10 Famous Authors Who Published Under the Age of 25

10 Famous Authors Who Published Under the Age of 25


Have you ever thought about publishing a book? Many have! In fact, according to writer Joseph Epstein, “81 percent of Americans feel that they have a book in them — and should write it.” That’s roughly 200 million people who aspire to become an author! Some people just can’t wait to get published. They get to work on writing a manuscript, find an agent, and reach out to publishers no sooner than you know it. Quite a few of these eager authors happen to be kids and teens. You’d be surprised at some of your favorite famous authors who published under the age of 25. Take a look at these accomplished young writers.

Mary Shelley

Date of birth: August 30, 1797
Best known for: Frankenstein
Mary Godwin ran away with author Percy Shelley at age 17 who they later married, and she took his name. At age 19, she came up with the idea for Frankenstein and began to write her manuscript. At age 21, she published the haunting novel anonymously, which led everyone to believe her husband wrote the book. It wasn’t until 100 years after her death was it revealed that she was the true author of Frankenstein.

Jake Marcionette

Date of birth: March 20, 2001
Best known for: Just Jake
Just Jake is an “autobiographical” novel about moving to a new school. Marcionette shares with readers how to make friends while avoiding the school bully. He wrote his novel at age 12, and after he completed the manuscript, he went online to discover how to get published. Two days after he completed his research, Marcionette he got an agent! His book was seventh on the New York Times bestseller list for children’s middle grade books.

Minou Drouet

Date of birth: July 24, 1947
Best known for: Arbre, Mon Ami
Drouet didn’t make a peep until the age of six after she heard Brahms symphony. The music inspired her to write poetry, and she also picked up piano and guitar. Drouet published her first book, Arbre, Mon Ami at age ten. The new Yorker called it, “phenomenally successful.” Drouet went on to publish five more books before the age of 23.

Bret Easton Ellis

Date of birth: March 7, 1964
Best known for: American Psycho
At age 21, Ellis wrote Less Than Zero, a controversial book set in Los Angeles in the early ’80s. The book tells the story of a lost generation who experience drugs and sex at too young of an age. Simon & Schuster eventually dropped the book due to the number of petitions against it. Knopf republished the book in 1985, and over 50,000 copies were sold, partially because of the controversy the book caused. His second book, The Rules of Attraction, was published when he was 23.

Jyoti and Suresh Guptara

Date of birth: November 22, 1988,
Best known for: The Insanity Saga
Twin brothers Jyoti and Suresh Guptara put their two creative minds to work at the age of 11 completing their first novel, Conspiracy of Calaspia. Two years after they finished their novel, it became a best seller. By the time they turned 23, they had finished the third book in the Insanity Saga. The two have also written articles and short stories.

S.E. Hinton (Susan Elosie Hinton)

Date of birth: July 22, 1950
Best known for: The Outsiders
Hinton was 15 when she started writing her first book, The Outsiders. She finished it at age 16 and then went on to publish at age 18 under the initials S.E. Hinton says that she published under her initials to avoid any sexism or prejudices.

Alec Greven

Date of birth:1999
Best known for: How to Talk to Girls

Greven is the author of How to Talk to Girls which he published with Harper Collins when he was nine-years-old! He has an entire series which includes; How to Talk to Moms, How to Talk to Dads, and How to Talk to Santa. See what Greven has to say about his accomplishments.

Gordon Korman

Date of birth: October 23, 1963
Best known for: Macdonald Hall series
When Korman was 12-years-old, he submitted a writing assignment to Scholastic which became the first book in the Macdonald Hall series. The books are about two troublemakers, Bruno and Boots, and their adventures in school. By the time Korman finished high school, he had published five other books. He now has 75 books in print and has sold over seven million copies!

Flavia Bujor

Date of birth: August 8, 1988
Best known for: The Prophecy of the Stones
HarperCollins picked Bujor up when she wrote The Prophecy of the Stones at 12-years-old. The book is about three teenage girls who come to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Her book is available in 24 different countries. She is currently working on a second book.

And the Guinness book of world records for the youngest author of a bestselling book series goes to…

Christopher Paolini

Date of birth: November 17, 1983
Best known for: Inheritance Cycle (a four book series)
Paolini self-published his first book, Eragon when he was 15. A few years down the road, he caught the eye of Random House Children’s Books, and after another round of edits, Eragon was released again and became an instant number-one New York Times bestseller. Eragon also became a movie, and Paolini is an inspiration for young authors and offers writing and publishing advice on his website Paolini.net.

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