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The Next Big Thing: Self-Published Teen Authors

YALSA’s upcoming YA Literature Symposium will explore the future of young adult literature. The symposium begins on November 2nd, but we wanted to get a head start here at The Hub, so we’re devoting October to 31 Days of the Next Big Thing. Each day of the month, we’ll bring you forecasts about where YA literature is headed and thoughts on how you can spot trends and predict the future yourself.

Taking Chances, written and published by Molly McAdam

I was sitting around a table with about 12 teenagers at my library.¬†We were going around and telling each other what books we were reading or had just finished reading — when, to my utter astonishment, two girls started talking about YA books that I hadn’t heard of. What?! This can’t be! Seriously, I go to the YA section in bookstores and libraries (even in other countries — see photo below) and scan the shelves … then I think to myself, “Yep. Yep. Seen it. Bought it. Own it. Read it.” This is because I am lucky to work for a medium-size library with a generous budget for teen materials. I spend around $500 a month selecting and buying all the latest and greatest! So, what, pray tell, were these girls talking about?

They were talking about self-published ebooks they discovered online. Yep, it’s happening already. Then one of them proudly declared, “I’m writing a book.” And her friend nodded vigorously and said, “Yes she is, and it’s really good.”

The next big thing? Books written and published by young adults. More books will gain popularity and readership through self-publishing, and more and more of them will be written by teens.

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Write Now! Young Adults Penning Books for Teens

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that adult authors can even begin to fathom what young adults’ lives are really like. After all, weren’t all those adults all young back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth?¬†Having just watched the Summer Olympics in London, it seemed even the youngest competitors like 15-year-old British gymnast Rebecca Tunney brought their game faces. It’s no surprise that with children earning college degrees (like Micheal Kearney did at age 10), some inspired teens would turn their talents to the world of fiction. A lot of readers may be familiar with more famous teen authors like S.E. Hinton, who wrote The Outsiders at age 18, and Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, who published her first book In the Forests of the Night (2001 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults) in 1999 when she was just 14. Here some more current authors who were all still in high school or college when they got their start in publishing.

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