When is someone entitled to be called a writer or author? When eBook authors and self-publishing became popular, the line when someone could be called ‘writer’ or ‘author’ became more blurred.
Is an author entitled to be called a writer if he/she had articles published by websites? Same question goes for eBook writers and self-published authors with printed books.
The DailyWritingTips simply rate writer expertise into three levels: expert, learner, or amateur: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/a-writing-competence-matrix/. My proposal is that a rating authority for writers be created. Unrated ‘writers’ will then know they shouldn’t be calling themselves ‘writers’ yet. Let’s say a writer with an article published by a reputable on-line site be called a One-Star Writer; a writer whose eBook was published by a major publisher be called a Two-Star Writer; bestselling authors be rated Five-Star writers. I don’t think rating authors just between ‘novice’ and ‘bestseller’ would work. What do you think?