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    Age and Publishing

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Lightman, Aug 11, 2011.

    So I'm eighteen; I'm a high school student. Say I want to publish something and submit it to a literary magazine (a real literary magazine, not Teenink or whatnot) - will my age/educational status automatically sink me?

    I don't want advice on whether or not it's wise to submit work at eighteen, merely on whether or not getting published is plausible, assuming that the work is of sufficient quality.
     
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    If you submit something of quality that meets their current needs, being 18 and in high school will have little or no impact on their decision.
     
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    Age (and the fact that you're a high school student) doesn't matter, and getting published at your age (or younger) is definitely possible.
     
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    An eighteen year old can sign, and be held to, a contract, right? If so, then I don't see an issue as long as the work is good. You can sign your own contract, and the magazine won't, as far as I know, worry about whether you'll produce future work, in the way that an agent or book publisher might.
     
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    There is no need to reveal your age before contract negotiations, anyway. So don't.
     
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    I was under the impression that one is expected to provide a short biography in a cover letter.
     
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    The cover letter need not contain a biography. That can be provided later, after the manuscript is accepted. Stick to the important elements - the request for consideration for publication, and a synopsis of the story.
     
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    Thank you - websites I'd been looking at had been steering me in the opposite direction.
     
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    if what you have to offer is highly marketable, no one will care how old/young you are... nor will they care if you don't include a bio section in your query letter, if it's well written and hooks them on the book...
     

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