View Full Version : At what age were you first published?

Jorge A.
09-29-2007, 02:59 AM
When I was younger I was a strange little boy; unlike most of my friends, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when i grew up. I've always wanted to be a writer, to write fiction. For the most part I have never deviated from this dream. So back when i was a teenager I promised myself that that I would be published by the time I was thirty. I'm 29 now. The time is coming.

My question is: For those of you who have been, at what age were you first published in print?

09-29-2007, 03:00 AM
Do school papers, etc. count? Or do you mean by trade publications? Paid? Not paid?

09-29-2007, 03:01 AM

Jorge A.
09-29-2007, 03:02 AM
Paid. Not school.


09-29-2007, 03:05 AM

09-29-2007, 03:05 AM
Good question....should be in the writers' roundtable, though.

Chicken Warrior
09-29-2007, 03:09 AM

Shady will beat me. :(

09-29-2007, 03:10 AM
First published, age 9, on a special children's page in my hometown newspaper..
Next published, age 17, college lit magazine.....

Still publishing and I'm 46, always hoping for bigger and better publication credits!

09-29-2007, 03:15 AM
Sounds right to me, too, KTC. Hang on to your keyboards; I'm gonna port this thread ovah!

Oh, and I was 16 or so, I think. It was a few years ago. :D

09-29-2007, 03:22 AM
First epublished at 24 first print published at 36

Jorge A.
09-29-2007, 03:24 AM
Sorry about posting it in the other forum. Wasn't sure where it should go. Oh and for those of you who were published before they were 18: I hate you all! :-P

Calla Lily
09-29-2007, 03:26 AM

Nat'l American Pen Women Poetry Prize, local branch

09-29-2007, 03:43 AM
First book - 51
Magazines - don't remember, but first PAYING magazine 52

09-29-2007, 03:47 AM
First paid publication was in my early teens -- a poem in a university press anthology.

First novel, early twenties.

I remember it as though it were yesterday.

It wasn't. ;)

09-29-2007, 05:07 AM
Hunh. Depends on how you define it, I suppose. If you mean how old was I when something I wrote was published in a place where it could be read by more than just a few people, then I'd have to say I was about 18. I had a run of letters published in Batman, Detective Comics, Batman and the Outsiders and, I think, The Question. Not something I'd put on a resume, but there it is!

When I was 18, 19, 20, and 21, I was a regular writer for my college newspaper (with the third largest circulation of any newspaper in the state, believe it or not...though it was Albuquerque, so what are you gonna do?) After that, I was published in a fanzine for several years. Again, nothing to write home about, but it was a place to practice.

My first paid work was $200 bucks for a book review when I was about . . . 33 or so.

My first real book, you mean? Sold when I was 38, published when I was 40. No , I'm not old. Shut up, I am not.

09-29-2007, 05:10 AM


Karen Junker
09-29-2007, 05:47 AM
10 poetry in local newspaper
52 story in anthology with several NY Times bestsellers

I support your right to be a late bloomer!!!

Shady Lane
09-29-2007, 05:49 AM

Shady will beat me. :(



09-29-2007, 06:02 AM
First paying piece (magazine): 32

09-29-2007, 06:04 AM
14 for a paid short story in a national magazine, heck yeah. And another one coming out in said magazine this year, and I'm 15. I'm hoping to branch out to different markets, though. *like the major book publishers, cough, cough*

09-29-2007, 06:22 AM

Chicken Warrior
09-29-2007, 06:47 AM
Waitwaitwait. We're talking about magazines or books? Magazines, I have no idea...I published my own 'magazine' when I was twelve and my local library gave 'em out (all 20 copies!!!)...then I had a bunch of reviews and editorials on gaming when I was about 14. Also, is this contract signing or release?

I'm thinking about this way too much :D

09-29-2007, 06:48 AM
I think we're talking about any paid magazine/book work, probably release.

My goal, related to age, is to at least sell my first book before I get out of high school. I hope it'll happen, and I don't think it's too far fetched, because I've gotten pretty good feedback on my work from agents. We'll see, I guess.

But if I don't meet that goal, will everyone at AW be here for me when I cry? Or will it just be a whole suck-it-up, you-are-only-eighteen-and-have-your-whole-life-ahead-of-you type of thing? Because I must admit, the second one makes more sense, but I'd prefer the first.

