Am I a real writer? It's something every writer asks themselves at one point. We wonder what is the defining moment that signifies we are no longer aspiring but are full blown writers. I've wondered that, more so now that I'm getting close to self publishing my first story.
Am I a real writer?
People are telling me yes I am. I'm a real author too... or will be once I hit publish. Still, some small part of my brain keeps a seed of doubt. Am I really a real writer and author if I indie publish? I want to say yes but I know not everyone agrees with that. The other day, I saw a goodreads review on one of Amanda Hocking's books. The person said they wondered if the book would have been better if a decent editor had helped Miss Hocking. The person also said she picked up the book to see what the hype was and if an indie book could be as good as a traditionally published book. The over all impression I got was this particular person doesn't think indie authors are on the same level as traditional. They aren't real authors. (Note: this person did admit they got sucked into the story and enjoyed it. Also that was an impression I got, I have no idea what that person's real view on indie authors is.)
I know there will be people that believe indie authors aren't real authors. There will be people who won't buy my book because I published myself. And that small seed of doubt, that's what it believes. It thinks I should have gone the traditional route, queried for an agent or submitted to publishers. Can I really call myself a real author if I don't have the approval of some publisher? I didn't even query for an agent or send a submission to a single publisher. When I started looking into publishing I was going to. I had a whole file of possible agents to query. Then the publishing world started to change and as I researched, indie looked more appealing, the better route for me to take.
So I made my decision. Now I have a book cover, I hired a real editor to proofread my story and find errors. I'm slogging through formatting, wondering if I should just hire someone. I'm shining my story up myself, doing all the work an agent and publisher would do. I am enjoying every, terrifying second. I am going to be a published author, a real writer. Whether my stories are loved or hated, I am the real deal.
Because that's what I believe.