Manuscript Services

Are you looking for a trained second set of eyes on your manuscript, a polish of your paragraphs, or someone to spot any typos you may have overlooked?

I can give you general feedback, provide guidance and training, catch your errors, and fine-tune your language. No matter what, I will stay true to your voice.

I work in both American and British English on:

  • Literary and speculative fiction
  • Young adult and new adult literature
  • Poetry
  • Narrative nonfiction

I understand that people have varying budgets and goals. I can work with you to put together an editing package that can help meet your goals with the budget you have. Packages can include:

  • Manuscript critiques
  • Developmental editing
  • Line editing
  • Copy editing
  • Proofreading
  • Coaching

Not sure what those terms mean? Here’s how I define the services.

Want to see if we’d be a good fit for one another? Send me a message and tell me about your project!

 


Katie Li

Tanya has worked with me as an editor on individual projects, project manager on a co-written novel, and coach as I launched my career as an indie author. She is incredibly thoughtful, and pays close attention to the needs of her clients. Her insight and encouragement has offered valuable guidance as I set goals for my first year in business. She applies this same careful and skilled eye to her work as a developmental editor, finding the story within a draft and knowing the exact comment that will help the writer elevate their work to a polished final product. Tanya’s diverse range of knowledge and experience has provided me with guidance on projects ranging from personal essays about bereavement and multi-cultural issues to a full-length sci-fi manuscript. She has become a trusted colleague and resource in my work, and I highly recommend her services!

— Katie Li, Author, Somewhere in Between.

Jessica CritcherA friend introduced me to Tanya at a networking event and we met for coffee to discuss the possibility of some developmental edits on my novel. She asked thoughtful, careful questions about my work, many things I hadn’t even considered myself, and I knew before I had even finished my latte that I wanted to work with her.

She listened to me and asked bigger picture questions about my novel throughout the editing process. Her edits and suggestions were not merely how she thought my book should sound, but how to bring my voice out to its full potential and tell the story my way. She didn’t just tell me what to do, either. She helped me look inside myself and grapple with what the book needed, always ready with the perfect mix of task-master and hand-holder.

It is a terrifying thing to trust someone with unfinished writing. But with Tanya, I know my work is in caring, capable hands.

— Jessica Critcher, Writer, Feminist, Organizer

Jenny BravoWorking with Tanya Gold was one of the best decisions I’ve made for my writing career. She goes beyond the scope of editor, taking on roles like cheerleader and confidante, answering any and all questions. As a first time self-published writer, she helped me organize my book launch schedule and worked with me to shape my book into its best.

Tanya is someone you want in your corner. I plan to work with her on future projects and am so thankful to have found such a great publishing partner.

— Jenny Bravo, Author, These Are the Moments, Moments Like These, Those Were the Days

Marna LarsenFinding the right person to be truly supportive of and invested in your book is often just as difficult as writing it. Tanya has been amazing throughout the ‘Okay, I’ve written it — now what?’ stage of my own creative process. Her honest feedback and practical suggestions have been invaluable in taking my plot, characters and setting to the next level and her enthusiasm has really helped breathe new life into my work. It’s been an absolute delight working with her.

— Marna Larsen, Author

Nicole FellerTanya has been such a pleasure to work with. She’s like a friend cheering you on rather than some stranger combing through your work with a red pen. It’s not always easy handing your work over to be polished, but Tanya makes it so comfortable and even fun. I’m so happy to have found her. She has not only helped me make a better book, she has taught me so much that I will be able to apply to future books.

— Nicole Feller, Author, Paper Walls

Maria KamoulakouTanya is the best developmental editor an author could ask for. She works with passion and enthusiasm, and has an excellent command of the English language. She has a talent for immersing herself into the story and identifying with the characters. Her careful coaching helped me expand and unfold my story, while keeping the satisfaction that it was still my work. Needless to say that Tanya makes sure to give you ample encouragement along the way and rewards you with numerous positive comments. She is fun to work with and her enthusiasm (which is contagious) made me work harder and strive to live up to her expectations.

— Maria Kamoulakou, Author

Heather AiliWorking with Tanya on my young adult fiction novel has been a wonderful experience. She was always professional, prompt in responding to any questions I had, and never ceased to go the extra mile in being helpful. Her enthusiasm from the start was exactly what I was looking for in an editor—someone who is not only an expert in writing and editing, but someone who genuinely loves their job.

As a new author, I knew I had a lot to learn throughout the editing process, and Tanya was the perfect match to help me grow in my writing skills, as well as launch my manuscript to the next level. Her comments, suggestions, and coaching throughout my manuscript really helped me to see where my characters, fictional world, and plot lines needed to be strengthened, when I could not see so myself. Her expertise in developmental editing is why my manuscript has grown to be more than just a story I wrote, but one that readers will feel is worth their time. I do not hesitate to recommend Tanya Gold as an expert, professional, and fun editor to work with. She has won my loyalty for future projects.

— Heather Aili, Author

Ava CummingsTanya is an absolute pro and a joy to work with, as well. Like a scientist of words, she keenly identified exactly what my manuscript needed. Her notes and comments were spot on and took my book to the next level. As a former editor myself, I was so impressed with both her ability and approach, and I look forward to working with her again!”

