40 Over 40

40 Over 40 – Beyond the Margins article does just that. It’s a running list of ahem, mature first time novelists. This works for me! In fact to read of several debuting authors over the age of 70 makes me feel downright perky! Read 40 BY 40

Wins National Book Award for First Novel at 73

Wins National Book Award for First Novel at 73


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Late “Boomers” Make 50 the New 30


Quoting Huffington Post, The Canadian based “Zoomers” publication say there is a new wave of entrepreneurial activity in the 45+ group.

Retireds are no longer as welcome in the work force as they were before the economy tanked. With experience to burn, they are once again creating their own jobs, but take a risk with their hard earned nest egg. According to Zoomer staff writers, statistics show three primary reasons for the shift in demographics.

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National Novel Writing Month


Okay, late bloomers. It’s now or never! If you are ever seriously going to write that novel burning inside you, take the plunge and sign up for NANOWRIMO. You have one month – November – to produce 50,000 words. There are no prizes, no awards – only the satisfaction of seeing your book through to completion. Go.

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The Circuitous Road of Dick King-Smith

After a series of dead end jobs, Dick King-Smith, author of Babe, started writing at age 56 and continued writing up to 10 books a year until his death in January of this year

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Pitch the Publisher – Word on the Street

Word on the Street is a free writers/publishers festival hosted in five Canadian cities this Sunday, September 25.

The Halifax location offers closet writers an opportunity to ‘pitch the publisher’. Here’s their blurb:

“Are you a closet writer who has a secret desire to be published? Do you have a laboured-over manuscript in your lower desk drawer? Or have you thought up a great book idea that has yet to be written?

The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association invites you to bring your book idea or simply your curiosity to Pitch the Publisher at this year’s Word On The Street Festival on the Halifax Waterfront.

On Sunday, September 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Pitch the Publisher will offer potential authors a unique opportunity to present their book ideas to a panel of Atlantic-based publishers. Panelists will give suggestions and feedback on how to develop book ideas or manuscripts for publication.”

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When Do Dreams Die ? A Story of Leo the Late Bloomer

Are you a lifelong learner? A late blooming artist? Don’t let your dreams die. Go for it, no matter what age you might be.  A story about a story and words of encouragement from Cat’s Eye Writer.

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Late-Blooming Writers: A Quiz | 317am.net

Late-Blooming Writers: A Quiz | 317am.net

3:17am blogger Ras ponders the question of why today’s young writers, particularly the New Yorker’s select list of 20,  has failed to produce the breakthrough novels of earlier generations.  Listen up, if you’re over 40 and just starting your writing career — you may a bit of boomer phenomena!



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