Monday, April 23, 2012

T is for Taryn

What? Another CP spotlight? Yes. But feel free to stop reading and skip my post today. Because you probably don't want to learn about Taryn anyway.


Yeah. You don't want to hear that she's only nineteen years-old, right? Or that in addition to being a full time college student majoring in Creative Writing with high academic standing (whatever), she swims competitively and recently placed at nationals (5 races) and broke her team's record in the 100 butterfly. In fact, when she was ten years-old, she was ranked fourth in the nation in swimming. She also lifeguards and teaches swim lessons. But who cares about all that?

I'm sure you don't want to know she is a literary intern for a *big name* agent from a *big name* agency. Or that she contributes to the Write On! blog of Authoress fame. Taryn also has her own business with fellow teen writer Kate Coursey...an editing service called Teen Eyes. With an ever growing list of now agented clients, they're probably not that great at what they do. Not really.



As you can imagine, with the perspective of a teen, lit intern, writer, editor, and incredible knowledge base of all things in the publishing world, her critiques and advice are invaluable. At least that's what I've heard...

And oh, I almost forgot. Taryn's YA mystery, Begging to Breathe, took her two weeks to write with virtually no revisions. She queried it for a week, resulting in a handful of offers in her lap. She decided to sign with agent Vickie Motter in February of this year and her book is already out on submissions. A little disappointing, I know.

Yep. I warned you...I knew you didn't want to know all this. And if for some miraculous reason you are still reading this post, head over to her blog and follow her if you aren't already. Or not. Doesn't really matter. :)

Love you, Taryn!

14 comments:

Em-Musing said...

Amazing young lady. At nineteen, and the world ahead of her, there's no limit to what she'll accomplish. Thanks for introducing us to Taryn.

jaybird said...

Good for her! What an amazing start to what will no doubt be a long, successful career. Way to go Taryn!!

Taryn said...

Awwwwwww Ilima you're so sweet! And thanks, lovely commenters :)

Cassie Mae said...

*bows*

Emily said...

You're right, Ilima. I most certainly did not want to hear about the talented, amazing, Taryn.

Nor her amazing agent, her book being on submissions, her swimming skills and her brilliance.

But man, do I love that girl!

ilima said...

Em-Musing-Yes. I like to live vicariously through her.

Jaybird-She'll be rocking the book world for a long time, for sure.

Taryn-<3

Cassie-as well you should :)

Emily-I should've had a bigger warning sign to stay away from my post today. :)

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Sounds awesome. :D

Angela Cothran said...

I'm not worthy. Lovely to meet you Taryn. Where do you meet these awesome people Ilima?

Giora said...

Great sense of humour and writing full of life. Hopefully, you can jump soon over the hurdle of the Query and let agents read all the pages and see that you have the Voice. That elusive concept that they are looking for. As a teenager, Taryn is doing everything right to pursue her career as an author. I only know one teenager who started even earlier, Kody Keplinger from The DUFF.

Heather Spiva said...

Holy crapola! Two weeks? Way to go Taryn. Thanks for all that awesome info.

ilima said...

Jaycee-She is!

Angie-Writer's Conference. I'm excited to read your posts this week about them.

Giora-She's amazing.

Heather-Holy crapola is right. I don't even pretend to keep up with her.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

You're right. I didn't want to hear how successful someone so young has been, but WOW what a success story. Good luck to her. Just stopping by to say hi on the challenge.

Jolene Perry said...

Fab story. Love it.

Kathryn Purdie said...

Wow, when you write it all out like that, it really makes my head spin to think about Taryn. She is crazy amazing, brilliant, sweet and so giving. LOVE YOU, TARYN!