Tracy Gold

Tracy Gold - Editor

Baltimore, MD, United States

Passionate about helping writers realize their visions for their stories. I specialize in young adult, fantasy, memoir, and short stories.

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I am an editor, writer, and teacher who is passionate about helping writers tell their stories. I provide editing for writers across a wide variety of genres, including children's literature, literary and genre fiction, memoir, and non-fiction.

I help writers define and realize their unique visions, always keeping the author's individual publishing goals in mind. If an author doesn't know what their publishing goals are, I help them navigate the traditional and self publishing worlds to find the right fit. I have helped writers with literary agents and book deals, writers seeking literary agents, and writers who have self-published. I love helping with very small parts of the process, like query critiques, as much as I love shepherding books all the way from ideas to readers' hands.

Some of my clients self-publish, and others have gone on to find literary representation and land book deals. I have worked on books published by major imprints including Simon Pulse, Bloomsbury Spark, and Delacorte.

My editing work is informed by my time interning with literary agent Carrie Pestritto of Laura Dail Literary Agency, my Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Baltimore, and my years of experience as an editor for both businesses and individuals. I taught writing at the University of Baltimore, but am now focusing fully on editing and teaching an occasional workshop. I love helping writers find their voices both in the classroom and one-on-one.

Testimonials

"Tracy has a keen editorial eye and does an excellent job spotting ways to fully draw out the potential in an author's writing. I always trusted her opinion on manuscripts she read for me and was consistently impressed with her insightful evaluations and thorough edit letters. She also has a fantastic, positive personality that makes her a joy to work with. I highly recommend her!" Carrie Pestritto, Literary Agent at Laura Dail Literary Agency

“Tracy Gold is the kind of attentive editor that finds the better writer inside the average writer and the good writer inside the better writer, bringing the author’s talents to the page without leaving fingerprints. My work on the Baltimore Love Project book was greatly enhanced by her editorship.” Rafael Alvarez, author, "Crabtown, USA" and "Tales from the Holy Land," staff writer, "The Wire" (HBO)

"If it wasn't for Tracy's sharp editorial eye and detailed notes, 'At First Blush' would not be the book it is today. She dug into the manuscript and in no time at all managed to fix issues I'd been worried about for months. Tracy instantly understood my characters and their choices, which helped put the story into perspective for me." Beth Ellyn Summer, author, "At First Blush"

"Tracy's keen editorial insights helped me dig deeper with my characters and strengthen plot threads. She's an expert at identifying plot holes, and she offered great suggestions when I was stuck on a chapter. She delivers feedback professionally, efficiently, and encouragingly. I highly recommend her if you want to take your writing to the next level." Rachel Lynn Solomon, author, "You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone"
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Fantasy
LGBTQ
Literature
Short Story
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore
  • TeenPit Mentor, 2017

Awards

  • 2015 and 2016 Pitch Wars Finalist
  • 2017 Query Kombat Young Adult Champion

Work experience

Editor and Writing Coach

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (over 4 years)

I help writers improve their craft, find community, and connect to experts. I help writers self-publish manuscripts, find literary agents, develop early drafts into marketable books, and perfect their prose.

I offer a variety of services from coaching, project management, developmental editing, copy editing, and proof reading. I also offer ghost writing services for the right projects.

Literary Agent Intern

Agent Carrie Pestritto (formerly of Prospect Agency, now with LDLA)
May, 2016 – August, 2017 (over 1 year)

A large part of my expertise in editing and publishing comes from my work interning with literary agent Carrie Pestritto. As Carrie's intern, I read her queries and provided feedback on current and prospective client manuscripts. I also helped her authors with marketing plans, contest entry, and brainstorming and outlining new projects.

Membership and Social Media Coordinator

SCBWI MD/DE/WV
May, 2016 – Present (about 3 years)

As the Membership and Social Media Coordinator for my SCBWI region, I welcome new members to the region, stay abreast of regional news and publishing trends, and help organize regional events where I work with agents and editors.

