Being an author, you have the luxury of sitting down in your pajamas all day and working. You can have superstar status like James Patterson, Stephen King, and Nora Roberts but revel in the fact that the paparazzi aren’t swarming around your home, blogging and tweeting about the fashion don’t you’re wearing or detailing to the public every embarrassing thing you’ve ever done. We’re in the public eye, but we can be as private as we want to be.
Despite how eccentric you might dress does one’s age play any factor? Most authors are usually settled down with a family before they’ve been given a contract. They’ve had plenty of time to percolate and work on their craft. But most of all older authors have experience.
The young author doesn’t have much experience, nor have they had as much time to work on their craft. But should publishers, agents, and readers dismiss the young author because of that? Unless you write like S.E. Hinton, it seems that young authors don’t stand a chance even if they write on the same level as some poorer written books of their seniors.
In the age of social media, appearance has become everything. Though one might see pictures of quirky authors, they’ll still gravitate and read that author’s work. But what if you look young? I myself have been told that I look anywhere between the ages of 12-16, depending on what I’m wearing and the lighting of the picture. Have people automatically dismissed my writing because I look so young? Because they assume I know nothing about the publishing industry? I can’t say for sure. But I do know that despite how young I am, I’ve been studying the publishing industry and working on my craft for a few years and I plan on continuing to do so for many years to come. You always learn something new.