I keep seeing the word 'pre-published' around the net.
I like the confidence, the audacity in the word. I like the idea of people so sure it will happen that they are pre-, not un-.
But I don't use it. If I'm wrong, and I never get published, I don't want people to say, after I'm dead, 'Poor bitch was so sure and yet she never got there . . . '
I don't mind being unpublished. Even Shakespeare was born unpublished.
I write because I love it. I want to be published. I work towards being published. I'm not there yet and I'm OK with it. I'm on my path and it will happen when I write the right book.
If you're sure that you're pre-published, go ahead and call yourself that :) but there's not a damned thing wrong with calling yourself unpublished either!