I don't know.
Probably not the answer some of you were expecting. For others, you know exactly where I'm coming from.
I can set up a Goodreads author page, which I have.
I can partner up with another great writer to share in the responsibilities of promoting our novels, which was announced earlier this week. Thank you to all who've responded because you are all so darned awesome!!
But do I become an author now that I've declared my self-publishing intentions - much like a traditionally published writer has their book deal made public? Or is it when the reader can hit the "Buy with one-click" button on Amazon?
I don't know. But I'm learning. A lot.
Perhaps when October 8th gets here, I'll feel like I've become an author. (first I have to finish final revisions and edits OMG what have I done???)
I doubt it, though. I am a writer. Maybe I've been a writer so long it's just ingrained in who and what I am. The author title just gets to join along for the ride.
Writer and reader friends, what do you think it means to become an author?