I was recently asked if there is an age beyond which a literary agent will shy away from when it comes to signing a new client?
First, I want to make it clear. Never, ever, mention your age in a query. You only include the essentials. Your age is not essential.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a teen writing YA. Yes, your voice might be authentic compared to a ninety-nine-year-old writing a YA novel, but the agent doesn’t care. Nor is it important that you’re approaching the upper end of your life span.
The agent only cares about three things: your story appeals to her, she loves your voice, and your writing skills are honed.
That’s all. And these three things will be reflected in your query. Right?
The only circumstance in which you would tell the agent your age is when you’re a minor (under the age of eighteen). Then a parent or legal guardian will have to co-sign your agency agreement. But you only mention it to an agent when you get The Call. Not before.
And really, what does it matter how old you are? Sure, if you’re eighty, your writing career might not be as long as someone in his twenties. But the same twenty-year-old might die in a car accident and that’s the end of his writing career. You can’t predict these things, and neither can an agent.
So don’t worry about your age. Just focus on producing the best possible query and manuscript.
Stina Lindenblatt writes romantic suspense and young adults novels. In her spare time, she’s a photographer and blogging addict, and can be found hanging out on her blog, Seeing Creative.