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.
"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)
- 2015 and 2016 Pitch Wars Finalist
- 2017 Query Kombat Young Adult Champion
- Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore
- TeenPit Mentor, 2017
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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