Busting Publishing’s Biggest Myths

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Rejection is never easy. But some authors can’t separate themselves from their work, and take rejection letters very personally. I get many emails from disgruntled writers who can’t get past their anger to figure out why their work was turned down in the first place. So before you spend hours sticking pins in your editor voodoo doll, see if you recognize yourself below:

The complaint: “Editors practice age discrimination. I’m over 50 and editors believe only young authors can write for children.”

The truth: Editors are interested in finding good books, period. It doesn’t matter how old the author is. Take a look at the lists of award winners (ask your librarian, or do an Internet search for Caldecott or Newbery Awards) and note the ages of the authors. Many didn’t start writing until their kids were in school full time, or took up writing as a second career. Editors also know that the best stories come from years of life experience, and older writers have more to draw from. Yes, occasionally a book written by a teenager will make the news, but more often than not it’s the novelty of the author’s age that gets...

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