I am a student at Antioch High School in Antioch, California.
For quite some time now, I have been in search of freelance writing gigs; however, there is one major problem. No one, and I mean no one, seems to be able to look past the fact that I am only 16 years old. What they do not know is that writing is the first thing on my mind when I wake up in the morning, and one of the main thrills I get out of life.
I am currently in my second year of Advanced Publications, but I have taken three years of journalism. In addition to this, I am currently enrolled in an Advanced English class, which will most definitely strengthen my writing skills.
While I am fully aware that my writing may need some work, I am extremely hard-working and appreciative of constructive criticism.
I was wondering if you could help me out.
Attached are a few of the articles I wrote during my very first year of Advanced Publications, and your opinions are more than welcome. In fact, I would really appreciate them.
Thank you for your time,
I know where Antioch is! I’ve been there as a matter of fact.
Publishers and editors have no way of knowing how old you are unless you tell them. So no, you’re not too young to get published. Your writing will be judged just like anyone’s will, regardless of age. I’d suggest you say nothing about your age.
That said, your age means you’ve only lived through to the age you are, which puts some kind of limit on your experience. Experience shows up in our writing. On the other hand, you have a real shot at what’s known as a ‘fresh voice.’ Don’t hesitate to submit to magazines and apply for writing jobs. In fact, there are very occasionally ads asking for teenage or young writers. In that case, stating your age might actually help.
Thanks for trusting me with manuscript. However, I charge for evaluations so I just deleted them without reading.
Good luck with your writing career!