Re: 'author' vs. 'write'

Subject: Re: 'author' vs. 'write'
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- FS -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 22:45:20 +0800

Becca wrote:
> I think that "author" was selected to reflect our broadened
> responsibilities, from the times when a writer only wrote (and then
> gave it to a secretary to type - anyone else remember those times?).

That's how I've seen it used: "writing only takes up a third of my
time -- I interview, illustrate, edit, create Web pages, blah blah...".

To me this parallels the "What's my job title?" thread that pops up on
the list every couple of months. Some people feel that their title
should accurately describe all the tasks their job entails. (If your
business card says something like "Knowledge Engineer", you probably
also 'author' things.)

In a perfect world, our titles would increase the admiration and respect
we get from our business acquaintances. In practice, few people even
know what a technical writer is. Anything fancier will *whistle* over
their heads.

I suspect 19 people out of 20 would associate 'author' with 'novelist'.

Stuart Burnfield
Functional Software Pty Ltd
mailto:slb -at- fs -dot- com -dot- au

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