Hello guys. This is my first post here and I am glad I found a forum like this that discusses books, writing and the publishing side of things. I am 15 (16 in October) and I am interested in becoming a writer in the future. I mainly would like to write childrens books (short stories) to begin with and see what opportunities open up. I live in the UK and I'm not sure if this forum is mainly inhabited by American citizens. If this is the cae this post will probably be a waste of time as you may not know of any ways to help because of where I live. I have a few questions to ask: 1. Is 15 too young to think, and maybe act on my ambition of writing? I don't want to be put down simply because of my age. 2. Is a literary agent 100% required to get into the writing field? Most websites of UK publishers (like Orchard Books) simply say things like "Orchard Books and Hodder Children’s Books do not accept unsolicited manuscripts for consideration. Franklin Watts and Wayland do not generally accept unsolicited manuscripts for consideration. Our Editors specially commission the majority of our non-fiction titles. We wish you every success in placing your work elsewhere. You may already know that you can find a list of children's book publishers and agents in The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, published annually by A & C Black and available from most public libraries." 3. What exactly does 'unsolicited manuscripts' mean? I know what a manuscript is, but what does it mean if it is unsolicited? 4. Do literary agents cost money? I would rather find publishers that accept manuscripts from new writers over having to spend money on things like this. Thank you for reading my post and I hope someone has an insight for me into the process of publishing regarding the questions I have asked. Thanks, Tom Kerr.