If the 20 Under 40 list has you spooked, never fear--82-year-old novelist Myrrha Stanford-Smith has landed a book deal for a trilogy about the relationship between the great writers William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. After working her whole life as an actor and acting teacher, Stanford-Smith wrote her first novel late in life.
Here's the grandmother's reaction, from BBC News: "'I had to put the phone down and ring them back as I was so taken aback by the whole thing,' she said. 'I'd been waiting for the manuscript to be sent back really, rejected. It was such a wonderful surprise.'"
The Wales-based writer sent her first novel The Great Lie to Honno Press--unexpectedly landing a three-book deal. Her publisher generated a fair amount of press over the deal. The publisher of Welsh women authors recently posted this note: "we have been overwhelmed with manuscripts and are currently not accepting any more until October 1st, 2010."
See the article HERE
Monday, June 28, 2010
You Go, Grandma!
Some sweet news from GalleyCat over the weekend--an 82-year-old British woman just signed a three-book deal with UK Publisher Honno Press, proving it's never too late to make your authorial dreams come true: