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An author was a professional writer whose writings were published by a publisher. These writings were distributed and sold at niche and/or mass markets. An author generally had rights over their writings, but until a decision made by a Federation arbiter in 2378, holograms weren't granted these rights. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars"; VOY: "Author, Author")
Tracy Tormé was the author of the Dixon Hill series whose work was also be adapted into various films and holonovels. (ENT: "Cogenitor"; TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "Manhunt", "The Emissary", "Clues"; Star Trek: First Contact; VOY: "Author, Author")
Some people had favorite authors. Both James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard favored William Shakespeare (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, TNG: "Hide and Q") while, in an alternate timeline Melanie describe Jake Sisko as her "favorite author of all time". A humble Jake didn't think much of her assessment, saying, "You should read more." (DS9: "The Visitor")
In 2378, The Doctor agreed to let Tom Paris read his holonovel Photons Be Free, saying as Paris was a fellow author, his input might be valuable. Later, Paris accused him of not caring whether he slandered fellow crew members as long as he was known as a brilliant author. (VOY: "Author, Author")