Self-Publishers Should Not Be Called Authors

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To say that the landscape of publishing has dramatically changed over the last five years is an idiotic statement.  The landscape of publishing has been dramatically changing since it’s inception.  Just because someone finally noticed — after the printing press dramatically changed the landscape; after offset printing dramatically changed the landscape; after the computer dramatically changed the landscape; after the desktop computer dramatically changed the landscape; after Amazon dramatically changed the landscape; after Mobi dramatically changed the landscape; the Kindle dramatically changed the landscape; etc. — that there are no longer any walls stopping a writer from becoming a published author and that the gatekeeper concept is passe, it doesn’t mean the landscape has ‘dramatically changed.’

It just means that they’re not particularly observant.

And, boy, do they not understand where to submit a “book” to.  Not just anyone can write a book and submit it to “Smashwords, Kindle, Kobo or Nook.” Why?  Because the Kindle and Nook are brands of a readers, Kobo is a company, and only Smashwords accepts files … for eBooks – not physical dead-tree books.  Duh.

But this person – this blogger – wants to have the ability to decide who is a writer, and who is an author?  What an idiotic and egotistic snob!

Here’s a handy tip: If you can’t figure out that you submit files to Smashwords, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kobo Writing life, and Nook Press to create ebooks, and that you submit files to Lulu or Createspace to create physical books, then it’s a good bet that you don’t have the intellectual capacity God gave a turnip. It’s unlikely that your opinion is in any way valid when it comes to labeling anything in the publishing industry.  Ever. Period.

Did I hit a nerve?  Good.  I Hope I hit it nice and hard, dumbass.

To clarify:  A writer is someone who writes.  An author is someone who publishes.  That’s the “stark contrast.”  Duh.

Major writing organizations – including the Romance Writers of America, Canadian Writing Union, and the Published Authors Network – all recognize this.  The Science Fiction Writers of America are currently drafting guidelines to do the same.  Why?  Because indie authors are authors.  Duh.

Some random line in the sand like “If you can earn your living from your writing, you are a professional author” is simply moronic; if you write, you’re a writer.  If you publish, you’re an author.  If you earn a living from your writing, you’re damned lucky.

Bloggers who say that “indie authors and self-published authors who claim they are real authors makes me laugh” are ignorant to the point of lunacy.  I’m surprised they can find their keyboard with even a single finger, given the dearth of their displayed mental acuity.

The blogger who thinks there should be a ‘debate’ about what constitutes the difference between a writer and an author clearly doesn’t understand these two simple terms – and probably doesn’t understand the word ‘debate’ either.  He just desperately wants to be relevant in a landscape that he believes has ‘dramatically changed’ – although it’s painfully obvious that he is the one who hasn’t evolved.  If you can’t adapt and overcome … well, you write a blog, I guess.  Irrelevancy breeds contempt.

Well … good luck, little dinosaur.  I’m sure with your demonstrated blogging skills and depth of knowledge you’ll easily find a job in the fast food or housekeeping industries.

Get a job as a barista, and you might even get to meet real authors!