When are you no longer an amateur? | Peter J Foote

An excellent moment of self-reflection from one of our short story authors, Peter J Foote, whose work has appeared in both Sci-Fi from the Rock and Fantasy from the Rock.

Peter J. Foote

When I shared this little blog with my friends in an online writing group, several of them suggested that I might be denigrating myself by using the term “amateur author”.

That got me to thinking; “When are you an author?”

I’m sure this question has no limit of answers depending on who you ask, but in the end the only answer that really matters is the one that you subscribe too. While I do have a couple short stories published in print anthologies (the book launch of one of them happens to be today!), I hesitated to call myself an author because I was compensated in contributor copies rather than hard cash.

But does that make any difference?

In the end, I decided that published is published, and how I was “paid” didn’t matter. So then why did I still struggle to call myself an author?

I started thinking about the other writers I…

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