Helping Senior Citizens Self-Publish

by | May 14, 2018

Although the indie publishing world sometimes seems to be populated by young entrepreneurial authors, in fact a lot of writers publishing books today are at the other end of the spectrum—senior citizens.

It may be hard to pin down what exactly we mean by “older authors,” but I generally take it to mean people 50 years of age and over who haven’t published their own books before.

And this is a particularly good age for anyone who has dreamt of writing a book to actually do so. And there’s never been a better time for these people to publish, either.

Why Seniors Should Self-Publish

One way to look at the span of human development is through the lens of three major stages of life.

  1. The first stage, from birth to young adulthood, when we are formed and educated
  2. The second stage, what you would consider our “working” life, when we make our way in the world and raise a family
  3. The third stage, after we are done with the basics of establishing ourselves and enter into the indeterminate phase before our time runs out

It’s this third stage of life I’m talking about.

Once you’ve lived 50 or more years, you have a different perspective on life. The crazy energy and passion of youth are great memories, and the long development of skills and expertise we’ve gathered in parenting and making a living are gradually coming to an end.

Many of the normal developments of life create a positive environment for those who want to set to work putting a book into the world.

What kind of positive environment?

  1. Time, as the weight of worldly responsibilities begins to lift
  2. Disposable income, because older people have had a lifetime to save
  3. Skills gained during your career that may come in useful in writing and publishing
  4. Community, gathered from friends and shared experiences throughout life
  5. Technology that has brought low-risk book publishing into the realm of possibility
  6. Wisdom that comes from a longer perspective on life, one that only time can bestow

In addition, there are very compelling reasons seniors take to writing and publishing their own books:

  • Giving back—After a lifetime of accumulating, older people often want to give something back to society, to the culture that has allowed them to thrive, or to a group our cause that has enriched their own lives. This can be a powerful motive for writing a book.
  • Family legacy—A lot of seniors want to memorialize their own knowledge of their family tree and leave personal accounts of relatives who will be seen as ancestors by succeeding generations.
  • Eyewitness to history—Seniors today may have lived through, been affected by, or even participated in World War II, the Korean war, the civil rights conflict, the Vietnam war, the rise of a counterculture, the advent of technology, and all the other tumultuous events of the past decades. Memoirs that revolve around these kinds of events are a great reason to publish.
  • The call of the storytelling gene—Surveys consistently show that over 80% of Americans would like to write a book someday, yet few actualize this dream. However, more and more people take the leap because it has become easier, faster, and less expensive than ever before.
  • Passive income for retirement—While most senior self-publisher publish for reasons that have nothing to do with profit, there are also many who would like to create additional revenue to help in retirement. This will move an author into the ranks of the entrepreneurs, but it’s a path that can work well for the right authors.
  • Working on the “bucket list”—Do you have “finally write that book” on your bucket list? If so, you know your time isn’t unlimited, and that book won’t write itself, will it?

Michele DeFilippo, owner of 1106 Design, and someone who helps many seniors self-publish, tells me that “Many seniors publish a book to share the wisdom they have accumulated over a lifetime. Sometimes the books are published for personal satisfaction and distribution to family and friends only and the authors don’t expect to recoup their production costs. Other times, the authors embark on a full marketing plan to share their wisdom with a wider audience.”

Perhaps you have your own reason; an idea you came up with that you’d like to spread more widely; a unique theory of historical development; innovations you created during your working life.

Michele goes on: “Topics range from family recollections, stories of growing up in a certain region, life advice for the younger generation, or a medical professional setting down a lifetime of discoveries that were ignored by peers during a long career. The topics are endless.”

All the same benefits will accrue no matter what subject you write on, but keep in mind that the audience for some of these books is going to be very, very small.

Ruth Schwartz, a publishing expert with lots of senior clients, says “Many seniors feel compelled to write their memoirs for their family members. However, I have seen many senior memoir authors get interested in getting the word out wider than family, once the book is finished. Then there are others who have been writing for a long time in a variety of genres and feel like it is now or never, that they had better get off the dime if their books are going to see the light of day.”

Obstacles that Seniors Confront

It’s important for senior authors—for every author, really—to understand their own motivations going into the publishing process, because it’s going to take time and dedication to get to the point where you have a copy of your book in your hand.

Most of these authors I’ve dealt with over the years aren’t driven so much by the chance to make money on their books, but for the reasons mentioned above.

