lucy24 - 5:03 am on Mar 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
Y'know, I was trying really hard not to say that :)
I wonder which one would look down his nose more at the other one, the hit man or the serial killer?
What a delightful analogy. Except that the Boring Old Poop in me says that supposedly there is no such thing as a hit man; if you're in that type of work you are expected to clean up your own messes. Or deal with competitors as you see fit.
Many "amateur" writers use non-traditional publishing methods (blogs, e-books, self-publishing) that could make "real" writers (not to mention their publishers) cringe.
I think the distinction is on its way to disappearing. Thanks to computerized typesetting, professional writers can have much more control over the final output than they did even a few decades ago. Conversely, some of those Print On Demand productions can end up in your public library. And nobody is prepared to shell out for decent proofreading, let alone real copy editing.
:: detour to dictionary ::
D'oh. I should have been able to figure that out without looking it up.