When I first started writing professionally I came across "wordsmith". It wasn't familiar so I looked it up in the dictionary.
Wordsmith: a fluent and prolific writer with a talent for words; a professional whose vocation is writing; a journalist.
It gave me a goal. More than anything else, I wanted to be a wordsmith!
Yesterday, an editor who knew nothing of me beyond my manuscripts described me as a 'Wordsmith" and, influenza virus or no, I felt good. It was, to me, the ultimate professional accolade.
As an aside, it seems Shadowrose Publications may release my early books taken off the shelf by the demise of Rocky River Romances, starting with A Fair Trader, the Americanized version of A Fair Trade. I've done the artwork questionnaire and am waiting for the edits.