Judith Briles, known as The Book Shepherd, deals with many seniors who want to publish, and loves doing it. She emphasizes this point as well, saying, “I become a creative partner with my clients as the book is shaped, always with ‘how’ the book will be visually presented and marketed… narrowing down the WHO the book is for; the WHY, and CORE of what brings them to create the book; then the HOW it will be pushed out, via which marketing avenues. For me, it’s important to get on the table what the author’s true objective is and what they are willing do on his or her side to deliver it.”

The three obstacles I see most often that bedevil seniors in book publishing can be summarized:

  1. Technology—Let’s face it, many seniors are uncomfortable with the technology we use to produce and market our books. Simply putting up a website for the book can be a daunting challenge unless the author can learn this herself, or finds someone to help.
  2. Finances—Many seniors are living on a fixed income, and that may not allow for expenses like a custom professional cover design. Luckily, there are more and more low- or no-cost offers that can blunt this problem. Seniors, like all authors, need to realize that the goals they’ve set for the book should determine how the book is published.
  3. Confidence—If you’ve never had a “public voice” or taken a stand or put yourself out into a public arena, it’s normal to be uncertain or wary of what the effects may be. Luckily, social media sites like Facebook are giving seniors a way to experience publish “sharing” gradually.

If seniors can get over the technology problem, they will find that new publishing processes are really assets in controlling the costs and risks of book publishing. As Ruth Schwartz says, “Print on demand has certainly helped seniors (and others) move forward, actually making getting a book published a reality. That’s not how it used to be in the experience of these seniors.”

And Judith Briles points out, seniors also need to confront the question of what kind of author they want to be: “Do they just want to write? which is fine, or do they want to get their book published so others can read it? If they just want to write, I encourage them to join local writer’s groups and have fun writing. If they want to publish, then start connecting with authors who are also writing to publish or who are already published. Learn some of the ins and outs and understand that they are vulnerable to the growing number of publishing predators. Their writing time should be matched by “learning” time.”

This last point can’t be over-emphasized. Just like scammers selling fake reverse mortgage or tax schemes, there are “bad operators” in the indie publishing world, and seniors need to be educated and informed to make good decisions.

Seniors Can Write and Publish, Too!

I’m not sure it’s very well known that some of our most famous and successful authors started very late in life. Examples include Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prarie) and Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) among many others.

Judith Briles says, “What’s exciting for me in working with many in the post-60 area is their enthusiasm for writing and eagerness to learn what publishing is all about. Those who come from a business background quickly ‘get’ that this is a business and their book will be a product. They are open to learning the multitude of ways to build fans and connect with them. Social media doesn’t spook them and they are open to getting help. Many have come from amazing backgrounds and have a story to tell.”

And for all those who help seniors get their books written and into print, Judith speaks to the satisfaction to be gained from this work: “For me, the ‘win’ is that I get to go through their history, marvel at their stories and experiences, and help shape them. For the authors, the pride is what they have accomplished and the mentoring that it delivers to new audiences. It tickles me as so many of the ‘silver hairs’ head to the classrooms and share their story telling gifts.”

If you’re a senior author, what has your experience been like? Let me know in the comments.

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47 Comments

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  2. W. M. Raebeck

    Hi Joel and all, This is a great discussion. My two cents, as I move toward launching my 5th MASTERPIECE, is that this whole thing is friggin’ crazy hard. If you’re not a senior when you start, you’ll become one fast. I’m a diehard DIY-er so, with the exception of editors, I do all of it alone. ALONE like deserted-island alone. In fact, I wouldn’t wish my style of self-dubbing on my worst enemy—or actually I might, what a great idea! I took the pains to learn the entire process because I had a lot of books. But, despite what could only be called torture, I have 4 books published (that never would’ve happened otherwise), they look great and have great reviews, there are more on the way, I’m committed to the marketing side (necessary evil) and fulfilling my destiny.
    What I wanted to say though, before the venting, is that I couldn’t have done even 1% of the work without your blog, Joel. From a year before my first book came out in Sept. 2012 to this moment, you’ve been my go-to resource. (I guess that’s obvious, where else would I go?) When I found you and started reading, I began to realize I could do it. And just yesterday, I told myself to stop reading so many blogs because alright already I get it! Yet here I am again because the community is important to me now—it’s critical to know others are doing what I am even though we’ve never met, it’s sweet music in the distance. It’s a writers’ club of its own, a cafe with great coffee that’s open early and closes late. And I just want to thank you, Joel, and wish everyone patience, healthy breaks, endless fresh ideas, unheard-of financial success, kinship with other writers, and that glow in the hearth of your soul that comes from continuing to write ANYWAY-no-matter-what because it’s what you must do.

