An author, on the Steem blockchain, is a user account that post content on the network. Once it is submitted, it is available for developers to use for their applications, for curators to upvote or downvote and other users to comment on.
How much an author receives in reward depends on the state of the reward pool and who upvoted the content they published. When an author publishes an article, he/she can choose to:
After 7 days, a payout is released to the author as well curators who voted on the content. The payout split is as follow: