Wannabe Authors

I was just watching an interview with the head of creative development at Harper Collins publishers (see link on my Twitter feed from @HarperCollins) who referred to unpublished authors, as “wannabes.” While this term is technically accurate, it feels insulting The Urban Dictionary defines a “wannabe” as,

Poser, follower, a charlatan of sorts. One who copies or immitates [SIC] all or most of the aspects dealing with their idol. They may wish to have certain clothing, skills, vocabulary, etc., of their idols instead of their own. Most likely a wannabe is lacking in self confidence and is looking for guidance.

Not very flattering! I think the Urban Dictionary’s second definition is a little closer the mark in this situation,

Someone who wants to be what they are not.
I want to be a successful, published author – which I am not. But would I call myself a “wannabe?” You other unpublished authors out there, or even you published authors who haven’t risen to international fame (yet). Do you consider yourself a “wannabe?”

I think a better term is “gonnabe.”


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