Day 27 – Favourite non-mainstream writer

March 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Since most of what I read is genre fiction, you could say that all of them are non-mainstream.

I like the way today’s topic is written.  “Writer” is so much better than “Author”.

Personally, I use the term “Author” in a mostly derogatory manner.  Anne Rice was a “Writer” when she published Interview with Vampire and The Vampire Lestat.  She became an “Author” starting with Queen of the Damned.  Tom Clancy held out longer as a “Writer”, not becoming an “Author” until Debt of Honor.

So what is the difference between a “Writer” and an “Author”?

A writer is a craftsman that puts together a good story with solid writing, usually with the help of a good editor.

An author is a former writer that is in desperate need of an editor.

Occasionally, an author will manage to crank out a well written book, but the odds are against it.

If Harry Potter had continued on for another two books, Rowling would have become an “Author”.  You can see it coming in The Half Blood Prince and The Deathly Hollows.  There’s more fat and gristle in those two books than in all five of the previous books combined.  Fortunately, she and her editors managed to hold it below the USDA maximum recommended guidelines.

Back to the topic – favorite non-mainstream writer.

He’s moving into the mainstream now, but his first book was self-published before being picked up by Baen Publishing.  His second book is a best seller and he has a second series starting up soon.

Of course, I talking about Larry Correia, writer of Monster Hunter International.

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