Being a Writer not an Author

I normally do a how-to blog in this slot but I recently read a blog by Dean Wesley Smith and wanted to share it. He talks about whether someone should be a writer or an author and how this can affect success and finances.

I really liked the concept and thought it was an interesting way to look at people’s attitudes to what they do. I also often get the question ‘so how’s the book?’ so far I usually reply, ‘which one?’

Here’s the link anyway, let me know what you all think. Writer or Author?

The New World of Publishing: Writer vs Author

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  1. Chris says:

    Interesting, but not sure I agree with it entirely. Take yourself for example, you do a lot of marketing and take a keen interest in it, but you also are focussed on more than one piece of writing. I would argue that a person can be both, and would say that you Jess are most certainly both.

    I think it’s better to think of them as two mindsets, one sees the writing as the product another the book as a product. His argument seems to be that those which see it as a book will loose the art of writing and that those who see it as writing won’t care about marketing it as a book. To be one or the other seems wrong to me, as always looking forward or back both feel too limited. There should be more balance.

    He does make a good point about hunger for moving forward. To be a continuing successful writer, you have to keep going but that’s certainly not necessary for an author.

    To be a successful author without promotion though takes some mighty fluke. So if you want your writing to earn you anything major, then I think some author thinking is essential.

    I would personally put myself in the writer camp, as the idea of having a book doesn’t interest me at all, but I don’t see this as a good thing. I actually see it as almost a laziness in myself to stop caring when the fun part is done.

    Good article though, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Jess says:

      I kinda see myself as both as well. I’m aware I need to keep writing but aware a certain amount of marketing needs doing or no one will hear of me. Well they might but It’s not good to leave it all to the word of mouth recommendations of other people. I read somewhere it takes 7 positive notices of a brand before anyone will usually buy into it. I should at least be encouraging a few of those myself, even if word of mouth does the rest (which is the prefered. I want my work to speak for itself)

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