Taryn Albright

Taryn Albright - Editor

Seattle, WA, USA

10 yrs editor + writer @ Disney, Quarto, and agencies. Passion for shaping plot, elevating premise, and defining character in MG/YA/thriller

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"Taryn has a natural talent (read: superpower) for identifying areas in manuscripts to be strengthened/improved."
-Kerri Maniscalco, #1 NYT bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper

MEET ME

Hi, I'm Taryn! I have ten years of experience in fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. My professional background includes experience with The Walt Disney Company, Andrea Brown Literary, The Bent Agency, Movable Type Management, and The Quarto Group.

My first job in publishing was an internship with Andrea Brown Literary at age 18. I quickly fell in love with the behind-the-scenes of books, moving to start a freelance editing business (teen novel critiques from the point of view of a teen) as I continued to intern and assist at a variety of remote publishing jobs. Over the five years I spent as a freelance editor, I worked with hundreds of authors, many of whom signed book deals with major houses.

Meanwhile, I was hired as a show writer at Disney Parks, where I worked on stories told through a different format. From there, I moved to Disney Publishing where I honed my ability to work with already existing stories in fresh, new ways. For the last few years, I have been an acquiring editor of kids' nonfiction with The Quarto Group, where I specialize in novelty, interactive, and book-plus formats across classic science and history topics.

In my non-book life, I am a national champion powerlifter and fitness coach, and I love thinking of my job as an editor the same way I think of my fitness coaching. I'm here to help you achieve your goals for your book in the way that is the most effective for you. That means tailoring my communication, explanation, and feedback to the way you work. It also means that my suggestions are only suggestions: you have the final say.

I specialize in big picture editorial. I love plot, story structure, high-concept premises, and character arcs. I believe no idea is ever too weird or too big or too unsaleable. My favorite part of the whole publishing industry is the query letter, and I've been known to write and critique them for fun.

At the end of our time working together, my goal is for you to have more than a stronger manuscript. My goal is that you will have the tools you need to write a stronger book next time.

SPECIAL INTERESTS

--Fitness
--Swimming
--International/elite athletics
--Cycling
--The Pacific Northwest
--School band
--Dinosaurs
--Chronic illness
--Interactive stories
--Puzzles/escape rooms
--Disney


MY SERVICES

Query Letter Review:
--Unlimited Query Passes + Synopsis + 1st ten page (or first chp) review
--$55
--7 day turnaround

Editorial Assessment:
--Manuscript read, 8-15 page editorial letter, up to 3 query passes, and up to 1 video or phone call regarding my notes
--2-3 week turnaround

Developmental Editing:
--Manuscript read, in-line comments, 8-15 page editorial letter, unlimited query passes, up to 3 video or phone calls, and revision outline review
--3-5 week turnaround

Custom Services:
--Manuscript Coaching: this could mean anything! Reach out to me to tailor a service to your needs.


TESTIMONIALS

"Taryn sees overarching issues and has a keen eye for detail. Her service is fast and an absolute bargain."
-Holly Bodger, author of 5 to 1

"I feel so lucky to have had Taryn offer feedback on my writing. Her notes are thoughtful, insightful, and encouraging. "
-Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden

"Taryn is lightning fast and spot on! She had me smiling as I read her comments because they made total sense and were just what my manuscript needed!"
-Rachele Alpine, author of Canary

"For encouraging, insightful, and detailed manuscript editing, use Taryn. Never mean, always honest!"
-Lindsay Eagar, author of Hour of the Bees

"Taryn Albright is a genius."
-Tara Gonzalez, agent at Erin Murphy Literary

"Taryn knows her craft and the current publishing landscape like a true professional. [Her] notes are jam-packed with insights, big and small, on issues of story, character, voice, writing, and marketability. "
-Mary Kole, former agent at Andrea Brown Literary and author of Writing Irresistible Kidlit

