Tuesday, April 2, 2013

When Can You Say You're an Author?

I've been tossing that word around on a few different websites with regard to myself for a month or two now. I put it on my Facebook page. I updated my header here to indicate I am one, because I have written this book.

But when can you say it and feel like it's true? Because even though I've written a book now, it doesn't feel real. The closest it has come to feeling real is when I revealed my book cover a few weeks ago. That day I was overwhelmed with the feeling that this was becoming true.

But since then the feeling has faded again.

Many people seem to think that because they put words on paper or a screen that that makes them a writer or author. I don't dispute that - for them. It doesn't work for me though.

I have a feeling I won't truly feel like an author until one very specific thing happens.

Until I actually sell my very first book.

I think at that moment I will BELIEVE that I AM an author. I hope that day isn't too far away.

If you are new to my blog or have missed the info about my book, check out the tab that says Lifeboat above.

Are you an author or writer? When did it feel real for you?


  1. I've sold a few hundred of my books and still don't feel like an author. Not sure I ever will. Maybe it's that SP v TP thing.

    1. Trevor - that is good to hear! It isn't just me. Although I did sell my very first book yesterday and I rode that high all day. Thank you for taking the time to comment on your experience.