This made the gears in my mind start turning over. We are living in a time where the terms "writer," "author," and "publisher" are fluid and blurry. They are constantly changing and many of us cannot agree on one definition for any of these words.
What is the distinction between an author and a writer? Many have told me that a writer becomes an author after they have been published. What if you were published by a vanity press and only a handful of people bought your novel? Does it still count? What about people that self-publish? Though they haven't gone through the traditional channels that used to define the publishing industry, have they still made the transition to author?
Just like many others, I am at a loss when it comes to answering these questions. I prefer to just try to keep up with the many different directions that the publishing industry is going in and to judge them by their own outcomes. I am slowly learning to turn to the Internet for my reading material, along with the bookstore. As always, however, I will decide for myself if a piece is worth reading or not. No matter who published it.