11 March 2010
Do you have to be old to write?
Some commenters on this poll told me that they hadn't realised how old their favourite author was.
Nearly 20% of participants couldn't find out how old their author was, another 20% of the authors were deceased, and, most notably, only 3 of the remaining authors were under 40.
Jose commented It seems that you have to be older than 40 for people to read your books, no matter when you wrote them.
One of the things I have noticed recently is a tendency by female authors in particular to use impossibly young photos. I recently worked out an author was over 40 and the photo looked much younger than that. Why do they do that?