Adjunct Professor of Composition

University of Baltimore
January, 2015 – May, 2019 (over 4 years)

At the University of Baltimore, I taught my students how to embrace the process of drafting and revision to improve their writing and thinking skills. I worked with my students to analyze purpose, audience, and genre so they would have the tools to approach any writing situation in their academic and professional careers. I worked with many multi-language learners at the University of Baltimore and enjoy working one-on-one with writers whose first language was not English.

Marketing and Content Specialist

Marketing Agency
October, 2010 – December, 2018 (about 8 years)

I strategically planned and executed marketing programs for clients at a marketing agency and as an independent consultant. I worked on a mix of content strategy, social media strategy, social media management, project management, account management, content creation, and content editing. I wrote, edited, and published many white-labeled non-fiction articles, white papers, and ebooks in this role.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

At First Blush

Beth Ellyn Summer

Finding the perfect lip gloss? Easy. Finding your way in the world? A whole lot harder . . .Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can't wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. An... read more

Finding the perfect lip gloss? Easy. Finding your way in the world? A whole lot harder . . .Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can't wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. An... read more

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

Rachel Lynn Solomon

A heartbreaking and lyrical debut novel about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and opposite results from a genetic test that determines their fate--whether they inherited their mother's Huntington's disease.Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist--and to convince her music ... read more

A heartbreaking and lyrical debut novel about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and opposite results from a genetic test that determines their fate--whether they inherited their mother's Huntington's disease.Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist--and to convince her music ... read more

Watch You Burn

Amanda Searcy

From the author of The Truth Beneath the Lies, which the bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Karen M. McManus, called "smart, suspenseful, and unpredictable," comes a psychological thriller about a girl who must keep her arsonist ways hidden--or watch her life go up in flames.Jenny didn't want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the ... read more

From the author of The Truth Beneath the Lies, which the bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Karen M. McManus, called "smart, suspenseful, and unpredictable," comes a psychological thriller about a girl who must keep her arsonist ways hidden--or watch her life go up in flames.Jenny didn't want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the ... read more

Baltimore Love Project Book

Baltimore Love Project Project Book

Rafael Alvarez composed a narrative to put the Baltimore Love Project into context. Hear stories from a spectrum of perspectives, see the project in a new light through Sean Scheidts photos and spread Love using your own stencil insert from the book. Let the conversations about love continue. A poster will be include with every book purchase.

Rafael Alvarez composed a narrative to put the Baltimore Love Project into context. Hear stories from a spectrum of perspectives, see the project in a new light through Sean Scheidts photos and spread Love using your own stencil insert from the book. Let the conversations about love continue. A poster will be include with every book purchase.

Blood of Other Worlds

Bremer Acosta

A three-nosed performer who escaped from a small town, A man in love with a neuro-bot in a futuristic dome world, A lone seeker questing for a name in a psychedelic desert. Blood of Other Worlds is a kaleidoscopic universe, a celebration of the strange and surreal. From the strangers of a damned fair to the grid-lines of technological lust, themes of identity and existence are explored. "All t... read more

A three-nosed performer who escaped from a small town, A man in love with a neuro-bot in a futuristic dome world, A lone seeker questing for a name in a psychedelic desert. Blood of Other Worlds is a kaleidoscopic universe, a celebration of the strange and surreal. From the strangers of a damned fair to the grid-lines of technological lust, themes of identity and existence are explored. "All t... read more

Xantan County

Abby Shaffer

Xantan County is about the people you remember on your way out of town. Its seven loosely connected short stories about mythologized local heroes, superstitions and those quiet moments alone when you're forced to face the noisiest parts of your life. They're character driven stories about identity and growing up, moving on, life andLove, in whatever way that presents itself. Between friends, f... read more

Xantan County is about the people you remember on your way out of town. Its seven loosely connected short stories about mythologized local heroes, superstitions and those quiet moments alone when you're forced to face the noisiest parts of your life. They're character driven stories about identity and growing up, moving on, life andLove, in whatever way that presents itself. Between friends, f... read more

Mandated (War and Wilderness)

