A Professional Writer

If you do something for fun and don’t get paid for it, you’re called an amateur. If you do the same thing and do get paid for it, you’re called a professional.

That would make me a professional writer, as I have been paid for things I wrote many times. I also foolishly gave away things I wrote for free when I sent letters to Dennis Rogers at the News and Observer that he used in his column. I do not regret those letters he printed as it got me writing exposure, and he turned out to be a very helpful friend.

However, I do wonder sometimes at how people who know you are a professional while they retain amateur status will go up against you anyway. Are they crazy, or just underestimating my abilities? Could be a little of both.

 

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