When you write and publish a book that is made available to the book-buying public, by all measures, you are “officially” a published author. However, after completing this rigorous process, I now believe there are a few subtle but distinct differences between being an author and being a writer.

I am an inferior writer by most professional and technical standards—a fact I respectfully accept with no future aspiration. Grammatically and laconically challenged, but somehow making a brief appearance on the stage of publication. In awe of a singular achievement, expected and replicated without hesitation by those uniquely talented individuals called “Writers.”

I believe I fit more comfortably into a small but emerging category. Ordinary souls compelled to share personal life experiences, challenges, and lessons. Not as dedicated practitioners of a sacred time-honored, consuming, and honed craft, but as reflective scribes, humbled couriers of hope and inspiration.

About the Author Michael K. Francis

Michael is a C-Suite Business and Human Resources Executive with more than 30 years of professional experience in the public sector with four Fortune 500 companies, and as a Management Consultant. In 2020, he founded BEAM Executive Advisors, LLC to provide consultative services to clients based on collaborative relationships, trust, and integrity.

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