Tracy Gold

Tracy Gold - Editor Tick

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 teach writing at the University of Baltimore, and 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 (almost 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 (over 2 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 – Present (almost 4 years)

At the University of Baltimore, I teach my students how to embrace the process of drafting and revision to improve their writing and thinking skills. I work with my students to analyze purpose, audience, and genre so they have the tools to approach any writing situation in their academic and professional careers.

Marketing and Content Specialist

Marketing Agency
October, 2010 – Present (about 8 years)

When I help my clients create marketing plans for their books, I draw on my experience working at a marketing agency and as an independent marketing consultant.
I strategically plan and execute marketing programs for clients at a marketing agency and as an independent consultant. I work on a mix of content strategy, social media strategy, social media management, project management, account management, content creation, and content editing.

Portfolio (6 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

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Ryan Martel

Tracy is the most professional and enthusiastic editor I have worked with. She is very insightful and gives great notes. I feel that she went above and beyond when it came to our collaboration. I look forward to working with her further! If you're looking for an editor who truly cares about her work and the people she works with then you should definitely put in an offer with her.

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Ryan Martel, November 2018

Tracy Gold

Thank you so much for this, Ryan! I can't wait to see where you go with this book!

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Jordy Leigh

I was absolutely satisfied. Tracy Gold left me with a fantastic first experience working with a Reedsy professional. She shared my excitement for my story and took that with her to the page as she edited. She communicated clearly with me throughout our collaboration. I'm a happy customer. I recommend Tracy's copy-editing services!

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Jordy Leigh, October 2018

Tracy Gold

Thank you so much, Jordy! It was such a pleasure to work on your story!

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