income will vary. The higher the circulation of the book and the awareness of the author, the higher the merit. As a writer, you receive a certain percentage of the retail price minus VAT for every book sold. The percentage depends on the sales figures. This table shows the fees customary in the industry.

outputShare of sales in% *Items sold *

Original edition (hardcover)

10up to 5,000
125.000 – 20.000
15from 20,000

 

 

Paperback

5up to 20,000
620.000 – 40.000
740.000 – 100.000
8100.000 – 500.000
until 12from 500,000
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Additional income opportunities arise through lectures, seminars and readings. Only a few writers can live from writing alone and therefore have a sideline.

How do I become a writer?

To become a writer, it is important that you enjoy writing and that you are talented. There is no regular training. Many writers have taught themselves the craft. Nevertheless, it can be helpful if you acquire background knowledge of literary writing. You can also study or take a distance learning course.

Education

Prerequisites are the general university entrance qualification or the technical college entrance qualification and the passing of an entrance examination. In order to convince the university of your talent, you submit literary work samples. You can study at the following universities:

UniversityCourse of studygraduation
University of LeipzigLiterary writingBachelor of Arts
University of LeipzigLiterary writingMaster of Arts
University of HildesheimLiterary writingMaster of Arts

In the bachelor's degree you will write texts and acquire knowledge about:

  • Narrative theory
  • Literary business
  • Literary genres
  • Poetry
  • prose
  • Scenic writing
  • Literary history

Your own literary project is the focus of the master’s program. The admission requirement is a first degree.

You can study at the University of Leipzig without an academic degree if you have already published works of fiction. At both universities, your artistic aptitude will be checked through an admissions process that consists of a written and an oral part. First you set out in writing your motivation and suitability for the course and describe the project you would like to work on during your studies. If this is convincing, you will receive an invitation to an interview.

Distance learning

Distance learning is suitable for you if you already have a job and would like to continue your education on the side. You do not have to meet any special requirements to complete a distance learning course. But you should like to write and have a feel for language. After completing the course, you will receive a certificate from the respective academy. The following institutes offer distance learning:

providerscourseDuration of studycosts

 

 

School of writing

The great school of writing36 monthsapprox. € 2,600
Roman workshop30 monthsapprox. € 5,100
Fiction24 Monthsapprox. € 2,200
Children's and youth literature24 Monthsapprox. € 2,200

Institute for Learning Systems (ILS)

Become an author - learn to write, author's workshop18 monthsapprox. € 2,200
Author of books for children and young people24 Monthsapprox. € 2,300
Creative writing9 monthsapprox. € 1,000

Fernakademie Klett

Become an author - learn to write18 monthsapprox. € 2,200
Author of books for children and young people24 Monthsapprox. € 2,300
Study Community Darmstadt (SGD)Become an author - learn to write professionally18 monthsapprox. € 2,200
Author of books for children and young people24 Monthsapprox. € 2,300
Laudius' world of studyAuthor of books for children and young people20 monthsapprox. € 1,350

Herbert's report on distance learning

Rating: 4.4 / 5

The school of writing gave me a good basis to professionalize my texts and television reports. I come from the arts and crafts and I didn't have the basic school knowledge to write texts. I am very satisfied with the three-year course.

Read the whole experience report on FernstudiumCheck.de

Course contents are for example:

  • Work techniques
  • Research, synopsis, manuscript
  • Figures, framework, dialogues
  • Stylistic devices
  • Short prose, novel, book for children and young people
  • Play, script
  • biography
  • Poetry

Summary

5 good reasons to become a writer:

  • You can live out your passion for writing.
  • With the help of your imagination, you will come up with exciting stories.
  • Whether a crime thriller, fantasy novel or play - you can try out the many varieties of literature.
  • You can devote yourself to topics that interest you in your books.
  • With a special idea for a story and an excellent writing style, you can become very successful.