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 launched a crusade on behalf of senior creativity in 2015.
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 were friends and business associates for a number of years and 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.
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. As creative director and CEO of Texas Law Marketing, he 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 named 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.”