Miss Snark, I'm working on a book right now and I'm about halfway finished. I'm 17 and will be turning 18 in August. I was wondering something. If I finish the book and query an agent when I'm still 17, would the agent take me seriously? Should I wait until I turn 18 to try and query or still attempt to query an agent when I finish the book, even if I'm still 17?
If you're worried about not being taken seriously because of your dewy youth, don't mention your age. You'd be shocked, shocked! at how many people don't mention their ages in query letters. In fact, the ones that do generally are ancient, and they don't realize that's not a big plus in my book at all...not that there is anything wrong with being ancient; I plan on being it myself one of these days.
Remember too, you can't sign a contract without a parent or guardian's signature if you are under 18 as well.