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Im sara, a 13 year old girl. Ive written a novel and my english teacher said it is fantastic and I should try to get it published. Oh yeah, its fiction. Im just wondering whether they'll turn me away because of my age? Thanks

Hello Sara:

All novels are fiction.

I don't believe any publisher would turn away a novel because of the author's age. More important, will the publisher think it's "fantastic"? What a publisher cares about is (1) what is your subject; (2) do you have anything original to say about it; and (3) how many people are liable to read (buy) it? In other words, is it marketable?

I hope this helps. If it does, a nice rating would be greatly appreciated. I am proud of my high scores over 1900 questions.

And good luck with your writing!  

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I can answer questions about the elements of fiction and non-fiction writing: how to get started, writing techniques, re-writing, etc. I will NOT write for you, do critiques except from my website at, or give you ideas. I will not answer home-or-schoolwork questions in any category. If English is your second language, please say so, and I will make an exception. Please submit no more than one or two questions at once, as I tend to go into detail in my answers.


I wrote my first book in 1957 and have been writing and studying writing since. I have a BA in Written Communications, and have taught writing both privately and through adult education for 15 years. Have also edited (fiction books) for an online publisher and edited/wrote more than 100 articles for a teen sex education site. Currently writing web content and mentoring beginning writers.

BA degree in Written Communication

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