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  3. Monica Rodriguez

    I’m with Susan J who (in May) took issue with your use of senior citizen for people in their 50s. Like her, I’m 51 and hardly a senior. If you’re referring to people in that “third stage” in life, you should use a different term, bc no 50 year old would think your article applied to them (I came here solely to make this comment). If you want to attract seniors, then I’d adjust that age range you refer to.
    (FYI, the reply function did not work within Susan’s comment on my phone.)

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Hi Monica,

      I wasn’t particularly trying to “attract seniors” but I’m interested in what term you would suggest instead?

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  4. Susan J.

    Great article but I’m in my fifties and don’t consider myself a ‘senior’ :D. Fifty is the new thirty after all :D. But I have been pondering how I could help seniors publish. There are lots of sharks out there and I hate to hear of anyone being taken advantage of.

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  5. Janet Gogerty

    Another plus point for senior writers? As my children only knew me as a stay at home mother ( not that I was very successful before that ! ) followed by various part time jobs from playgroups to airport lounges, that fitted in as they got older, it is good to prove you can achieve something else, or at least create something, even if fame and fortune will never happen. Whether they are impressed I don’t know…

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Janet, I agree. And it’s still worth doing if what you are writing has meaning to you.

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  6. James E. Horn

    Joel,

    This is a seniors group. I learned that “legacy” income continues to the successors of writers for up to 7-years.

    I sent a query to amazon, where my books are listed, and got a goofy reply from kindle that did not answer my question.

    Can you please shed some light on legacy income to my heirs after I pass? Others may be interested in learning more.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      James,

      I assume the author’s estate will become the rights holder upon the author’s death, and therefore the payee for any income derived from those rights.

      However, I am not an attorney and this needs to be addressed and/or provided for in the author’s will because the rights could be granted to a charitable organization or some other third party.

      Please check with your attorney or estate planner to make the provisions you want to be made. You’ll also find out whether the “7 year” idea is a myth (it doesn’t sound right, to be honest).

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  7. Brenda Felber

    Joel, I am a senior writer of a middle-grade fiction series. I laid out an ambitious plan to write each one in a different state. My goal is to cover all fifty states! I’m now 65 and wrapping up number seven, with plans for two more this year. Loving the learning, embracing the process, and enjoying the journey. Discovering people like you, Joanna Penn, Mark Dawson, Orna Ross and Brian Meeks has been such a help…and now Dave Chesson…what a world of people and knowledge ready to help. I started when the self-publishing model was taking off…and working with it as it evolves. Tucking ideas away for a more audience book in the future. Here’s to us all…cheers, Brenda

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Brenda, you have big plans! Great to hear about your progress, and with determination you will reach your goal.

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  8. Linda Austin

    I have a website that encourages life writing and has resource articles, and I commonly answer questions from older first-time writers working on their memoirs or family history books. Your three obstacles are spot on – often I tell them to ask their younger family members to help, due to cost of hiring professionals to do it all for them. Add the difficulties of marketing to strangers (difficult even for young people). I explain how publishing for sales is a tough business and try to steer them away from high-cost publishing services if I know they have little money and will not market their books. Family-only writing should not be looked down upon but can be their important legacy to the people who matter most in their lives.

    I wrote my mother’s memoir of living through WWII in Japan – she was nearly illiterate – and she and our family loved it. My last publishing project was with an 80+ year-old Korean War veteran with no family, money, or computer skills but incredible stories of front line experience – from stacks of notes written during the war. Both these books were a lot of work, but so rewarding for all of us. My mother and my new veteran friend loved doing book signings, and we made a nice profit together, with the books still selling online on their own. People who are not experienced writers or who are not famous or rich have wonderful stories worth saving, too, and I can only hope they have family to help as I can’t help them all myself! Thanks so much for your helpful blog, Joel – I often share your postings, and this one fits right in with my mission to spread the life writing joy.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Linda, thanks for your input, and the awesome help you provide in getting these books into the market. It’s clients like yours with stories to tell that can so enrich our culture, but whose books, without help, will never see the light of day. Thanks for doing what you do.

