Tanya Byrne - Editor
Tanya Byrne is an award-winning author of four contemporary YA novels, the first of which earned her a nomination for New Writer of the Year at the National Book Awards.
Her books have been published around the world and have been translated into Spanish, German, Italian and Polish. She has also contributed to several short story anthologies, including A Change is Gonna Come, which won the YA Book Prize and was the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week. Last year, she wrote Floored, a collaborative novel with Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood. Her agent, Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge & White, represents some of the best children’s and YA authors in the country, including Katherine Rundell and Sally Green. A regular at festivals like YALC, Hay and the Edinburgh Festival, Tanya is passionate about diversity in publishing and encouraging writers from marginalised backgrounds to tell their stories.
WHY WE LOVE TANYA
We’re incredibly excited to be working with Tanya. In particular, her knowledge of the children’s and YA market is second-to-none and she boasts an impressive track record writing in this area herself. We love Tanya’s dedication to diversity and she always goes above and beyond when encouraging new writers.
WHAT TANYA SAYS ABOUT EDITING
I remember how hard it was writing my first book. I had no idea if it was any good or if anyone would want to read it. Now I’m four books in, I know so much more about the industry and why some books get published and others don’t. I’m a huge champion of diversity in publishing and I want to help as many new writers, especially those from marginalised backgrounds, to get their stories out there.
As a published author, I know what agents and editors are looking for. If that’s your story, I will do everything I can to make sure that your manuscript gets their attention.
Contemporary YA is what I write and love to read, but I also have a weakness for magical realism so if that’s what you’re working on, hit me up!
What Tanya works on
Genres Tanya specialises in
Tanya's published books
Follow Me Down
When Adamma Okomma meets the wicked-witted Scarlett Chiltern on the first day at her new boarding school, they become inseparable, but when they fall for the same guy, the battle lines are firmly drawn.
Adamma gets the guy but loses her best friend. Then, when Scarlett runs away, Adamma finds herself caught up in something far more sinister than a messy love triangle.
Lola Durand hates her stepmother. It’s a cliché, but it’s true.
She can’t get through to her father. But Lola knows a secret about her stepmother, so if he won’t listen, she’ll show him the truth about his new wife.
Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story for the first time.
A compulsive and moving novel about infamy, identity and how far a person might go to seek revenge.