Jordy Leigh

War and Wilderness, book two: Mandated* * *--BACK COVER DESCRIPTION--She’s a teen, not a survivalist. He’s a villain, not a hero.Louise steadied herself by exhaling slowly. "After all I’ve done to help him, he’s been so thankless." Granted, she hadn’t been perfectly gracious, either.Canada, September 2016—A refugee of war, Louise Stella has been forced into the forests of Quebec to fend for he... read more

War and Wilderness, book two: Mandated* * *--BACK COVER DESCRIPTION--She’s a teen, not a survivalist. He’s a villain, not a hero.Louise steadied herself by exhaling slowly. "After all I’ve done to help him, he’s been so thankless." Granted, she hadn’t been perfectly gracious, either.Canada, September 2016—A refugee of war, Louise Stella has been forced into the forests of Quebec to fend for he... read more

The Magic of Unkindness: The Books of Conjury, Volume One

Kevan Dale

The demons want her soul. The colony wants her hanged. No one said being a sorcerer’s apprentice would be easy.Kate Finch is desperate to outrun the murderous spirits stalking her. The sixteen-year-old orphan couldn’t save her family—but once she sets foot in Boston in 1736, she swears she won’t lose another person in her life to a demon. When her path leads to the abandoned town of Salem, she... read more

The demons want her soul. The colony wants her hanged. No one said being a sorcerer’s apprentice would be easy.Kate Finch is desperate to outrun the murderous spirits stalking her. The sixteen-year-old orphan couldn’t save her family—but once she sets foot in Boston in 1736, she swears she won’t lose another person in her life to a demon. When her path leads to the abandoned town of Salem, she... read more

Demon in the Whitelands

Nikki Richard

Sixteen-year-old Samuel, son of devout cleric, has endured shame and prejudice his entire life. Though he is destined to follow in his father’s footsteps, he longs for an ordinary life in the whitelands away from talk of demons and holy roots. When the mayor claims to have captured a mute demon-girl, Samuel is forced to become her caretaker. But as Samuel gets to know the prisoner, he finds he... read more

Sixteen-year-old Samuel, son of devout cleric, has endured shame and prejudice his entire life. Though he is destined to follow in his father’s footsteps, he longs for an ordinary life in the whitelands away from talk of demons and holy roots. When the mayor claims to have captured a mute demon-girl, Samuel is forced to become her caretaker. But as Samuel gets to know the prisoner, he finds he... read more

Ghost at Dusk

Kevan Dale

Would you haunt your family to save them?Held captive for thirty-eight years by the demon responsible for his death, Tim Lane grasps a sliver of hope. But escape means unwinding the demon’s harrowing deceptions—by driving his beloved family out of their home. Tim’s choice? Move on to the afterlife proper, or risk everything to put an end to his infernal captor’s terrible scheme. One desperate ... read more

Would you haunt your family to save them?Held captive for thirty-eight years by the demon responsible for his death, Tim Lane grasps a sliver of hope. But escape means unwinding the demon’s harrowing deceptions—by driving his beloved family out of their home. Tim’s choice? Move on to the afterlife proper, or risk everything to put an end to his infernal captor’s terrible scheme. One desperate ... read more

Tracy has 9 reviews

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Hope B
Tracy was excellent! She always got back to me in a very timely manner and was open and honest throughout the entire process. She was even willing to work with me on breaking my payment up into more manageable chunks and her advice and guidance was wonderful! Would love to work with her again!

Hope B, April 2019


Jesse Ellis
Tracy’s developmental editing is of the highest quality. She is a wealth of writing knowledge and a great teacher. Communication is her strength. Expect well-written details from her. I look forward to working with her in the future.

Jesse Ellis, March 2019


Christine Catallo
It was so great working with Tracy! Her insights were very useful to my project and, overall, have helped my writing. A great editorial experience!

Christine Catallo, March 2019


Sara Mazaheri Jones
Tracy is a gem to work with. She is very knowledgable in what she does. She also is very encouraging and uplifting that is a great asset. She communicates well and has answered my questions in the process. So glad I found her and worked with her. Sara Mazaheri Jones

Sara Mazaheri Jones, January 2019


Robert Fleming
Tracy was great and exactly what my manuscript needed. Timely and professional. My novel is miles better from working with Tracy

Robert Fleming, January 2019

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