"If I had to describe Taryn in two words, they would be ‘above’ and ‘beyond.’"
-Elaine Vickers, author of Like Magic

"Not only is Taryn lightning fast, she’s also incredibly talented. She challenged me to make my book the absolute best it can be. "
-Jen Alexander, author of The Aftermath

"Taryn is by far the fastest reader I’ve ever had, and she’s also insightful and extremely talented at voicing her concerns in ways I can fully understand them."
-Denise Jaden, author of Losing Faith

"I’ve been applying Taryn’s advice to my manuscript and am loving how much better it reads! "
-Brooks Benjamin, author of My Seventh Grade Life in Tights

"Taryn read my manuscript in record time, and her notes were clear and helpful."
-Jillian Boehme, author of Stormrise

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Cozy Mysteries
Middle Grade
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Work experience

Editor

The Quarto Group
January, 2019 – Present (almost 3 years)

Acquired and ideated nonfiction and novelty books for ages 3-12. Packaged books for clients from Scholastic to Costco. Worked with licenses, including Disney, Mattel, and AZA.

Assistant Editor

Disney Publishing
June, 2015 – December, 2018 (over 3 years)

Guided books for children and young adults based on Disney properties from idea to publication. Provided administration support for the editorial team.

Writer

Disney Creative Entertainment
January, 2014 – July, 2018 (over 4 years)

Collaborated with show directors and designers to create scripts and treatments for the live entertainment in Disney Parks.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
July, 2011 – Present (over 10 years)

I provide big picture editorial feedback on Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction and children's nonfiction, as well as query and submission critiques.

Literary Agency Intern & Assistant

Andrea Brown Literary, Movable Type Management, The Bent Agency
June, 2011 – August, 2013 (about 2 years)

Reviewed queries, full manuscripts, and client books. Assisted in contract, social media, and schedule management for agents.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

5 to 1

Bodger, Holly

Hour of the Bees

Eagar, Lindsay

Freedom Trials

Tate, Meredith

The Belles (The Belles (1))

Clayton, Dhonielle

Henge (Le Fay)

Lovejoy, Realm, Lovejoy, Realm

A Brief History of Underpants

Van Zandt, Christine

Dare Mighty Things

Kaczynski, Heather

The Big Case (Disney Zootopia) (Step into Reading)

Scollon, Bill, The Disney Storybook Art Team

Taryn has 5 reviews

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Professionalism
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Quality
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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Neal Robbins
I found Taryn's advice invaluable, well founded in literary know-how and in commercial acumen. She leads a busy life and was not available immediately, but was well worth waiting for.

Neal Robbins, April 2021


C.M. Burklund
Taryn is fantastic to work with! She has given me a very thorough assessment of my manuscript. Her suggestions make sense and she has a very good grasp of the over-all project. She uses a teamwork approach to her editing which I really appreciate. Getting a critique of your work is a bitter pill to swallow, but Taryn’s warm, no-nonsense attitude makes it palatable. Excellent overall with promp...
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C.M. Burklund, March 2021


Victoria Kaufman
I feel very lucky to have found Taryn to be the editor of my manuscript! Taryn was very easy to work with and gave me incredibly helpful feedback that was essential to improve my work. Being a new author who was not very familiar with the professional editing process, Taryn was an amazing resource as she explained some of the complexities of both the editing and publishing processes. She made m...
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Victoria Kaufman, March 2021


Reesa Guerra
Taryn is the best editor I've worked with on Reedsy. Without her, I would've queried agents and got a frustrating pass. I had the wrong age group (MG not YA) My concept needed improvement. She gave me tips other editors didn't mention. She encouraged questions/communication. Now my query is ready to rock and I have to carry that improved plot in a book rewrite. Patience is everything.

Reesa Guerra, February 2021


Reesa Guerra
Taryn’s constructive criticism, creativity, and joyful enthusiasm make her the perfect editor! She encourages questions and is genuinely someone who loves the process.

Reesa Guerra, January 2021

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