From Writer to Author

While preparing for my FIRST EVER book signing this evening at Grounded, the coffee shop in the barn at First Baptist Church in New Philadelphia, Ohio, it occurred to me that there’s a difference between being a writer and being an author.

By definition, obviously, a writer is one who writes. This could be writing for any purpose — thank-you notes — personal letters or, more likely today, emails — jotting kind words in cards to ailing family and friends — notes to your kids’ teacher at school — entries in your diary — diatribes in which you vent your frothing emotions, then delete or tear it up before anyone reads them — journaling your spiritual progress as your study the Bible — writing stories you hope one day may be published but are currently only read by your family and/or critique partners.

An author, on the other hand, writes for a wider audience. And as such, an author must take responsibility for what he or she writes.

Like a lot of writers, I’m shy and introverted. I don’t like drawing attention to myself; I’d rather use a pen name and remain anonymous.

But practically speaking, I can’t. I have to stand up and admit to what I’ve written. And worse yet, I have to promote it. Even if I didn’t care about marketing for my own benefit, my publishing house has made an investment in me, and I’m obligated to do my best to help them recoup that.

I don’t know where this obligation will take me — where I might travel on my book signing adventures, who I might meet, what response my books might generate, who I might offend. But I’ve now moved from the frustrating but (now that I look back on it) rather comfortable position of being an unpublished writer, to being a real author. With all that the appellation entails.

Pray for me!


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6 thoughts on “From Writer to Author

  1. I’m praying my friend! But you will have a great time…and sell some books! Book signings are one of those events we hate until they’re over and then…why it was fun! And I am sure your obligations will take you to Iowa for a book signing.

  2. The book signing “party” was a success! I served as cashier and we sold about a dozen copies Wednesday night. In August, Yvonne will speak to the Tuscarawas Co. Writers’ Guild and in September, she joins 2 other authors at the New Philadelphia Library for a “meet the local authors” event. Prayers always appreciated.

  3. Yvonne, I’m SOOOO happy for you! I remember that day when we were having lunch at Buehlers when you told me about your book “deal”! I LOVE the book…!!! And you just be yourself, girl! What’s not to like? 🙂 Enjoy the adventure and maybe you’ll end up writing a book about it!

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