A Snarkling is tired of being asked "what is a snarkologist" and asks:
Question: If I have an agent, when people ask me what I do am I allowed to say writer rather than whatever my day job happens to be?
You are allowed to say whatever your little snarkling heart desires. However, you have to live with the results and "writer" produces "what have you written" and "my agent says the Great American Novel" is only funny once or twice, and never with the inlaws.
Miss Snark used to introduce herself as Her Majesty Queen of the Known Universe but HRH Lizzie 2 got wind of that and called in the lawyers. Turns out she was laying claim to a substantial chunk of the known universe. I tried to clarify I only meant the geographical area covered in the blog The Known Universe, but lawyers ...and monarchs...have no sense of geography...or humor.
I stopped introducing myself as a literary agent at most public outings. I simply say my name and that I'm in publishing. Many agents I know do this too. One too many really rude interruptions to conversations to ask if I'll look at their work..... honest to god. I wanted to start carrying Mace for just such moments, but NYPD said no.