This entered my world today.
You know I’m not one to respond to much, but this frosts me. While it is true that not all writers are good ones, and not all authors will make money (or even publish in the traditional way), the underlying discrimination in the article is plain… and as far as I’m concerned, detrimental to the writer’s craft as a whole.
Why? That person who has yet to attain Kozlowski-Author status may reach it in time. Crush their spirit before they get there, and they may not continue. Without their work and participation in the world of writing, we stand to lose something
The thing that we lose has no distinct measurement: the passion and energy of a new writer. Coupled with that, we lose their potential participation in writer’s groups, critical pursuits, and brainstorming sessions.
Is being elitist worth the loss of potential participants?
My personal point of view is closer to the old British legal concept of “the thing and the very thing.”
If it is made of flour, a liquid, yeast, and baked, it is bread.
If you write a book, published or not, you are an author.
If you write at all, you are a writer.
As a former art student, and fine artist, I can teach ANYONE to draw. That is simply technique. The student’s passion, interest, innate talent, and willingness to practice, dictate their chances of success. Being a writer, or an author, is no different.
Modern electronic publishing, whether it is web content, fiction, non-fiction, short, or long, is a gaping maw. There is room for everyone. Success will happen for individuals like it always does, as a combo platter of serendipity, recognition, and excellence of work.