What does the term “pre-published” mean? Some writers who are in the process of completing a manuscript or querying agents have come to call themselves pre-published, but is that really the case? Several published authors I’ve talked to over the years wouldn’t agree. Apparently, the publishing industry calls an author pre-published during the period where the author sold his/her book to a publisher and is awaiting his/her release date. This is the time where edits are done, a book cover is designed, and ARCs (advanced reader’s copy) have been distributed.
Now, that’s what I’ve heard. Do you have more information that could shed some light on the term “pre-published”?
What about the term “author”? Can we call ourselves authors if we are not yet published? I believe we can. Although, I usually forget to go by that title myself. I’m still stuck on “writer”, nothing wrong with that. As far as I’m concerned, if you’ve completed a piece of literary work, you’re an author. How long should that work be? Well, that’s up for discussion. I’ve always thought of it as a full manuscript, even if it’s only the first draft. Not everyone can write a book end-to-end. For me, a writer would possibly attempt to write a book, but an author has completed one. And once you’re published, then you’re a published author.
I really should force myself to use “author”. It sounds better, doesn’t it? What do you think about using “author” over “writer”?