So, basically, I was linksurfing (Linksurfing is when you google something, and then the first thing you read about that something has a link in its text, so you click on the link, and down at the bottom of that page there’s a bunch of “Similar Posts,” and one looks interesting so you look at that, and then that brings up a term you’re not familiar with, so you google the unfamiliar term, and soon you’ve gone from looking up granola bar recipes to researching the ethical and financial dilemmas surrounding healthier school lunches.) and I came across this guy who said that all teen writers suck and won’t get published and this is basically just the years during which you practice writing so you can actually get a book published when you’re an adult. Which is probably true. However, I was offended, so here are some examples of successful teen authors. (Christopher Paolini doesn’t count. He will not be mentioned. His dad was a publisher and he was 19 anyway, barely a teen.)
1. S.E Hinton, who wrote the Outsiders. I have a confession to make: I theoretically hate classics. It’s a thing. Whenever I’m forced to read a book I immediately and viciously dislike it. I mean, I’ll pick up a classic at the used bookstore, read it, love it, and all that, but I hate being forced to read books. (So glad to be unschooled.) However, the Outsiders was a really amazing book. The voice was great, the setting was great, the characters were great, it was great. And it was written by a 15 year old girl. EAT THAT, RANDOM DUDE ON THE INTERNET.
2. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes published her book In The Forests Of The Night when she was 15.
3. Nancy Yi Fan wrote and published her book Swordbird at the age of 12. Twelve! Can you believe it? This was my favorite book when I was 12. I checked it out from the library all the time, along with the sequels. It’s a little preachy, but still good.
4. Frankenstein, the first science fiction book basically ever written, was written by 19-year-old Mary Shelley. SCIENCE FICTION WAS INVENTED BY A TEENAGED GIRL EFF YEAH.
And here’s a Wiki link with a ton of teenaged authors.
Whoo. I feel better now. How about you? All of you teenaged writers out there, keep on writing. You can do this!