Dear Miss Snark,
Would you kindly shine the snarklight on a topic mentioned in a recent comment? I was unable to find the original post in your archives. What's your best advice, in addition to writing good books, for either a published or first-time mature writer seeking an agent?
I gather that agents are reluctant to take on writers in their 40s or 50s or older. I'm a little surprised, since a potential 20-30 years of working together sounds like a respectable run even with a younger writer.
Many thanks for your recent Crapometer. I wrote several hooks based on the discussion and scored not only better hooks but two new book ideas.
I'm not sure why you would ever mention your age in a query letter. I certainly don't ever ask. I've been surprised more than once to discover the number of rings in the tree (or lack thereof as well).
Don't tell me you're 168 and I won't ask. You don't have to tell me you're 15 either..but your mom can't call me up and bitch me out if I send you a form rejection letter.
Write well, and Don't Be an Idiot (tip of the pistachio muffin to Miss Genoese for that gem).