Young authors are nothing new. Back in 1999 Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' book In the Forests of the Night was published when she was just 14 years old. Christopher Paolini because a New York Times bestseller with Eragon at age 19.
But those kinds of examples were few and far between until recently. Break by Hannah Moskowitz came out in 2009. Then in 2010, Halo by Alexandra Adornetto came out. Both authors were 18 at the time their books were released. Last year, we saw a One Direction fanfic by 16-year-old Emily Baker bought by Penguin.
And this year at the London Book Fair, young authors were apparently the belle of the ball, pulling big advances.
With the current popularity of Young Adult, this trend makes a certain kind of sense - who better to write about teens than other teens, after all? But if Young Adult declines in popularity, I wonder if young authors will continue to enjoy the same kind of success.