FOR RELEASE DECEMBER 3, 2018
The fifth annual 35 over 35 launches today at 35over35.com.
35 over 35 is an annual list dedicated to celebrating those authors aged 35 and over who have published their first book that year. Launched in 2014 as an alternative to the publishing industry’s celebration of wunderkind authors, the list includes debuts from all categories. Beyond having to be 35 years old or older at the time of their debut publication, other requirements are that each book is a compelling, well-written story.
Started by publishing industry veterans Kera Yonker, Sarah Russo, and Charlie Orr, the annual list showcases the best of these titles. Throughout the year, the website features interviews with authors who debuted age 35 and over, and book reviews of new releases by authors who fit the same criteria.
“It is a long road to publication for most writers, and this list serves to celebrate their perseverance and to encourage the rest of us who are still counting our rejections,” says writer and 35 over 35 founder Kera Yonker.
Nominated author Amy Mason Doan published her debut novel, THE SUMMER LIST (Graydon House), this year and says of the list: “I’m over 40 and debuting with my first novel and love this. I couldn’t have written my book at any other age.”
Highlights this year include: THE WILD BIRDS by Emily Strelow (Rare Bird Press); THE OPTIMISTIC DECADE by Heather Abel (Algonquin); EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL by Mira T. Lee (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking); THE LANDS OF LOST BORDERS by Kate Harris (Dey Street), and SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY by Rachel Lyon (Scribner).
The 35 titles featured this year are
|THE OPTIMISTIC DECADE by Heather Abel
FIRST COMES MARRIAGE by Huda Al-Marashi
THE DEEPER THE WATER THE UGLIER THE FISH by Katya Apekina
A DIRTY WORD by Steph Auteri
WHITE DANCING ELEPHANTS by Chaya Bhuvaneswar
SMALL FRY by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
DESIGNER YOU by Sarahlyn Bruck
THE SHAME OF LOSING by Sarah Cannon
KICKDOWN by Rebecca Clarren
NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS by Kristi Coulter
THE SUMMER LIST by Amy Mason Doan
BONE WILLOWS by James Englehardt
LANDS OF LOST BORDERS by Kate Harris
AN UNTIDY LIFE by Les Hinton
SUMMER CANNIBALS by Melanie Hobson
EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL by Mira T Lee
LOOK BIG by Rachel Levin
THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT BAD BEHAVIOR by Katherine Reynolds Lewis
|AMONGST THE LIBERAL ELITE by Elly Lonon
SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY by Rachel Lyon
ONE WATER by Rob McCue
BURNING DOWN THE HAUS by Tim Mohr
NO ASHES IN THE FIRE by Darnell L Moore
BIG WINDOWS by Lauren Moseley
THE SHORTEST WAY HOME by Miriam Parker
FORBIDDEN BY FAITH by Negeen Pepehn
LETTERS FROM A YOUNG FATHER by Edoardo Ponti
LOVE WAR STORIES by Ivelisse Rodriguez
THERE ARE NO DEAD HERE: A STORY OF MURDER AND DENIAL IN COLOMBIA by Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
CALIFORNIA CALLING: A SELF-INTERROGATION by Natalie Singer
THE WILD BIRDS by Emily Strelow
REVOLUTIONARY THREADS by Bobby Sullivan
GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL by Kelly Sundberg
EVERYTHING YOU LOVE WILL BURN: INSIDE THE REBIRTH OF WHITE NATIONALISM IN AMERICA by Vegas Tenold
TIGERBELLE by Wyomia Tyus
CONTACT: Kera Yonker, email@example.com
For Release June 6, 2018
35 over 35 Announces New Book Review and Q & A Features
Rancho Mirage, CA Wednesday, June 6, 2018: 35 over 35, https://35over35.com/, the annual list that celebrates debut authors aged 35 and over announces today that it will now review books in a new weekly feature.
In addition to these reviews, the site will also include a weekly Q & A feature with authors, asking questions that focus on craft and perseverance.
