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What does it mean to be quote unquote Publsihed in this Age?

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Re: What does it mean to be quote unquote Publsihed in this

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Re: What does it mean to be quote unquote Publsihed in this

Postby TwoStepCharlie » Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:35 pm

To me, it has become very muddled as to what it means. It may mean nothing anymore, really--except to your family and friends, for your own sense of pride, or for the purposes of picking-up-chicks. There's just way too many charlatans and neophytes who can claim 'author status' these days. The term has almost become empty.

Same way with photography or cinema, any d00fus lately with any kind of digital camera can upload videos to YouTube and claim he's a "director". This is partly why everything is a disaster lately: it's like all the most pompous frauds from a Dickens novel have suddenly taken over culture.

I think the only thing that really carries any weight anymore is money. If you write something and it sells for six figures, that still has the power to raise an eyebrow. Or, let's say you are a career writer who has raised a family and you own a home, entirely on your income as a writer--that too, is impressive.

Academic publishing is different of course. My above remarks relate to pop lit.
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Re: What does it mean to be quote unquote Publsihed in this

Postby Carly Berg » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:57 pm

I think this is the way of the arts in general, whether writing, acting, art or music. What level someone is at or how financially successful they are with it is not immediately obvious in the same way that holding X job title at Y corporation, etcetera, is.

A few writers make anywhere from a bare to a fabulous living at it. Many more writers only make a few bucks here and there. And then there's the largest group by far, who won't have success at it aside from personal satisfaction (which can be huge to that person so I'm not discounting it). I believe most simply write when they can because they love it and hope for the best, which is fine. They certainly don't need to account for themselves to anyone who asks. But, others are truly poseurs, which some people find infuriating and others find hilarious. :p
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