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Hi

When somebody says: I have been a published writer since 1978, does it mean that he/she was a writer whose books were published and available in bookstores?
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What it should mean is that a publishing company thought enough of the author's book(s) to have them printed and distributed, but it doesn't guarantee they were actually stocked in many bookstores.

With self-published and tiny-volume print-on-demand books, there is an opportunity for "published writer" to be used misleadingly, though I'm not for a moment suggesting this applies to the person you are quoting.
Mr WordyWhat it should mean is that a publishing company thought enough of the author's book(s) to have them printed and distributed, but it doesn't guarantee they were actually stocked in many bookstores.

Hi

They didn't have to appear in many bookstores. But I think when somebody's saying that he's a published writer it means he/she writes books available for the readers, in other words they're published by someone.

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NewguestBut I think when somebody's saying that he's a published writer it means he/she writes books available for the readers, in other words they're published by someone.
That's right.
Thanks Mr Wordy!
They can also be published in magazines as the author of articles there. It doesn't necessarily mean novels or non-fiction stand-alone books.
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Grammar GeekThey can also be published in magazines as the author of articles there.
Oh yeah, that's a good point...