While the annual list features authors who have debuted each calendar year, the reviews and Q & A will also include those who published their first book over age 35 outside of the current year.
“There are so many authors who fit the “over 35” profile we wanted to feature them in different ways throughout the year,” said site founder Kera Yonker, a writer and publishing veteran.
“These two weekly features allow us to continue supporting those ‘late blooming’ authors when they have a new book or a paperback releasing. Every time we can promote an over 35 writer, they gain more readership via the site. At the same, aspiring writers are getting some encouragement and inspiration to keep at it.”
Inspiration is at the heart of the vehicle’s social media, which quotes well-known authors who first published after age 35. Recent posts have included William S. Burroughs, Jean Rhys, and Amy Tan.
Both the book review and Q & A will appear on the site beginning July 31, 2018. Pitches for both should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Author’s date of birth and debut publication year should be included at the time of pitch.
35 over 35 is a website dedicated to celebrating authors who debuted their first book aged 35+. Reviews and interviews are featured weekly and the annual list selects the best of those debut authors each year. Started in 2014 by publishing industry veterans Kera Yonker, Sarah Russo, and Charlie Orr, the site is a source of inspiration for writers and readers of all ages. https://35over35.com/
Contact: Kera Yonker
For Release December 12, 2017
35 over 35 Releases Fourth Annual List of Debut Authors Over Age 35
Burnsville, N.C. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017: The fourth annual 35 over 35 was launched today at https://35over35.com/. The list celebrates debut authors aged 35 and over who published their first books this year.
Highlights include: The Skin Above My Knee by Marcia Butler (Little, Brown). Butler’s memoir proves her to be a triple threat: musician, writer, survivor. She elegantly tells the story of her life as an oboist who embraces the inner world of music as she grapples with her troubled childhood.
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (Grove Press). Fridlund’s novel, nominated for a Booker Prize this year, strings the reader along in the best way. This coming-of-age story has a tension running throughout that makes it impossible to put down, offering the reader nuggets of insight into the characters so subtle and well-placed that the reader can’t help but appreciate the author’s masterful architecture.
Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash (Picador). Ghobash’s book, a series of letters addressed to his son, deftly weaves together religious study, history, and political science with the wise tone of a father. A lyrical and accomplished piece of non-fiction.
Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr (FSG). Locking Up Our Own examines how the first cohort of black D.C. judges, mayors and police chiefs attempted to quell the crime wave begun in the 1970s by embracing tough-on-crime measures that would ultimately have devastating effects on residents of poor black neighborhoods.
Titles featured this year are: Spineless by Juli Berwald; The Skin Above My Knee by Marcia Butler; Sip by Brian Allen Carr; Florence in Ecstasy by Jessie Chaffee; All Over the Place: Adventure in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geradline DeRuiter; The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan; Lifesaving for Beginners by Anne Edelstein; Fingerprints of Previous Owners by Rebecca Entel; Restless in L.A. by Robin Finn; A Hope More Powerful by Melissa Fleming; Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr; History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund; The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper; The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber; Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives; Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash; August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones; The Leavers by Lisa Ko; All That’s Left To Tell by Daniel Lowe; The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews; A Good Byline by Jill Orr; Next Year For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson; Girl, World by Alex Poppe; Gravity Changes by Zach Powers; Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum; The Spoils by Casey Pycior; Broad Strokes by Bridget Quinn; The Hour of Daydreams by Renee Macalino Rutledge; A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton; Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum; The Year of Needy Girls by Patricia A Smith; Empire of Glass by Kaitlin Solimine; Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell; To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts by Caitlin Hamilton Summie; This Grand Experiment by Jessica Ziparo.
35 over 35 is a website dedicated to celebrating those authors aged 35 and over who have published their first book each calendar year. Started in 2014 by publishing industry veterans Kera Yonker, Sarah Russo, and Charlie Orr, the annual list showcases the best of these titles across a variety of categories. https://35over35.com/
Contact: Kera Yonker