Shady Lane
09-29-2007, 06:52 AM
I think we're talking about any paid magazine/book work, probably release.

My goal, related to age, is to at least sell my first book before I get out of high school. I hope it'll happen, and I don't think it's too far fetched, because I've gotten pretty good feedback on my work from agents. We'll see, I guess.

But if I don't meet that goal, will everyone at AW be here for me when I cry?

That was my goal, too.

Meg, don't be silly. IT WILL HAPPEN.

09-29-2007, 06:57 AM
I think we're talking about paid or at least legit print work. Otherwise, I would list my 8th grade article printed in the local newspapers... ;)

09-29-2007, 07:11 AM
Twenty-six, which was convenient because I started writing when I was twenty-six.

Jorge A.
09-29-2007, 08:02 AM
This is either extremely inspiring or really depressing.

Thanks for all the replies. I guess what this shows is it's never too early or too late.

09-29-2007, 08:39 AM
I was 38.

And now I'm... hey, still 38.

But I'm shooting for five books by my 40th birthday, so I'm doing my best to make up for lost time.

09-29-2007, 04:37 PM
First unpaid clip: 13
First paid clip: 17

09-29-2007, 05:19 PM
This is so depressing.

First published in the fan section of Eerie magazine, 16.

First paid short story in The Horror Show, 30.

09-29-2007, 05:37 PM
Um... 20 or 21, I think? I'd have to go back and check the dates. Might've been something contest-related when I was in high school. I don't really remember.

09-29-2007, 06:12 PM
It was about two weeks before my 35th birthday. The piece wasn't anything more then a gaming review in a POD/ RPG mag, but it felt good. It took me several years after that to get something in print.


09-29-2007, 06:15 PM
I was 22 for my first short, 35 for my first novel.

In this week's Entertainment Weekly there's a first time novelist reviewed who's 90;) I find that pretty darn awesome (and his book sounds fantastic).

grommet (http://www.kathrynmillerhaines.com)

09-29-2007, 06:42 PM
If you count chronological age, 48 for my print release of my novel. 47 if you count Evil Editor's book, but I didn't get paid for my contribution. If you count when I started seriously writing -- uh, three.

Hey, I was busy doing other stuff!

wood pixie
09-29-2007, 08:20 PM
I guess like most of you I've been writing since I was a kid.

I wrote my first book picture book in fourth grade. My teacher told my mother that it was good enough to enter in a contest. Nothing came of it. But one of these days I may submit that story somewhere.

My first real, but unpaid, published piece was in a community paper. I was 16.

My first paid piece ($40) was a feature article about firefighter explorers. It was published in a San Jose CA, bilingual newspaper. It was the main front page story. I was 33. The San Jose mayor came to the explorers academy graduation and asked me for a copy of the newspaper. Pretty cool.

I've had pre-orders for my first two novels that are due out later this year. Yay!!

09-29-2007, 08:33 PM
Before I answer - do you mean in this life only?

09-29-2007, 08:57 PM
12 or 13, I sold a poem to Cedar Rock for $4. My finest pre-adult hour. :)

I knew I wanted to be a writer when I grew up too, from as far back as I can remember. Although at various points along my childhood I also wanted to be a zookeeper and a chauffeur. No, serious, I wanted to be a chauffeur. I have no idea why.

William Haskins
09-29-2007, 09:10 PM
i leapt from the womb with a check for $23.52 and five contributor's copies.

09-29-2007, 09:24 PM
Oh, I feel so behind!
Not counting the litmag stuff from high school,
as a contributing author: 29 (Monet, Renoir and the Impressionist Landscape)
as a sole author: 33 (The Passion of Christ)

09-30-2007, 12:57 AM
30s, computer magazine article.

First book: 50.

09-30-2007, 03:38 AM
Oh, I feel so behind!

Me, too. All these focused, professional teenagers... I feel like such a slacker. Anyway, for me, first book published at 43.

09-30-2007, 04:05 AM
Sophomore year of college.

Also, when I was in high school, it was a combined jr high and high school (private catholic, etc), and I got a story into the high school literary magazine when I was in the eighth grade. Youngest person there.

It wasn't actually very good, but it was good enough for a high school litmag.

09-30-2007, 04:23 AM
I was 20. Maybe it was 21. :)