Tracy Buyan

Tracy Buyan – Editor

I'm a senior production editor for an academic publisher with 25+ years' experience in copyediting, proofreading, and project management.


I have been in production since the start of my career in publishing, and as part of my production-editing role I've worked with freelance copy editors and proofreaders to help hone their skills. I'm excellent at managing projects and sticking to deadlines.
My specialty is editing and proofreading social science texts, but I have also enjoyed collaborating on developmental editing of memoirs. Having a connection with a manuscript is important to me, and I treat it the same as an author would—I want the finished product to be something we're both proud of.
People tell me I can spot a typo or incorrect punctuation from across the room!

Praise from coauthors Michael Tobias and Jane Morrison:
"Thank YOU for adroitly and expeditiously leaping into the fray with such an acute attention to detail. We are very very grateful and hope there will be an occasion to collaborate in the future."

Praise from author Matthew Lippman:
"You are an unparalleled professional. I am always confident that my books will be produced with exacting care and concern when you are supervising the process. Thank you for all you do for me. I look forward to hopefully having the opportunity to work with you once again."

Praise from author Cynthia Frisby:
"I am so excited to see and hold the book in my hands. Thank you for all your work. I look forward to working with you again…. Not sure if I can request a specific copy editor, but if I am able to, you can be rest assured, you are the first on my list."

Praise from author Amy Reynolds:
"this is hands-down the best-looking, best-designed and cleanest edition yet. Thanks so much, Tracy, to you and your team for all of your wonderful work. I really appreciate your collaboration and your efforts on our behalf!!"

Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Political Science & Current Affairs Psychology Sociology
English (US)
  • Best New Reference of the Year (2010)
  • Breakthrough Book of 2018

Work experience

TLK Editing Services

Oct, 2016 — Present

I have been copyediting and producing books for academic publishers in a freelance capacity in addition to my full-time production job.

SAGE Publishing / CQ Press

Feb, 2004 — Present

I started out as a production editor and worked my way up to production manager for social science college and graduate-level textbooks. I enjoyed the production work too much to give it up for more management-focused responsibilities, so I stepped down in order to keep production as my focus. As a senior production editor, I manage manuscripts in the areas of sociology, psychology, political science, communications, criminology, and management — from copyediting to typesetting to proofreading to indexing, and then to press. I work closely with authors and freelancers, in addition to the in-house editorial, marketing, and design teams. I love what I do!

Petersen Publishing

May, 1997 — May, 1998 (about 1 year)

Copyediting of car-related trade magazines

Forester Communications

Aug, 1994 — Feb, 2004 (over 9 years)

Over the course of 10 years, I did production, mockup, and editing of various trade journals and books and worked closely with the in-house graphic designers and the prepress team. I hired and supervised production and copy editors.


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David M. Newman

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Tracy has 4 reviews





Elena R.

Elena R.

May, 2024

Fantastic, thorough work, as always! Tracy is one of the best proofreaders I have worked with.
Tracy B.
It's a pleasure to work with Elena again. I enjoy our ongoing collaboration!
Elena R.

Elena R.

Aug, 2023

Tracy did a fantastic job! I would love to work with Tracy again, and I highly recommend her expertise.
Tracy B.
It was a pleasure to work with Elena -- professional, responsive, and easy to work with. I would definitely work with Elena again!
elizabeth V.

elizabeth V.

Jul, 2021

Two words - the best.
Tracy B.
It was a pleasure to work with you, Elizabeth. It clearly shows how much effort and care you've put into the manuscript, wanting it to be the best it can be. Thank you for entrusting me with your b...
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Molina J.

Molina J.

Apr, 2021

As a first time Author I am extremely grateful to Tracy for editing my 1st e-book! She was very patient in explaining all particulars on the process. Thank you for taking care when editing my e-book.

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