“Mommy, how old were you when your mom died?” my son asked.
“Twenty-one,” I said.
“Well,” he said. “At least you were old enough to walk to school by yourself.”
But am I old enough to write a good book? I read an article recently that talked about age discrimination in publishing. Does it help to be young and pretty? I wonder about this when the New York Times Book Review publishes author photos. Why a photo here and a sketch there? One doubts the the NYTBR decides these things on a whim.
Maybe I haven’t worked hard enough yet to be published. Maybe I don’t know enough yet. But maybe if I don’t figure these things out quickly enough, it won’t matter.
How do you think age affects your writing, your attitude towards publishing, and publishing’s attitude towards you?