One of the questions I hear a lot from young people who love to read and write is, “Can I get a book published even though I’m a teenager?” The answer is yes. It might not be easy, but yes, you can. There are authors who published books as teenagers, or even as a pre-teen.

Nancy Yi Fan

Nancy Yi Fan (born August 26, 1993) is a Chinese American author who is best known for writing a series that currently consists of the novels Swordbird, Sword Quest, and Sword Mountain.

She published her first novel at the age of 13.



Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman is a Canadian American author. Korman has written over 80 children’s and young adult fiction books, including Swindle, Restart, and most recently, Whatsisface.

His first novel, This Can’t be Happening in Macdonald Hall! was published when he was 14.

Stefan Bachmann

Stefan Bachmann was born in Colorado and spent of most of his childhood in Switzerland, where he graduated from the Zürich University of Arts with degrees in musical composition and theory. He now lives and works in Berlin.

His first novel, The Peculiar, was published when he was 16.

The Peculiar

Christopher Paolini

Christopher James Paolini is an American author. He is the author of the Inheritance Cycle, which consists of the books Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance. He lives in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he wrote his first book.

He published his first book, Eragon, when he was 15.


Lucy Saxon

Lucy Saxon is 22 and lives in Hertfordshire with her parents. She describes herself as a cosplayer, con-goer, book-lover and all-round nerdgirl.

Lucy wrote her first novel, Take Back the Skies, at the age of 16.

Take back the Skies

Maya Van Wagenen

Maya Van Wagenen is 16 years old.  When she was eleven, her family moved to Brownsville, Texas.  The convergence of her awkward adolescence, culture shock, and the violent drug war in this colorful border town inspired Maya to begin a unique social experiment.  She spent her eighth grade year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell, to see the effect it would have on her social standing.  The results were painful, funny and profound, and included a wonderful and unexpected surprise—befriending and meeting Betty herself. When not hunched over a desktop writing, Maya enjoys reading, British Television, and chocolate.  She lives with her parents and two siblings in a rural Georgia.  She is a sophomore in high school but still shares a room with her sixth grade brother.  Remarkably they have not yet killed each other.

She wrote her first book, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, at the age of 15.

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek