I'm a writer, trying to become an author, and the sad truth is there is a difference. I had a chance to go with a traditional brick and mortar publishing house but I disliked the editorial practices that bordered on censorship, the cover prices that stopped short of pulling a gun on the reader, and the waste of huge galley runs and proof runs and cover runs and whatever other runs they could think of.
So, now, because I am a control freak, I'm going the indie route. Elitists sneer, but I think I'm offering a quality story, with believable characters in a responsible and affordable format. And what's more...I'm going to do it again. Soon.