I was at a used book sale this weekend and I couldn’t help but over hear some of the volunteers talking while I was browsing. The room wasn’t too large and I was early to the sale heir voices carried in the small space. I feel it is pretty safe to assume that these folks were retired and hearing some of the snippets of conversation about vacations to Paris, a trip to Detroit to visit family and other places. The great thing about being 50+ you’ve had a lot of adventures, experience, and a bit a wisdom you’ve picked up along the way, so why not share this with the world. Clearly these folks enjoyed story telling and I couldn’t help but think, wow that would a great book.
Another advantage of writing and publishing your own book after age 50 is that you probably are in a pretty good position financially to launch on the adventure. Not that you shouldn’t plan and manage your book publishing budget. But, someone 50+ might have more money available to them than say someone much younger who is going on a similar book publishing adventure.
Or maybe you’re thinking it’s too late to take up publishing your own book at this point in your life. Think again, Raymond Chandler, Richard Adams, Annie Proulx, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frank McCourt, all didn’t publish their books, or obtain any kind of literary success until they were over 50! Everyone’s path is different and it is never too late to start a new one.
Imagine that your experience could inspire someone to try something new, learn something new or dare to go for that ‘dream’. There is a wealth of information out there on how to get started in writing and self publishing book. A good place to start is The Creative Penn. Trust me, I have listened and still listen to several pod casts and read several blogs on writing and self publishing but, the Creative Penn is by far the best and more reliable source of information.
I didn’t publish my first book until I was 50 years old, and I have learned so much in the years since then and I can assure you, if I can do it, you can do it! Give it a try. You are always welcome to connect with me as well. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and of course right here.