Last week, I wrote about the difference between the terms writer and author. This week I want to know, when do you get to call yourself an author?
I have friends who write for very well-known blogs, or have established blogs of their own, but haven’t written a complete manuscript and thus won’t use the word to describe themselves. Are they authors?
What if you’ve written a fabulous, world-inventing novel, poured your heart and soul into it, but haven’t sent it out for publication yet? Are you an author?
What if that same manuscript is with an agent — do you get to call yourself an author now?
How about self-publishing? Was Amanda Hocking any less an author than JK Rowling when Hocking was self-publishing millions of ebooks? Or is it Hocking’s deal with St. Martin that makes her a ‘real’ author?
Is it the act of creating that makes you an author? Is it the number of people who read your books? Or is it the validation of having someone in the publishing industry say you are?
I’ll share my opinion in the comments. What’s yours?