When Are You a Published Writer?
At my last writer’s group meeting we got onto the subject of, “When are you considered a published writer/author?”
Do you have to be paid for your work to be considered published?
What if you wrote a letter to the editor of your local newspaper? Are you considered published then?
Or if you have a poem in your child’s soccer club newsletter. Are you considered published then?
Indie authors get a lot of flack for self publishing instead of going the traditional way with either an agent or publisher. So does that mean we aren’t published writers?
I have been doing a little research on this and have found many different opinions as to what are the qualifications to be considered a published writer.
You can read a blog post by Scott Lindsay here for his opinion on being a published writer. http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/16161/writing/you_might_be_a_published_author_if.html
Here on yahoo, George says even if you write a blog post you are considered a published writer. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120613163824AAUSz8D
According to Rob Eagar “Self publishing does not make you a published author.” Read his post here http://www.startawildfire.com/2012/02/monday-morning-marketing-tip-self.html
Here’s the definition for publish on the Merriam- Webster site http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/publish
And last but not least here’s the definition for publish from the MacMillan Dictionary
There are many more and each seems to have a different opinion or definition as to what counts as being a published writer.
I want to know what you think?