Are We Authors?
I’ve seen this posted on the internet that many of us who write and publish books are not authors. Can you believe it? We are hacks, wannabes and the great pretenders. Never mind that we sit at the keyboard pouring our heart and soul onto the screen, then some yahoo comes along and states you are not an author.
Let’s look up the definition of an author:
Author – a writer of a book, article, or report
Definition of a writer:
Writer – a person who has written a particular text.
Interesting. I seem to fit the above definitions. I’m willing to bet all of you fit the definitions as well. So how can another person or group of people claim we are not authors? I have read a number of eBooks and some of those books shouldn’t have been published. Tons of mistakes, hard to follow the story, etc. I have also read many indie published books that were great and I placed those books in my read again collection, the highest honor I can give a book.
There are experts out there who claim if you don’t publish with one of the five traditional publishers, and receive royalty checks, you are nothing. These experts know everything there is to know about being a writer and an author and since it’s on the web, it must be true. Even a number of well-known authors have said the same thing. Another thing, what do they mean by a Professional Author? If you write and publish, you are a professional in my opinion. Of course, there are a number of famous authors out there that I would never read again. In some cases, I couldn’t even finish reading the book. Are these famous authors also professional authors? Is it because their books are so-called best-sellers or made into movies? Big deal.
If the story is boring or the characters dull, I don’t care who wrote the book, I won’t read it.
It also seems if you don’t earn a certain amount from your work each year, you are not an author.
Excuse me, but measuring a person by how much they unfair. Especially when you self-publish. Which brings up a valid point: the rush to publish something. Sure, we would love to make a lot of money with what we write, but poor writing and editing defeats that purpose.
A suggestion has been made to firmly define what an author is and who can qualify as one. What I’d like to know is who would make this determination? What qualifications do they have to decide whether I am an author or not? I don’t appreciate people trying to tell me what I am or am not. No one has that right over another person.
I don’t know about you, but that really pisses me off. I work damn hard writing, rewriting, and editing my work. I create my own covers, do my own marketing, and to have someone say I am not a real author? If you don’t feel insulted by this, you should be.
With the advent of eBooks and eReaders, the opportunity for being an author has exploded and people are taking advantage of it. There is nothing wrong with that, since I’m part of that group. Along with a lot of you reading this. However, if you don’t edit and proofread your work before you hit the publish button or use crappy covers for your work; you give the trolls on the web fodder for their blogs. Do yourself and all the other indie authors a favor:
Use beta readers
Edit your work
Do a final proofread using different fonts and sizes. Fix any errors you find.
Check the formatting of your ebook before you publish it. I’ve come across a number of eBooks with such bad formatting I couldn’t read it.
Have a great cover, not something that looks like a blind monkey made it. If you can’t make a good cover yourself; there are a lot of premade covers on the web at reasonable prices.
Follow the above advice and everyone will be happy, Especially your readers.
May the words ever flow!