ABOUT USPublishing for writers age 65 and older.
In case you were wondering, this is who we are
Ageless Authors is an effort to recognize your vitality, your strength and your craft. It is designed to highlight the work of writers and artists 65 years of age and older. Ageless Authors is the brainchild of two highly experienced writer/editors – Ginnie Bivona and Larry Upshaw — who have launched a crusade on behalf of senior creativity.
After completion of our first writing contest, it was apparent that we needed more technical expertise and just a really smart person with lots of experience in self publishing, That’s when Jean Yeager joined Ageless Authors as IT Director. Jean was a winner in our first writing contest and has the same fervor for encouraging people in our age group to flex those creative muscles while you can.
Ginnie and Larry have been friends and business associates for a number of years and now they have decided to collaborate on this exciting new project. Jean is a longtime friend of Larry’s. All three have extensive experience as writers, publishers and in marketing.
Ginnie Siena Bivona was born in Cleveland, Ohio, a very long time ago…and at the age of 24 moved with her husband and first child to Texas. She is the insufferably proud mother of five reasonably adult children and seven practically perfect grandchildren. She has worked in many facets of the publishing industry for more than 30 years. Currently she produces self-published books through her company, Lone Star Productions. Her service includes the entire process from first edits to printing the book. She has worked on everything from a two-volume hardcover book on buying and selling scrap, to travel, cookbooks, memoirs and novels.
Ginnie is also a published author. Her first novel was Ida Mae Tutweiler and the Traveling Tea Party (pub date 2000). On March 7, 2009, a made for TV movie based on the book premiered, Bound By A Secret, starring Meredith Baxter, Lesley Ann Warren and Timothy Bottoms. It has been on TV many times since the first release and to date has a viewer count of many millions. Recent releases include a collection of short stories; The Secret Lives of Ordinary Women, and Reality Check, the Work of a Part-time Poet.
In addition, she has written two cookbooks, a humorous cookbook titled The Seductive Chef, A Cookbook & More for Lovers, and she co-authored Top Texas Chefs Favorite Recipes with Sharry Buckner. Her favorite work is titled Notes from a Chameleon, Sort of a Memoir, a book that she has been living, writing and illustrating for the past 40 some years. It was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Awards 2008.
Larry Upshaw came to this work through journalism by way of public relations and marketing. He became a professional writer in his teens, when he contributed feature articles to the rotogravure magazine of the Dallas Times Herald. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, he wrote for Texas Highways Magazine, Houston City, TIME, Rocky Mountain Magazine and the Christian Science Monitor. He wrote a sports column that was syndicated in many southern and southwestern newspapers including the Dallas Morning News.
Larry also wrote for a number of corporate publications including those of Frito-Lay, PepsiCo Foods, Shell Oil and Braniff Airways. He created and published a magazine for the seniors programs of 28 hospitals nationwide. He is now creative director and CEO of Texas Law Marketing and has published a dozen books on law, health and business.
He is married, the father of two grown children, and looks forward to the day when he can reread his entire library and wrestle the bear called Fiction one more time.
Jean Yeager is a playwright, screenwriter and essayist who made his original mark as an advertising copywriter. After winning first prize in the initial Ageless Authors Writing Contest, he joined the organization as a director, concentrating on information technology (website and Submittable), event development and sales.
Here, in his own words, Jean tells his story:
“I started my professional writing work life at age 18 when I won $5 and a free copy in a college yearbook poetry writing contest. During college I collected rejection slips from all of the best magazines in the country – Playboy, Esquire, The New Yorker. Nothing like rejection by the finest!
“After college, I parlayed my experience in rubber stamp making to technical jobs in newspaper and book publishing. My pursuit of being a copywriter resulted in my being thrown out of the offices of the very finest creative directors in Dallas.
“But, I kept at it.
“In the 1980s, I set up my own creative services agency. I either got discovered or charged too way little because I was way too busy! My collected works now take up 26 linear feet of shelf space in the Duke University Libraries David M. Rubenstein special collection on the history of advertising in the U.S.
“I moved to England, got an agent in London and learned that I could not write English – I wrote American. (Dang!)
“I now write plays and film scripts. After being rejected in my hometown this year, the same play was a finalist in the Tennessee Williams One Act playwriting competition.
“That’s about par for the course.”