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  9. Linda Holbrook

    Has anyone dealt with United PC Publishing? I got a letter from them today offering me a contract for a “free” publication of my book, but I have a lot of questions. And I read a couple reviews online where the authors hadn’t had any support and had not received their royalty payments in over a year, so I have concerns.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Linda,

      I don’t know them, but any publisher that’s behind by a year in paying royalties should be avoided, in my opinion. Maybe you should think about self-publishing, where you pay yourself.

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    • Michele DeFilippo

      Hi Linda,

      It can be difficult to tell the difference between a self-publishing company and a legitimate publisher these days. One key differentiator: If the company charges you to produce the book, controls the printing, receives the revenue, and promises to pay you a royalty, watch out.

      Legitimate publishers buy the rights to publish your book and shoulder the expenses to do so. They recoup that investment by keeping a portion of your profits and paying you a royalty. This is fair.

      Self-publishing companies charge you to produce the book AND share your profits. They have no investment in your book, so what entitles them to any portion of your profits?

      True indie publishing means YOU are the publisher. You pay experts to prepare your book and you keep 100% of the profits. Many companies, including mine, are ready to help with services and coaching.

      Today, indie publishers can obtain POD printing and online and bookstore distribution on their own without any middleman and without losing control of their book.

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      • Jana

        Michele, doesn’t your list of things to watch for sort of describe CreateSpace?? The author pays to publish, and Amazon keeps a portion of the profits, I think. . . help me out here?

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        • Michele DeFilippo

          Hi Jana. CreateSpace is a bit different from other self-publishing companies because they are owned by Amazon. Though they use the word “royalty” to describe payments to the author, they don’t deduct more than the wholesale discount and printing cost to arrive at that figure. Other self-publishing companies deduct the wholesale discount, the printing cost, AND a fee for themselves in one way or another, either by claiming to “split” your royalty or by reporting a printing cost that is higher than it should be.

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          • James E. Horn

            I’ve used createspace and have enjoyed consistent, good results.

    • Judith Briles

      LINDA–Shred the letter and Stay away from United PC Publishing. There are multiple complaints posted about the company. I’ve written multiple articles on the tricks, lures and snares of the predators. Do the Google search I recommend in the one that I’ve listed below. AND… no author should ever sign a contract that says the contract can be terminated if “mutually agreed”(which United PC publishing has within theirs).

      Michelle, Joel and I routinely hear how authors have been duped by these scams and cons–Author Solutions and it’s offspring lead the list. The number of emails I’ve gotten from so many of the Balboa Press authors is staggering. The so called Hybrid publishing term is now loading up with a predator stream. Do your homework–search for complaints and problems. And when you run into them–share with others. We all need to watch our bank accounts. Publishing predators love you until your credit card is maxed out. Judith

      https://thebookshepherd.com/publishing-predators-are-in-the-swim-authors-are-the-bait-dont-get-lured-dont-get-hooked.html

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  10. Kate Tilton

    Like Joan, I’ve helped a lot of authors who went into self-publishing without knowledge of the industry and fell prey to predators. Sometimes the authors are lucky and we meet before they sign with one of these companies, other times they are not. It is one of the reasons I believe sites like yours are so important. They help to spread information to new authors so they can make informed decisions and hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls along the way.

    I personally love working with those who are older and want to learn. I don’t mind going step by step over the phone or Skype with an author to show them how to make a social media post. Those who have come before me and lived longer than me have such amazing stories they can share (non-fiction and fiction) and I’m always happy to be a part of that.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Well, you’ve been massively helpful to this senior, Kate, and I really appreciate your patience, especially when I need you to remind me again about something that has slipped my mind.

      One of the most common pieces of advice I give senior authors is to find a really good virtual assistant who can help them navigate the publishing journey, and I always have you in mind.

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      • Kate Tilton

        Aw, thank you, Joel! I love being able to help you with your publishing and business goals.

        I believe having a team behind you that cares and has your best interest at heart is that secret to a long and successful career. I’m always really honored when I get to be part of that for someone.

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  11. Joan Stewart

    Joel, after working with hundreds of authors as consulting clients and meeting hundreds more at author events where I speak, I’d like to add a fourth obstacle to your list: no knowledge of the publishing industry. This is particularly true among those over 60 who barely know how their computers operate.

    Goaded by friends and family who say “you ought to write a book,” the author dreams of making thousands of dollars, unaware that most authors lose money publishing. They dive in head first and start writing. Because they don’t know any better, many of these authors become victims of the publishing predators (you know the names) who “sell the dream” and soak them for thousands of dollars.

