What impact does age have on a writer's quest to publish his first novel?
I'm sure that James Patterson, say, can land a contract when he's ninety or even dead, but does a newbie stand a guppy's chance after he's enrolled in Medicare?
I know the saying, "Good writing trumps all." Does all really mean all?
I'm sorry to report the true answer here: a lot.
I'm not sorry to tell you how to avoid this problem: don't mention your age.
The reason it's a problem: I want to sell books that will lead to more books. In other words, I want you to have a good long career. I'm more likely to achieve that with a writer who clocks in with fewer birthdays. (We were heartbroken some years back to discover that is not always the case.)
However, I don't ask how old people are before I sign them up, unless they're under 18, and I ask then cause minors can't sign contracts without their Mum signing too.
I always feel a bit bad when a querier trumpets his/her age like it's an achievement (well, ok it is) when if they'd just kept their lip zipped I'd not have a clue.
Let your writing speak for itself.
And in my defense, my oldest client