This is my first post for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group. From Mr. Cavanaugh's blog: "Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!" Today I will be venting my insecurities in being a minor (recently turned 16) in this industry.
Google, which is normally extremely helpful, does very little to help me research contract laws. I understand that in the U.S. contracts are not binding to minors, but most sites don't go into detail in how to get around that. I haven't sold a story yet, but when I do I'm most likely going to have to query and see how I should go about having my parents co-sign/sign/whatever the process is. At that point I believe they have the right to simply reject my work if they want to. That's a stressful dilemma.
Also in being a minor, I'm very keen on withholding information about myself, which I assume distances people from my blog. If you really wanted to, I guess you could deduce certain information from Google Analytics. This community appears safe enough, yet I'm not willing to take any unnecessary risks. For a while I didn't even admit on my blog that I was a minor.
It's easy to not take young writers seriously. I hardly take my fellow young writers seriously sometimes. There's just something there, a lack of professional air or inexperience that makes me take everything with a grain of salt until they've proven that they are competent writers. If I, as a 16-year-old, do this to my peers, how do adults regard my blog when they learn how young I am?
Well, that's about all I have. Any advice/questions/similar feelings/whatever you feel like mentioning?