It’s very weird and pointless, I know, but I have an aversion to the phrase multi-published.

I understand what it means. It means you sold more than one story, or one book, and had it published. It’s usually used to describe writers who are making a living from their work, but not always.

But why does it matter? If it does matter, why don’t we say double-published and triple-published and on and on?

And does it count if you sell, say, one novel and one nonfiction essay? How about two short stories? Two pieces of flash fiction?

I just don’t think it tells you anything, really. And it sounds like you’re trying too hard to be accepted. “I’m not just any writer. I’ve been published multiple times.”

Isn’t published enough? Or professional writer? Or even just writer?

Am I missing some subtlety here?