Tracy Gold

Tracy Gold – Editor

Passionate about helping writers realize their visions. I love picture books (especially rhyme!), young adult, fantasy, memoir, and more.

Overview

I am passionate about helping writers tell their stories. I edit across a wide variety of genres, including picture books, middle grade, young adult, literary and genre fiction, and memoir. For picture books, I particularly love working on rhyme and books with non-fiction elements, but I'm up for anything!


I have worked on books published by or forthcoming from major imprints including Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Simon Pulse, Inkyard, Bloomsbury Spark, and Delacorte.


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 self publish.


I help clients learn to become better writers for future projects; I aim to educate, not just edit.


Personally, I have four picture books that have been published or that are coming out soon, including "Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat" and "Hide and Seek, Nuts to Eat" from Sourcebooks and "Everyone's Sleepy but the Baby" and "Call Your Mother" from Familius. I love helping authors decide whether their picture books should rhyme and if so how to knock the rhyme out of the park.


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 composition at the University of Baltimore, and now teach creative writing classes for Johns Hopkins University's continuing education program, Odyssey. I love helping writers find their voices both in the classroom and one-on-one.


*Repeat clients, if I'm "out of office" but you'd like to book an edit, you should still be able to send a request. If not, please send me a message via our last project. I always do my best to make time for repeat clients. I go out of office when I am heavily booked but I am normally still working.


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 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)

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Fantasy Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Picture Books Science Fiction Short Story Young Adult
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • 2015 and 2016 Pitch Wars Finalist
  • 2017 Query Kombat Young Adult Champion
Certifications
  • Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore
  • TeenPit Mentor, 2017

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2015 — Present

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.

Agent Carrie Pestritto (formerly of Prospect Agency, now with LDLA)

May, 2016 — Aug, 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.

SCBWI MD/DE/WV

May, 2016 — May, 2023 (about 7 years)

As the Membership and Social Media Coordinator for my SCBWI region, I welcomed new members to the region, kept abreast of regional news and publishing trends, and helped organize regional events where I worked with agents and editors.

University of Baltimore

Jan, 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 Agency

Oct, 2010 — Dec, 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

Developmental Editing
Kneel

Buford, Candace

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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 ... read more
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Guinness the Good Girl

Matthew Gillmann

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A lively picture book celebrating holiday traditions, the patience of parenting, sibling relationships, and children's fondness for pajamas, along with a fun, read-aloud, new book to help ever... read more
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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 don... read more
Copy Editing
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... read more
Copy Editing
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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 ha... read more
Copy Editing
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What in the World is a Wild Pongo?

Featherly, Phoebe

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Call Your Mother

Gold, Tracy C.

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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 thril... read more
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
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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 video... read more
Copy Editing
A leading figure in the art world unravels the mystery of the world’s most controversial relic.The history of the Christian church is strewn with holy relics and artifacts, none more controver... read more
Developmental Editing Query Letter Review Book Coaching
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 ... read more
Developmental Editing
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 w... read more
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
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 Worl... read more
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
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 an... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading Book Coaching

Tracy has 67 reviews

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Sharon (Shay) K.

Sharon (Shay) K.

Feb, 2024

We have collaborated on 4 separate book manuscripts. Each time, she is quick with suggestions until we both like it She makes editing fun, exhilarating and productively satisfying. When our session is over, I always feel it was time worth spent sand I have become a better writer. I plan to do more products with her. She does NOT disappoint
Heather S.

Heather S.

Feb, 2024

Love working with Tracy. She pushes my writing to be the best.
Courtney B.

Courtney B.

Feb, 2024

It was amazing working with Tracy! She had such great insight that pushed me strengthen my narrative and really consider word choice and style in my book.
Allyson J.

Allyson J.

Jan, 2024

There was a definite growth in my writing from working with Tracy and I am so happy with this new direction for my story. She is very helpful with helping with getting the rhythm in a rhyming book - which is harder than you think. Not all editors will work so closely on this, but what makes Tracy stand out is she has a video lesson on rhyming books that helps break down the rhythm. She is also ...
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Jasmine H.

Jasmine H.

Jan, 2024

Tracy is amazing. From the moment she responded, I felt she wanted to help me in every way possible to take my story and create a children's book worth reading. When I made errors or was unsure of how to continue particular segments, she guided me to finding the solutions without seeking her for the answers. Tracy is prompt, poised, and professional. It's because of her cheerfulness and enthusi...
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