I started to seriously “strut” my literary stuff five years ago. Excited about my first novel, I anxiously awaited input from a visiting author. That conversation is still etched in memory:
Visiting Author: “You’ve got an interesting storyline here. And I like how you’ve developed the female characters. But…
Me: Spill it. I can take it.
Visiting Author: Most of the characters are over fifty. You need to bring in a couple of young’uns. Create a sub-plot with the protagonist’s niece. Why not introduce a hot young’un as the love interest. Cougar protagonists sell books.
Me: What do you mean by young’uns?
Visiting Author: Characters in their twenties and early thirties. That’s what selling now.
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