I’ve had a worry for a long time throughout my writing. My age. Wherever I research I always come across people saying… YOU WONT PUBLISH UNTIL YOU’RE AT LEAST THIRTY. Other than self publishing which isn’t a route I really want to go down it seems that my novel will sit gathering dust as I mature and wrinkle.
I have a problem with this, for one I believe that my novel is definitely good enough to be published alongside people’s who are thirty, or forty, or fifty… Secondly I know that I am mature, level headed and I have been through things that some people wont go through in a lifetime and I am only nineteen.
So when people say that nineteen is too young I tell them that no, it is not. Perhaps some nineteen year old’s are too young to write, the type that work in boring jobs and don’t have creative thoughts, the type that want to get a good but uninteresting job, earns loads of money and take early retirement. So what about the rest of us, the teenagers that are only teenagers because our age ends in ‘teen’…there is no other reason.
I would love to prove the people wrong who make themselves feel better about being published on the wrong side of forty and claim that we are too young and too immature to be authors. Can I do it? We will see, maybe I will turn into one of those authors, I will sit on my novel for ten years before I even get a sniff of interest and then I will turn into one of those people, I will tell people my age that they will never publish at Nineteen.
I also think that because of my age I will send off my sample chapters along with my cover letter and author bio and they will take one look at my date of birth and cast it aside. I fear that they wont even read the chapters as they see that all I talk about is a little job in Waterstones and English at GCSE and A Level.
So I ask my friendly bloggers to tell me what YOU think…Is age against me? Do you feel that you need to get to THAT age before the publishing industry will take you seriously?