Recently, I’ve been wondering if as someone who has and is writing original novels, some of which I’ve published, as paperbacks and as e-books, I’m a writer or an author. I’ve also had poems, articles and short stories published in magazines and books.
I’ve been reading other people’s blogs where the question, “Am I an author, a writer, both, or neither?” is being discussed.
The arguments appear to fall into two camps: one camp bases the nomenclature on content and the other bases it on publishing. Camp 1 says, if you write, you’re a writer. If the writing is your own idea, originating with you, then you’re its author. If the writing is about someone else or about their ideas, you’re a writer. Camp 2 says if you write, you’re a writer. If your writing is published, you’re an author.
But Camp 2 can be broken down into Camp 2A, which says that you must publish a book, not a story or poem, to be called an author, and Camp 2B which states that the publisher must be a recognized publishing house; you can’t self-publish or be an indie publisher, otherwise you’re a writer but not an author.
The Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary makes it difficult to distinguish between author and writer. It defines an author as “the writer of a literary work (as a book)” and a writer as “one that writes.”
So far, I’m not clear about e-books and which camp you’re in if you consider an e-book a published book.
I would love to hear your opinion.