An Author – #atozchallenge

I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge. The challenge is to post a letter a day, starting April 1st,  and run the alphabet until April 30th.  When I committed myself I was thinking I’d have plenty of time to write and perfect my posts, now March 30th and I know every post but J,K,Q,X, and Z. I’ll figure them out. So, let me get started.

An author is broadly defined as “the person who originated or gave existence to anything” and whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created. Narrowly defined, an author is the originator of any written work and can also be described as a writer. – Wikipedia

As I’ve scrolled through writing publications and blog posts, Author and Writer are used interchangeably. The common thread of putting fingers to keyboard or pen to paper to give form to an idea – fiction or non-fiction.

The notable exception to this idea is Dean Wesley Smith’s blog post The New World of Publishing: Writer vs. Author. He has some very specific thoughts about the difference between an Author and a Writer. In a nutshell, an author is all about what has been published and focuses on published books. While a writer is all about what they are currently working on and looking to the future.

The publishing world is evolving fast. Those with book in the marketplace are having to be savvy as to how they keep their books in the public eye. If you are an established writer, then you might receive some assistance from your publisher. If you are new to the marketplace, then the majority of the marketing will fall on you.

Marketing is as time intensive as writing.

An Author has to be a Writer and a Writer has to be an Author. We need to nurture what we have out in the world and work towards our future while living our lives.

Write

Live

Publish

Write More

 

 

 

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Check out these other blogs that are participating in the A to Z Challenge:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/ 
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/ 
Author Stephen Tremp http://authorstephentremp.blogspot.com/ 
Tina @ Life is Good http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/ 
Damyanti@Amlokiblogs http://amloki.blogspot.com/ 
Jeremy @ Being Retro http://www.beingretro.com/ 
Nicole Ayers – The Madlab Post www.madlabpost.com
M. J. Joachim’s Writing Tips http://mjjoachim.blogspot.com 
Heather M. Gardner http://hmgardner.blogspot.com/ 
AJ @ Naturally Sweet http://frodofrog.blogspot.com 
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian http://unconventionallibrarian.com

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4 comments

  • Excellent photo to illustrate the point! In some ways I think marketing is more time-consuming than writing…but probably because I don’t like to do it. 🙂 Welcome to the A to Z!

    River Fairchild – A to Z Challenge, a Jeremy’s Angels Co-Host Minion
    Seasoned With Words

    • Thanks! I understand the aversion to marketing. I struggle with it too. Glad you stopped by!

  • Visiting on the 2nd day of the #Challenge. Nice to find a fellow writer. I love social media but it becomes my excuse for not writing! Finding a balance between self promotion and writing is not easy. If you have time or interest, I’m writing about gardening inspired by my pinterest boards for the #atoz. I loved doing it, but no new chapters on a second novel. See what I mean.

    • Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 You’re right, balance is the key to everything. Work, writing, life – it’s all about keeping the equilibrium.

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