— Ava Cummings, Author, Sweet Muse

Tom ClasbyAs a novice author with a story I had developed on my own, I knew that I needed a skilled, honest and insightful editor to guide me in choosing which material to develop further, and what to prune away. Tanya helped me turn the advanced draft that I brought to her into a disciplined and readable finished product. Her analysis helped me find the core themes of my work, and keep the focus there — or go back to work and try harder at bringing my tangents into some useful role.

The happy part — which I didn’t expect — was that from her observations I discovered new things about a story I thought I already knew. It was wonderful to see my story mature as much as it did, and it simply would not have come so far without Tanya’s thoughtful advice and encouragement.

— Tom Clasby, Author, Sullivan’s Corner: The Last Years of the Farm

C.G. McGinnTanya’s enthusiasm was what made me decide to go with her as my editor. She took the time to really become invested in the story and its characters. Her suggestions helped punch-up the narrative and really brought out the story’s voice. She asked questions that would have been overlooked by someone not as detail oriented. She really got into the story and made it better. I look forward to working with her on future projects.

— C.G. McGinn, Author

Tanya is more than an editor. Tanya digested and examined the work’s primary theme. She helped me amplify my message—my voice—in a manner I had not thought possible. With Tanya’s editing and structural suggestions the book is now included in the personal libraries of two former United States Presidents as well as the libraries of multiple military, legal and Congressional leaders.

In a nutshell, Tanya makes writers out of story-tellers.

— Beasley Kinkade, Author, A Piece of Me

Kiarna BoydTanya went to great lengths to learn my language preferences and writing style. She bridged the text as an advocate for the reader’s experience while always remaining my dedicated ally. I found Tanya’s style of critique to be one of curiosity and she never assumed anything about my word choices or style. Her attention to detail and finesse enhanced my ability to communicate my ideas to my readers. It was amazing to have her come back with insights and delightful questions about my word usage. Together we worked through finding just the right nuances to bring my desired meaning into focus. I began to look forward to talking to her more and more as she went through the text.

— Kiarna Boyd, Author, Blessed and Cursed Alike

Ashley NorrisTanya Gold is a truly talented developmental editor. She worked with me on my young adult fiction manuscript. Tanya helped me bring my story and my writing to the next level. She asked the right questions and encouraged me to think deeply about the reader’s perspective. As a writer, it can be difficult to remove yourself from the story and identify potential pitfalls. Tanya called my attention to a number of logistical issues that I had overlooked in my countless rounds of self-editing.

Tanya also helped me flesh out my main character. My previously two-dimensional protagonist is now fully formed and relatable. Tanya also helped me weed out distracting details and pinpoint confusing passages.

Working with Tanya was a pleasure. I was extremely pleased with her expertise, but I also appreciated her passion and enthusiasm for my project. Additionally, Tanya was accommodating, eager to answer my questions, and our interactions were always pleasant. Bottom line: I will gladly trust Tanya to edit my work in the future.

— Ashley Norris, Young Adult Fiction Writer

I worked with Tanya on a flash fiction project. As a developmental editor, she asked excellent questions about the scope and focus of the project. Her notes and insights were incredibly helpful. Her positive disposition was refreshing, and her can-do attitude gave this novice fiction writer a much-needed boost. I had a splendid time working with her.

— Archana Murthy, Writer, Publishing Consultant

Charlotte PierceTanya Gold is a gifted book editor who approaches her craft as a calling. She’s not simply repurposing a writing talent, or editing on the side; editing comprises her whole professional effort. Tanya’s work with our new children’s reader series revealed her versatility, creativity, and empathy for the author’s intent. She gave concise, clear suggestions that were easy for the author to implement and greatly improved the books. She delivered the manuscript ahead of time and exceeded our expectations. Tanya Gold is our go-to book editor at Pierce Press now.

— Charlotte Pierce, Publisher, Pierce Press

Stephanie JandreauI thoroughly enjoy working with Tanya as my editor and writing coach! She is personable, insightful and easy-going, which makes the challenging process of editing my manuscript less daunting. Her attention to detail is unsurpassed, picking up on the slightest inconsistencies in my writing. She gives lots of great feedback during the project. After just reading a couple chapters she had edited, I knew I had hired the best person for the job.

— Stephanie Jandreau, Author, Amethyst

Shara Puglisi KatsosTanya provided her editing expertise for my two recently published children’s books in the Doggie Investigation Gang, DIG series. My experience with Tanya on both projects was exceptional! With her positive style, she provided her feedback in a very timely, creative and professional manner. Collaborating with Tanya was a joy and I would definitely plan to do so again for future projects.

— Shara Puglisi Katsos, Author, The Doggie Investigation Gang

Eric FritzWorking with Tanya was a great experience. I had her edit one of my speculative fiction stories before I submitted it to a literary magazine. She was professional, easy to communicate with, and she provided excellent feedback on spelling, grammar as well as on larger plot points. Her feedback has helped me make my writing more vibrant and realistic, and bring out the ideas I want my story to get across.

— Eric Fritz, Speculative Fiction Writer

RobertLeonardTanya is detailed oriented, and her exercises helped me tremendously in improving my poetry. Her expert questions helped me create a strong manuscript. She makes a tedious project fun, and really draws your best efforts. Lots of energy, and prompt responses to any questions I had during the project. I am very happy with the results.

— R. Tirrell Leonard Jr., Poet


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