I am a teen who is serious about writing. I've written several novels and am in the process of revising my query letter. I was wondering what your thoughts were about revealing my age to agents. Should I be vague and say that I'm a teen, should I say my exact age (13), or should I avoid what my age is all together? I'm worried that if agents see how young I am they won't take me seriously. So . . . thoughts?
I think you're right to understand that agents won't take your work seriously if you mention you're 13. It's ok to not mention your age at all.
Of course, if you are offered representation, your parents have to sign the agreement for you, as they will a publishing contract.
I was talking to an agent friend of mine who has the good fortune to look like a fresh faced young girl even though she's 30. When she was starting her career, and her young face was not a plus, she regularly finessed about her age. Not lie. Don't lie. But no one needs to know your exact arrival on the planet.
This works if you're concerned about being too old as well.