This is the latest bit of their newsletter that really grates:
"Those of you who know me, will know that for years I have dabbled at home - drawings, painting and a bit of writing.
"Christmas time this year, I realised that to move ahead with these creative projects, I needed to spend more than just 2/3 hours a week.
"My New Year's Resolution was to spend at least 10 hours a week pursuing these pastimes.
"But what does that make me?
"Here's my theory:
- 2 hours or less per week - hobbyist
- 10 hours per week - talented amateur
- 20 hours per week - semi pro
- 40 or more hours per week - professional"
This view - you're a professional if you spend X amount of hours doing something - gets in my nerves, no matter who says it.
I've met plenty of writers who spend a great deal of time justifying why they are a professional writer: they write a certain amount of words a day; they writer for a certain length of time a day; they're respectful to other people; they meet deadlines; they take pride in their work; they’re always open to criticism for every quarter; they read every book, magazine and blog on writing they can find; or their spelling and grammar are impeccable.
While behaving in those ways are laudable, and will help you become a professional writer, they won’t turn you into a professional by themselves.
This is how to tell - with absolute certainty - if you are a professional writer.
Answer yes or no to the following question: Do you get paid for your work?
If you answer “yes”, you’re a professional.
If you answer “no”, you’re an amateur.
Professionals get paid for their work. Amateurs don't.
As the catchphrase goes: Simples.