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My Two Cents on Being a Published Author

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

Happy Sunday my lovelies! Today’s post may be short and sweet, but I'm giving you my two cents on being a published author!



I've talked a few times about the difference between being a writer vs an author. Most people say, an author has been published, and a writer has not.


So let me preface this post with a couple of definitions.


Author (noun): a writer of a book, article, or report.


Writer (noun): a person who has written a particular text.

Definitions from Oxford Languages


Here’s the distinction I see. Authors have written a book, article, or report. The definition doesn't include it having to be published, we in the writing community make that distinction. Writer just means you’ve written something. It doesn't specify what. An accountant could be a writer of emails, or musings, or a diary. The only distinction Oxford makes is that an author has written something specific.


What is the point of this weird rant, you may ask…


Well here goes…


I, Rose Rayne Rivers, am officially a published author!


Aside from the posts on this blog (which is undeniably a publication and means I have already been published), I never considered myself published. But as of 3:30 am Eastern time on August 21, 2022, I am a published author!!


Several weeks ago, I submitted a short story to the online literary website Spillwords.com and they decided to publish it! You can find it here:




I'm beyond thrilled and would not have been able to achieve this goal if not for the wonderful contests offered by Globe Soup and the encouragement from the members of the Love to Write! Group.


Thanks to anyone who's reading this blog or who will ultimately read the story. Without your support, I’d be lost.


So that's it, folks! That's my two cents on being a published author… I did it!!!





Thanks for reading and have a great week!

XOXO

-Rose Rayne Rivers


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