My thanks, as always, to the Campbell clan.
Hi Neil, I LOVE your work.
I have been writing for the past six years ever since in high school and I'm scared that since I'm young editors would steal my work, what do you suggest?
That you stop worrying. Editors want to discover cool new talent. They aren't going to steal your stuff -- they just want to see if it's good enough to publish.
It's not that there aren't crooks out there -- I see from Making Light that "agent" (she's one of the 20 worst) Barbara Bauer is still causing trouble for decent folk -- but if you are sending your work to a legitimate publisher or magazine, you won't ever have any problems with people stealing your work. Your task at this point in your career is simply to get your work out there into the world.
The Twenty Worst Agents list, by the way, is now up at http://www.sfwa.org/beware/twentyworst.html.