What makes an author? Extract from Written Off

EXTRACT FROM WRITTEN OFF – WHAT MAKES AN AUTHOR?

He’d authored a book, true, but you couldn’t claim to be an author if you hadn’t been published. Nor could you call yourself an author if you’d self-published – that was cheating wasn’t it? Someone in Eric’s position could say he’d written a novel. That didn’t even make him a writer per se, just someone who aspired to be a writer and had given it a go. Everybody knew that just because someone had written a book, it didn’t mean it was any good. Such a milestone, fulfilling as it was, certainly didn’t earn the appellation of ‘writer’ or ‘author’ for the person who’d penned it. Still, if he wasn’t a ‘writer’ or ‘author’ yet, what was he? An ‘aspiring novelist’, perhaps, or a ‘would-be wordsmith’? God, both of those were twee. Best steer clear of epithets altogether or risk appearing presumptuous.

 

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