Here are some things I repeatedly hear from young writers:
I know if I can get an agent by 20 I’ll get better marketing.
Teen authors are rare! If I’m a teen author, I’ll be fancy!
[Insert known teen author here] did it, I want to be like her/him!
I’ll be way more famous if I publish by [insert age under 25].
I keep telling folks that these dates are arbitrary, that authors publish when they’re ready and that everyone is ready at a different time. That being a teen author is hard (I’m 30, but I have friends who first published as teens) and it comes with a stigma. That being a teen author doesn’t necessarily garner fame. That writing a good book is the most important. But why listen to me? I mean, I’m 30! What do I know.
So, I got this crazy Idea that I’d take to the streets (or the intertubes) and find out what REAL teen authors (and former teen authors) had to say about their experiences. Here you go, y’all. Straight from the horses’ mouths!~ read more ~