    By the time they get to me, they’re almost broke. But they’ve invested so much time and money on their book that they go to press anyway, often with a crappy cover, a poorly edited book and absolutely no knowledge of their target market.

    I have often heard Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd, say that one of her jobs is to keep bad books from being published. I like her advice to seniors who love to write but don’t have the money or the energy to publish a book the right way: join a writing club.

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    • Judith

      Hear Hear Joan … Right now, I’m working with a 94 year old who has been so pulled in a variety of directions; snared by publishing predators; and all I’m trying to do is get his book “in hand” for his family and followers. We had it–then the “shadows” came in telling him to do this and that–and the reality is that he is thinking very old-school in what a book should look like.

      And Joel–great article … I’m rebroadcasting with a lead-in from one via my own mailing lists!

      We do our best! Judith

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Joan, thanks for bringing up a great point. It may be that seniors are more apt to fall for predatory publishing schemes, particularly if they are new to online pitches. It’s something we all watch out for and warn against.

      I’ve written about thisrepeatedly—over the years, and although the “subsidy” (or vanity) publishers seem to be in retreat, there are so many scams and bad operators preying on authors who have dreamed of publishing for a long time, it can be difficult to reach all the folks who could be victimized.

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  12. James E. Horn

    I am seventy-five years young. I served my nation abroad for three years while in the Navy, then for over twenty-seven years as an American Diplomat. I lived and worked in nine countries, and traveled and worked on short term assignments in over two dozen more.

    I have self-published three non-fiction books and am working on three more. My topic is Islam.

    My greatest problem in getting them out there where people can find them. Ideas, please.

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  13. Ellis L. Knox

    Most of your article is about writing memoirs or other non-fiction, but many of us write fiction. For myself, I always wrote, all through my career as a historian and computer tech, but like others I only got serious about it in my 60s. I think it took me a lifetime to learn the discipline required. Also, I wrote alternate historical fantasy, so I have a lifetime of knowledge about the Middle Ages on which to draw.

    I have published two short stories, two novellas, and a novel, with another about to release. I have few readers–that marketing stuff is hard!–but the whole experience has been profoundly rewarding.

    I’m starting another novel, btw, and I’m using your new notebooks (my first drafts are always hand-written). Free plug. :)

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Ellis, very interesting. Fiction authors seem to start earlier in my experience, often at a very young age. I agree that the marketing part is quite a challenge for most authors, but then again it really depends on why you’re publishing in the first place. In any event, you’ve been very productive, so good luck with all that work. And thanks for using my new WriteWell journals, that’s awesome!

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  14. Jackie Brodsky

    I wrote a book @ 71 because “I had to.” My internet dating experiences were too humorous to keep to myself. Friends said “write a book”. Self-publishing was fairly easy and the $4,ooo investment was the vacation I didn’t take that year. Nonfiction wasn’t a hot ticket but it was my 18 month experience on 3 different dating sites. Unfortunately I was completely naïve about the marketing aspect; actually SHOCKED. I had/have no interest in “building a following, etc.” so there my book sits in print on demand (POD). I give it as gifts to gal friends; guys, including my grown sons, don’t appreciate my viewpoint. Equally important, I have listed it in my family Trust/Will… in the event it is discovered long after I depart. I have no regrets.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Jackie, your book sounds funny and interesting. As with many older authors, as long as you’re not unhappy with your sales, I can understand avoiding the marketing part of the business, which really requires an entirely different skill set from writing. Good luck!

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  15. Jana

    I am working with an 81 year old recently retired pulmonologist who is writing about a TB hospital that used to be in our area. He is delightful, open to learn, loves to research, and is shocked and horrified by how slow the writing process is. He still isn’t sure who is audience is, so I keep asking if he wants doctors to read this or if he is aiming toward those who like local history (big difference!) And I keep encouraging him – he said he thought he had “a tiger by the tail”; I suggested he think of it more as “an elephant to eat”. He is worried about running out of time, but I remind him that none of us knows when our time is up.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Jana, “none of us knows when our time is up” is what drives many older authors. Will I have time to finish the projects that are truly meaningful to me? I have the same question, but I think the answer is in finding joy in the journey, not obsessing about the end product or the anticipated sales. Learn to enjoy writing, re-writing, making your book the best it can be—then you have your reward no matter how far you get.

