Originally Posted by Steven Lake
The same goes if you're a publishing house and you're not one of the big ten, or "heaven forbid" you're one of those "pay to publish", "print on demand" or "vanity" houses. The "big or bust" people consider you the scum of the earth and you're usually called every nasty word in the book, and probably a few that aren't.
Now here's the kicker. The vast majority of these perpetrators are, believe it or not, people who have never ever in their entire life been published. Yes, I kid you not, again. This all sounds completely insane. Yet there are a LOT of people out there like this. There are also major writing forums that follow this mentality as well.
Would their opinions be more valid ithey WERE published writers? You seem to be down-rating them for the same reason they're down-rating you!
If you badly want the status "Published Author", I suppose you could make and wear a hat.