I don’t know about you – but when I do something as simple as write an email, I feel like I have achieved something for the day. But, let me assure you that even though I have a full time job, run this website, go to school, and try to maintain a social life – I am slacking. How do I know this?
Because I didn’t start a tumblr that recieved a book deal. Oh, and I didn’t do all of that at 15.
Parents – if you want to bitch at your kids for too much time on tumblr, step away. Fifteen-year-old Emily Trunko has just signed a 2 book deal with Crown Books entitled – DEAR MY BLANK and THE LAST MESSAGE RECEIVED, based on her tumblrs of the same names.
I mean, I know what these tumblr’s are – I read them on the daily. The Last Message is one of my favorites – tearing into my heart like no other.
The best way to describe her tumblr’s come from the press release –
Trunko’s Dear My Blank Tumblr (dearmyblank.tumblr.com) launched in March 2015 and showcases anonymous letters that people never intend to, or don’t have the courage to, send—ranging in length from a single sentence to thousands of words, and covering a range of topics and emotions from heartbreak, unrequited love, betrayal, loss, self-awareness, courage, and pride. Over 20,000 anonymous letters from people of all ages have been submitted to the Tumblr, and about 100 new letters arrive every day. The site received 34,000 new notes/comments last month alone.
Upon the recent launch of her second Tumblr, The Last Message Received (thelastmessagereceived.tumblr.com), Trunko gained 40,000 followers in just three weeks, with nearly 5,000 messages coming in the last two weeks. The Tumblr showcases highs and lows of the human condition, sharing the last messages people received from someone significant in their lives—death, breakup, friendship ending, family fights, etc. Some posts are screenshots of a last text exchange, along with a note giving the background behind the texts.
This girl is a genius. We think so anyways.
The books are due to be published in 2016.