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Poll: Have you authored and published any books?
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This poll was originally submitted by Rosa Grau. View the poll results »



 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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No Apr 4, 2012

But when did writing become authoring?

 

Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
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I write books Apr 4, 2012

I don't author them. But then I write them in British English, I suppose.

And all of that is actually hypotheticalicon_wink.gif


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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Just because you can, doesn't mean you should! Apr 4, 2012

Just because you can (theoretically) make any noun into a verb in English, it really doesn't mean you should....

"to author" is almost as bad as "to gift" .....icon_frown.gif

And no, I've never written or published a book.

Usage Note: The verb author, which had been out of use for a long period, has been rejuvenated in recent years with the sense "to assume responsibility for the content of a published text." As such it is not quite synonymous with the verb write
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/author

and no, I've never "assumed responsibility for the content of a published text" either....wow! that's one contrived verb! :-/

[Edited at 2012-04-04 08:44 GMT]


 

Bérangère
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Yes Apr 4, 2012

This one: http://www.decitre.fr/livres/Harrap-s-Grammaire-espagnole.aspx/9780245509353 for Harrap.

 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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written Apr 4, 2012

Yes, a book of poetry, as to the verb, author... well... writing is ok

 

Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
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Medalling with language Apr 4, 2012

Ty Kendall wrote:

Just because you can (theoretically) make any noun into a verb in English, it really doesn't mean you should....



In a similar vein, I almost stopped watching the Beijing Olympics because of the repeated use of "to medal" by British athletes and cyclists. I'm no purist when it comes to language but that really got under my skin.


 

Rosa Grau
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I am sorry Apr 4, 2012

I am the author of the poll and I am not an English native speaker, but please look at this reference from the Oxford Dictionaries.

http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/author?q=author

It seems that author is a fairly normal English verb.

In any case, I was trying to make it clear that I meant writing as the author. Most of us have materially written books as translators, I suppose.

And I have not published any books (yet), neither in English nor in my own language.


 

Rosa Grau
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Google results Apr 4, 2012

for "authored": 37.300.000

Perhaps they have all been written by non-native speakers.


 

juliette_K  Identity Verified
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Congratulations, Bérangère : ) Apr 4, 2012

As for me, I've published this.

http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=52726


 

Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
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Not at all Apr 4, 2012

Rosa Grau wrote:

for "authored": 37.300.000

Perhaps they have all been written by non-native speakers.


"Authored" is widely used by native speakers. It's just one of those usages that winds up linguists because it sounds a bit affected (artificial, pretentious, and designed to impress) because there is another word, in plain English, that more clearly describes what an author does.


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
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authored, well, actually written :) Apr 4, 2012

I wrote a novel in German which was published by a publisher (vs. self-publishing). Also I wrote poetry books in English and self-published them (2 paperbacks and 4 e-books).

Just recently I wrote 2 German poetry books for hire. Presently I'm editing my novel (part 1 of 2) to present to an agent this summer.icon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2012-04-04 11:15 GMT]


 

Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
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Sorry Rosa Apr 4, 2012

I don't think any of us wanted to attack you for using the verb - we are just complaining, as we oldies do, (sorry to tar the rest of you with my brush) about the inevitable advance/evolution of language!

You've clarified that you are really asking about being the original writer of a book, but the definition that Ty quotes from the freedictionary is actually a little bit scary - the responsibility part....

Cheers everyone

Noni

Edited to qualify "advance"!

[Edited at 2012-04-04 11:41 GMT]


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Yes, sort of Apr 4, 2012

If "writing from scratch" or technical writing can be included in the definitons of "authoring" and publishing.

I wrote a series of user's manuals for game/exercise software -- tennis, bowling, fishing, aerobics, etc. -- for a software company. This involved planning/writing the book outline, actually using the software and hardware, writing about setup and teaching the reader about how to use and proceed through the software. It was quite fun and I also got lots of exercise. icon_smile.gif
Unfortunately, they lost out to Nintendo's Wii, which was a huge shame. icon_frown.gif

Happy "authoring"!


 

Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
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yes, co-authored Apr 4, 2012

I used to write about technology, and in 2000 i co-authored a book about B2B electronic commerce. Two actually, we first did a Canadian version, then americanized version.

 
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