Young Writers: It’s Never Too Early
Writing doesn’t have an age range. There is no too young or too old to start writing or get published. People of all ages have made an impact on the writing world. Here I have compiled a short list of writers whose first work was written or published during their teenage years.
Christopher Paolini began writing Eragon at 15 and self-published in 2001 when he was just 18. In 2003, the book was republished by the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house. The Inheritance Cycle has sold over 33 million copies.
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes received news that her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, would be published by Random House on her 14th birthday. She went on to publish four additional novels before turning 20 in 2004. To date Atwater-Rhodes has published 16 young adult fantasy novels.
Catherine Webb finished her first novel, Mirror Dreams, when she was 14 and it was published two years later in 2002. She published three more young adult fantasy novels before her 20th birthday and has written 16 books in total.
Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein in 1816 when she was just 18 years old. The novel was published two years later. There is little more that needs to be said about its continued widespread influence today.
Nancy Yi Fan began her novel Swordbird when she was just 11 years old. It was published two years later in 2008 by HarperCollins. Since then she has published a prequel (Sword Quest) and a sequel (Sword Mountain).
S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders while still in high school. It was published in 1967 during her freshman year of university when she was 18. The book has sold more than 14 million copies and Hinton is still considered one of the great female writers in American history.
Beth Reeks wrote and posted her stories online until Random House took notice of The Kissing Booth, a young adult romance novel, which had millions of hits on Wattpad. She was 17 when it was published in 2013.