STATUS: I’m super excited about a new submission that’s going out this week.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? DECEMBER 1963 (OH WHAT A NIGHT) by Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons
I wanted to do a shout-out to a new, non-anonymous blogger in the agenting world. I probably should amend that. She’s probably not new but I’ve newly discovered her and that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
The new blog is Lit Soup by Jenny Rappaport at the L. Perkins agency.
And from what I can tell, she’s taking a lot of drubbing for being honest on her blog. I can see the lure of being anonymous…
One of her comments struck me though. I haven’t read the whole string of commentary (simply out of time today) but she does take a moment to highlight that being young in this industry is not necessarily a liability.
Ah, the age factor must have come up and that made me want to share a little fact with my blog readers. I’m not sure if writers realize just how young the workers in this industry are. I certainly don’t have hard statistics at my fingertips (so take this with some grains of salt) but I wouldn’t be amiss by suggesting that over 60% of the editors who work in publishing (and are actively acquiring and buying books) are under the age of 35.
It’s an industry of young’uns. Brash, intelligent, and savvy Young Turks.
In fact, Jason Kaufman, the editor of that little known book called THE DA VINCI CODE, wasn’t even 30 when he acquired that novel.
And this isn’t unusual.
And as much as it pains me to not be included in those young ranks (ahem, cough, sigh), it did make me want to bring up that fact. There’s a saying that with age comes wisdom. True. Sometimes. But there are lots of folks who have age but somehow missed out on that second part.
So, in the world of publishing, it’s better to not practice ageism.
(I know; I’ll get a whole slew of comments on maturity vs. age etc. Big smile here.)