I am 17 years old and I have written a book that I want to get published. I read a blog that said teens' writing sucks. Not only is that offensive to the published teen authors, but it's also disagreeable to me. I read a SELF-PUBLISHED book BY a TEEN author called Confessions from the Heart of a Teenage Girl . I must say it was the best novel I've read. Why? Because the author's writing skill were still developing, it was very simple and VERY straight forward. She only said what was happening in the story in a simple manner. That's what made the book more enjoyable. Other books written by adult authors and published by big publishing houses are more abstract and often not engaging for me. I am very picky with my reading and I'll only read what's straight forward. Confessions from the Heart of a Teenage Girl has gotten some very good reviews. I finished reading it, but I can remember pretty much ever scene. Adults are good writers too, but teens writing is more fun. Also, teenage authors can get other teens inspired.
What About All the Published Teenage Authors?
Christopher Paolini, the author of Eragon wrote that book in his teens. He was only 15 when he started writing it. He self-published it first, but it didn't work out. He then found an agent who submitted it to Random House, which became a very popular book and is known throughout the world. Normally, this would never happen with a self-published book since people say self-published books are no good and are very hard to sell. Paolini was very lucky though.
Other authors who got published as teenagers include Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Nancy Yi Fan, and S.E. Hinton. They were all traditionally published by big publishing houses too.
Writing skills vary within different teens. Some my not be very good while others are highly outstanding. There are teens with adult level writing skills. Those that do not have adult level writing skills still write stories that are fun to read, even if they are not published.