I classify anyone who is making any profit off of writing an author. (I thought I already posted that.)
Originally Posted by Joe Zeff
Thank you, CC.
I cut my teeth on Scene and Structure, Plot, and Beginnings, Middles and Ends from the Writers' digest series.
Lawrence Block (very hands on) and Sol Stein were also very helpful.
Now I find Donald Maass very helpful.
As far as who is or is not a writer/author, I like Vonnegut's definition. He said something like, "Anyone who has ever written a book, even a bad book, is a colleague of mine."
If you write, you're a writer.
If you make money at it, you're a professional.
Chaucer didn't make a penny at it.