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Writers who were published after the age of 40

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I love "The King's Speech"!

Some great stories here.

And beautifully said, Lill!
#181 - May 19, 2015, 05:14 AM
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CITY SHAPES, DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS, ONE SNOWY DAY, PIZZA PIG, and more...
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I was glad to see the Karen Cushman award (did I spell that right?) offered by SCBWI. Unfortunately, I've already published and don't qualify.

I found out about the Karen Cushman "Late Bloomer" award ONE WEEK after the '15 entry had expired.  :gaah  :faint
It's a long, long year in between.
#182 - May 19, 2015, 09:19 AM
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I love these stories too! Blooming at any time is the right time.

I got my first agent a week after my 40th birthday, so I thought I just barely missed my goal to be published by 40! But wouldn't you know, it took a few more years and now here I am, after a few more. I hope I'm still in the process of blooming!
#183 - May 19, 2015, 12:12 PM
Kell Andrews
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THIS OR THAT, Tilbury House, 2021
THE BOOK DRAGON, Sterling, 2018
MIRA FORECASTS THE FUTURE, Sterling, 2016

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Author Robin Black, who published her first novel at 48, wrote this article about ageism and publishing:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/04/25/opinion/whats-so-great-about-young-writers.html?referrer&_r=2
#184 - May 24, 2015, 11:06 AM
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Love the NYTimes article. So true. THANKS!

Of all careers, the arts is the least traditional, so why should it be expected for a writer to rush from teen years into publication (or even along the path of a MFA)? Why place ourselves and our lives in those identical boxes?

Many writers have taken a variety of other successful paths before beginning along their writing careers, with all paths deeply enriching their writing experiences.

Thanks for all the other 40-50+ yr-old folks here!  :yay

#185 - May 24, 2015, 01:26 PM

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Love this thread! So great being in the "over 40 writer's club"! Reading through these posts sure keeps me hopeful that I may one day be part of the "over 40 published a book writer's club"!   
#186 - May 24, 2015, 06:10 PM

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What an inspiring topic! Especially for all the amazing writers: you're ageless to me! :)
#187 - August 27, 2015, 02:41 PM

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I will be a few weeks shy of 61 when my first book, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, is released. It's never too late.
#188 - September 09, 2015, 10:50 AM
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I will be a few weeks shy of 61 when my first book, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, is released. It's never too late.

Laurie,

Your book sounds amazing! I will put it immediately on my to-read list once it comes out next month!

Congratulations! A starred review and a comment from Steve Silberman ( and so many others too)!

Marianne
#189 - September 09, 2015, 10:56 AM

Congrats, Laurie.

That's so awesome.

Ree
#190 - September 09, 2015, 03:11 PM

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Congrats! And I'm a huge Ada Lovelace fan so I'm looking forward to reading the book!
#191 - September 09, 2015, 03:42 PM

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Does anyone remember the great story short-story writer, Alice Munro? I read her book Runaway recently. 
I was surprised and thrilled to discover that she won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 82
That was the year she decided to retire from writing!  I'm in my early 50's. I think I have a few years left of writing! 
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#192 - September 09, 2015, 09:05 PM
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Honestly can't remember if I added my two cents to this post a few years back or not, but my debut MG came out in 2012 when I was 45. The second came out two years later. I think I might have a few more in me.  :lol5
#193 - September 09, 2015, 09:44 PM
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I am 62 and have not been published as of yet. BUT I will, may not be tomorrow but it will happen. How old will I be, I don't know when but my daughter said it may be when I grow up and start acting like an adult.

It does not matter when you get publish and who cares as long as you are happy.

NC Girl, I feel 12 at heart and my daughter told me I needed to grow up. Don't know why, I was only playing in the rain today.
#194 - October 03, 2015, 05:01 PM

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I will be almost 45 when my book comes out next spring. Between managing a "real job," a family, and trashing quite a few bad novels, it took me a while to get to a place where I could, 1) Have the time to write, and 2) Write well enough to get published. Since the women in my family tend to live into their 90's, I figure I've got a lot of time ahead of me!
#195 - October 07, 2015, 02:47 PM
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I was 58 when my debut pb released this year. On career #4 or 5, who's counting. It's a fustratingly fun one though. Kidlit folks are the best. :pumpkinhead
#196 - October 18, 2015, 09:50 PM
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