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  16. Linda S holbrook

    I am a sixty-one-year-old grandmother who in 2016 decided to enter
    Nanowrimo and won. I had always wanted to write a book but never had the
    time, what with being a full-time working mom and wife. So at fifty-nine, I
    found myself at home, no kids, disabled and unable to work, with my husband
    gone all day working, so I thought hey, why not give it a try. I had no
    excuses. I pumped out the 50,000 words in twenty-five days and finished my
    first manuscript. Then I set to editing and rewriting and now it is queried
    to publishers (getting rejection letters) but at least it’s out there. I
    think I am not trying the right publishers, but I am going at it on my own
    and don’t really know what I am doing, so am probably doing it all wrong.
    Since Nanowrimo, I have written two more manuscripts that are in the beta
    reader stages now. I would love some help focused on a woman of my age. The sites
    I follow for advice are all written by 20-30-somethings and I would like to hear what a person of my generation has to say about it.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Linda, that’s awesome! There are a lot of very good writing sites, and I feature many of them in our Carnival of the Indies. You might also take a look at Jennie Nash’s site (she’s not a millennial!) for help with story development and the nuts and bolts of writing: https://www.authoraccelerator.com/

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  17. Barbara Hinske

    I’m 65 and started writing and self-publishing 6 years ago. I’ve got a women’s fiction series of 5 books that has sold over 100,000 copies and a Christmas novella that has recently been optioned by the Hallmark Channel for a Christmas movie. I love writing but I love making money, too. I’ve treated this authorpreneur experience like it’s a full time job (even though I still practice law full time) and have learned to market my books. I’ve just finished a murder mystery and have another one and a new series under development. I feel like I’m just getting started! This has been the most gratifying experience and I urge anyone with a book inside of them to let it out. You don’t have to know everything you’ll need to be successful on day one. You’ll figure it out. I subscribed to Joel’s blog early on and it has been the single best source of useful advice and inspiration along my journey. Thank you, Joel!!!

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Barbara, you are an inspiration, and you seem to have both writing and marketing skills, and that’s the sign of someone who will do well in this business no matter when you start. Thanks so much for contributing, and thanks for being a reader.

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  18. Ernie Zelinski

    Being 68, almost 69, I suppose I am a “senior,” but I dislike the term. In Vancouver I rent bicycles from Bayshore Bike Rentals. They give me a “student” rate. If they gave me a seniors rate, I would likely decline. See, I am a student for life; that is why I get the student rate.

    Having said that, here is a list for older people to write a book that I give in my speeches about “The Joy of Not Working” and “How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.”

    10 Reasons to Write a Book in Retirement
    * Writing a book will get you out of your comfort zone.
    * You will learn new skills and keep your mind in shape.
    * You will develop more curiosity and be more open to new ideas.
    * You get to share your unique message with the world.
    * You will feel a great sense of accomplishment when it is finally completed – because it is a lot of work.
    * When you hold your book in your hand, you’ve beaten the odds. 85% of society wants to write a book – only 5% do!
    * You can have a big celebration when you finish the book and give copies to friends, relatives, and even strangers.
    * You will get more respect from others.
    * You get to meet a lot of interesting people by having your book with you at all times.
    * You leave a legacy to your children and grandchildren because your book is something tangible and long lasting.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Ernie, I tried a number of alternatives to “senior” but none seemed as direct and easy to understand, but I get your meaning.

      Thanks for the terrific list, you will inspire other writers with your positive message.

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  19. Michele DeFilippo

    Thanks for the mention, Joel. This is a great article that covers all the bases. We’ll distribute it via 1106 Design’s social channels as well.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Thanks for participating, Michele, and thanks for sharing the article.

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  20. Judith

    Joel–it was, and is, an honor to be part of this article. With your permission, I would like to share it with the golf community I live in. Judith

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Judith, thanks so much for your contribution. It’s fine to share it with your golf community.

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  21. RG Ainslee

    I’m 76 and published my first novel a few weeks ago. I have four more in the pipeline. Started writing 40 years ago but didn’t get serious until I retired. Fortunately, I have worked with Word from the time it first came out. The technology aspect is challenging but not a limiting factor. Finances are. Right now my big hurdle is marketing, a whole new world to me. The most important thing is to view it all as a competitive challenge. Don’t give up.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      RG, glad to hear you are publishing at last, and thanks for the advice. Giving up never accomplished anything. If you’re good with Word, you might check out our templates, they are a very cost-effective way to get a polished interior: Book Design Templates

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