Der Verfasser versus der Autor

Can anyone help me as to the difference between these words? They both translate as the author.

6 years ago

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It's a matter of genre and what they produce. Der Autor/Die Autorin is writing novels, while der Verfasser writes other, usually formal things. If you're not sure, and you're translating a text about a novel, use Autor or Schriftsteller.

6 years ago

Ah thank you.

6 years ago

So ein Verfasser refers to somebody who writes a legal document or a textbook while ein Autor writes stories? What about nonfiction novels?

11 months ago
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