An author is the person who creates a formal literary work, which is then published. The term “author” is often used interchangeably with the term writer, but there are subtle differences between the two. An author has written a book or piece of writing that was published while a writer may have never created a formal work that was then published.
An author of a work can be either fiction or nonfiction, but an author who is known to be good at a particular genre is considered to be a master in that genre. Fiction authors can write short stories, novels and even radio dramas. Nonfiction authors can write books, articles, blogs and even textbooks.
Having a knack for observation is useful for an author because many stories are based on real people and events. Observing the way people talk, interact and walk around will give an author the information they need to bring a story to life on the page.
If a work contains references to actual places, events or persons, the author must make it clear in the author note that the resemblance is purely coincidental. This is especially important for works of fiction, which often contain details that may be offensive to some readers or that could be misinterpreted.
Some writers have the ability to write a story that makes people laugh or cry. If an author is funny innately or learns to be humorous, they will be more likeable and winsome as an author. Similarly, an author who is skilled at writing dramatic scenes or dialogue will be better at creating a compelling narrative.
Authors who want to add an author’s note to their article should keep the following guidelines in mind:
Adding or changing co-authors after the journal has accepted the article will be considered, but requests must be accompanied by a signed copy of our Authorship Change Request form and a rationale explaining why the change is appropriate. If a new author is added or an existing author’s name is changed, the present address should appear in the end notes and be identified by an asterisk symbol with the caption “These authors contributed equally to this work” (see Author contributions statement).
Authors are responsible for writing their articles, editing them and checking that their work is accurate and free from plagiarism. They should also be willing to submit their manuscripts for peer review and be open to constructive criticism from fellow scholars in their field. This process is the foundation for developing a professional career in academic publishing. Authors can then build on their experience and develop their skills by writing more books or articles. Some authors can even become famous for their literary works and gain a large following. However, becoming an author requires a lot of hard work and commitment to the craft. It is not an easy thing to do and only those with the right attitude and dedication will succeed.