Recently someone asked me what I do for a living. I answered with, “I’m an Author.” and they asked me where they could buy my book. I said, “I haven’t published it yet.” They said, “So you’re a writer, not an author.” This really made me think to myself, “Are you a writer or an author?”
But what’s really the difference? What makes someone qualified to be considered an Author?
Are you a Writer?
A Writer is someone who writes. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, or short stories, you are a writer. Even if you have been writing for a week or for many years, you are a writer. Writers have a need to share information with others and there are many ways to do so. The type of genre doesn’t make the Writer. The fact that you write makes you a Writer.
Are you an an Author?
An Author is someone who writes books. That’s the literal definition, “a writer of a book”. It says nothing about having to be published in order to be considered an Author. If you are writing a book, you are an Author. It is that simple. Now, the purpose of writing a book is to publish it for others to read, but that is not a requirement to claim the title of an Author.
If you’re writing a book you are both a Writer and an Author. It doesn’t matter whether your book is published yet or not. Don’t let anyone tell you different, especially if they aren’t a writer OR an author.
We should be building each other up, not tearing each other down. Claim the title of Writer and Author and let it motivate you to continue writing your book. Eventually you will publish it, but you’re already an Author.