Posted by: Patrice Fitzgerald | January 20, 2010

A Little Inspiration for Writers

Don’t give up.

Jessie Foveaux, who began writing her memoir at 80, sold it for a million bucks when she was 98.

Helen Hoover Santmyer sold a best-seller at 84.

Freddie Mae Baxter got a six-figure advance when she was 75.

Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book in the “Little House” series at 65.

Norman Maclean, who wrote his first novel, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, at 75, had it turned into a film starring Brad Pitt, among others.

It’s not too late for the rest of us!


  1. nice inspiring post

  2. Thanks, Nathan! It was inspiring to me to think about those folks producing books and getting them published at that late date…

  3. Raymond Carver came to prominence in his forties I believe, and shaped/created/changed the whole genre.

    Its nice to see this, since the IT culture of today states that only 20-somethings are movers and shakers

  4. oops, I meant Raymond Chandler…

    Carver is good too

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