When someone says:
This author is a writer's writer.
I understand that as meaning the author is accomplished and generally excellent. It's a bit fuzzy in my mind how it can mean this, but I can roll with it.
What I'd like to know is: can this be said without pretense by a nobody, by someone who is not a writer? Is that "reserved" to people in the profession to call each other?
I also assume the same goes for any substitution of the word "writer", say with "philanthropist", "programmer", or "comic book artist."