When are you considered a professional writer based on income level?

United States
July 27, 2009 2:08pm CST
I'm new to myLot and I was wondering at what income level is an amateur writer considered a professional writer if they are being paid for their literary works? This struck me as a valid discussion topic since I and my fellow "myLot" participants are technically being paid to respond to or create discussion topics. I know that the money paid here is nowhere near what a dedicated professional writer is paid by a publishing house. Look forward to your responses on this topic.
3 responses
@snowy22315 (52784)
• United States
27 Jul 09
I would say if you make enough income to file a tax return based on your earnings you could probably consider yourself to be a professional writer. I have made some money writing this past year, but don't consider myself a writing professional yet. Maybe someday I will pass that threshold but it's not now.
• United States
27 Jul 09
I look at what it means to be a profesional. For one the pay is enough to take care of the bills and then some. Then as a profesional, people come to you to ask your opinion or seek knowledge from you based on your profession. So to me a professional writer not only makes enough money to not have to take out a loan for vacations but also has a knowledge base to share with the general public about writing.
@babykeka80 (2003)
• United States
27 Jul 09
I guess you could be considered a professional when you earn enough income to supplement a job. I dont think the amount you make on hear would really would make you a professional writer but I guess if you are paid on some of the other sites like Bukisa it might. I have no room to speak but I guess that would be the borderline dont ya think? What is your opinion?