I’ve had about a half-dozen people tell me, “but you’re not an author,” which pisses me of , because I am an author. Professional full-time? No. I actually have a pet-sitting business I’m also working on, so this is just a side thing, as it is with most authors. Don’t quit your day job still applies here. But the second A Clear and Feathered went for sale, I became an author.
Welcome to new world of publishing, where self-published authors are now authors. John Locke has a great section in his book “How I Sold a Million Ebooks in Five Months” that talks about how big publishers created a stigma were self-publishers were looked down upon by calling self-publishing vanity publishing. No where else on Earth does this occur. He uses his own businesses as an example, I’ll use mine. I’m using my money to initially fund my pet sitting business, but nobody calls it vanity pet sitting. Why should selling my book be called a vanity investment, I’m doing the same exact thing as with my pet sitting business? Here I’m creating a product(as opposed to a service) and marketing it to potential customers. Same exact idea.
So yes, I’m an author and I don’t care what anyone else says; and if you’re a self-published author reading this, neither should you.