You know how everybody keeps telling you to keep sending out those queries in spite of all the rejection? How it pays to persevere? And the only way to fail is to give up trying?Read the whole thing. Allen makes a few caveats while chronicling her mother's achievement, namely noting that the publisher is small and ticking off all the concomitant wrinkles that entails. But I find it heartwarming that a project over thirty years old that was probably considered dead long ago has finally seen the light of day. If that doesn't whip you out of your existential writer's funk faster than a venti-sized Sumatra, I don't know what will. There's hope for you and me and all of us laboring to make our mark on this post-literate culture.
Now I have proof they're right. You're never too old for success.
My nearly 89-year-old mother, Shirley S. Allen, had her first mystery novel, Academic Body, published this week by Mainly Murder Press. ...
My mom started writing Academic Body over thirty years ago, when she was teaching English at the University of Connecticut. When she retired from full-time teaching, she polished the book with the help of a critique group, then started attending writers' conferences, querying agents and entering contests. She placed in several contests, including Minotaur's Malice Domestic but finally got discouraged after endless agent rejections.
But last year my sister and I urged her to give her book another chance.
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