You can publish at any age…

Not all authors are ready to write when they are young. Some have job or family commitments that prevent them from finding the time to set down their thoughts.

So it is never too late to start writing or get published. Here are some late bloomers:

1. Harriet Doerr was an author whose debut novel, Stones for Ibarra, was published when she was 74.  Stones for Ibarra went on to win the National Book Award. It is a modern classic. It is also a personal favourite of mine.

2. Raymond Chandler, another of my personal favourite authors, started publishing short stories in pulp magazines in his forties, but it wasn’t until he was 51 when his first book, The Big Sleep, came out. The Big Sleep was also initially not a success.

3. Elizabeth Jolly an English author who settled in Australia started writing early on but her first collection, Five Acre Virgin and Other Stories, was not published till she was 53. She went on to publish 20 other books and win many awards.

4. Richard Adams published the classic Watership Down when he was 52. He went on to publish over 20 other books as well.

5. Karl Marlantes, the author of Matterhorn, a powerful novel about Vietnam, worked on his manuscript for 33 years before it was finally published when he was in his sixties.

6. Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of The Little House on the Prairie series did not start publishing her series till she was in her sixties.

7. Frank McCourt, the famous and bestselling author of Angela’s Ashes published his first book at age 66.

8. Charles Bukowski worked at the post office and published the occasional poem and the occasional short story when he was younger, but it wasn’t till he was 51, when his first novel, Post Office, was published.

9. Bram Stroker who is now best known for writing Dracula,  published his first novel when he was 50. He published Dracula 7 years later.




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