What Writers Have to Say

Tanya has spot-on editorial instincts and I was lucky enough to work with them on a manuscript that ultimately became my debut novel. They immediately understood what I was trying to accomplish with the story, and set me on the path toward reaching those goals. They present their feedback in a clear and easily-digestible format that is detailed but not overwhelming, and let you know what’s working and what can be improved. With their help, I was able to see the timeline and pacing of the book in a new light.
Finding 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. Their honest feedback and practical suggestions have been invaluable in taking my plot, characters and setting to the next level and their enthusiasm has really helped breathe new life into my work. It’s been an absolute delight working with them.
Tanya’s workshopping feedback was astoundingly perfect. Their suggestions were 100% aligned with not only my writing goals, but also my viewpoint characters’ perspectives. Their intake process was thorough, so I felt confident my writing was in good hands, and the follow up support was helpful for sorting out the few lingering decisions I was struggling with. Working with Tanya was an amazing experience and my stories are definitely better off because of their input.
Working with Tanya has been an absolute pleasure. They are a stellar person and editor who provides spot-on feedback, excellent suggestions for strengthening one’s writing, and even positive commentary to help keep a writer motivated. My work is now more streamlined, and the pacing is exactly where I want it to be. I’ve also learned a lot about my writing style and feel that by working with Tanya I am now a stronger writer. I would love to work with Tanya again on future manuscripts, and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to bring their work to the next level.
Michael SolisMichael Solis, Fantasy Author
If you are looking to take your work to the next level you didn’t know was there, then look no further. Tanya has a knack for getting absorbed in your words, understanding the intent behind them, and glimpsing where they could go. Their unyielding honesty begs for your openness, which lends to unfolding the power within your work. They offer pointed suggestions and necessary probes to help expand your writing ability and the content you create. Amongst all this, they genuinely connect with you and root for your success. Tanya, the literary omnivore, is an editor to their core and you would do well to trust them with your work.
A 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. They 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 them.

They listened to me and asked bigger picture questions about my novel throughout the editing process. Their edits and suggestions were not merely how they thought my book should sound, but how to bring my voice out to its full potential and tell the story my way. They didn’t just tell me what to do, either. They 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.
I knew Tanya was the right editor for me before we even began the official work of editing. The insightful questions they asked about my work in the get-to-know-me stage shifted my focus and made my manuscripts so much stronger. At every step of the editing process, they were a guiding angel, always offering genuine encouragement and support, even as they asked me to dig deeper and work harder. My writing was safe in their talented, creative hands, as was I.
Tanya offers insightful tips, breaks edits and revision notes down for you to understand, and is a wealth of knowledge on so many different topics. Tanya does the research, takes the time to let you know where your strengths and weaknesses are and is always upbeat, quick-witted, and fun to talk to. And I recommend their editing services above all others I know!
Working with Tanya Gold was one of the best decisions I’ve made for my writing career. Tanya 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, they 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 them on future projects and am so thankful to have found such a great publishing partner.
Tanya is amazing. As a line editor, they were able to take my prose and turn a slow narrative into a punchy tale that still kept the core descriptions, but improved the flow and pacing better than I thought my story could be. But what makes them special is that they outline exactly why they are making corrections. There’s no part of the process where I felt I had to guess as to why they cut a line or why they made an adjustment, which is exactly what I was looking for in an editor.
Tanya went to great lengths to learn my language preferences and writing style. They 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 they never assumed anything about my word choices or style. Their attention to detail and finesse enhanced my ability to communicate my ideas to my readers. It was amazing to have them 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 them more and more as they went through the text.
Kiarna BoydKiarna Boyd, Dark Fantasy Author, Blessed and Cursed Alike
I thoroughly enjoy working with Tanya as my editor and writing coach! They are personable, insightful and easy-going, which made the challenging process of editing my manuscript less daunting. Their attention to detail is unsurpassed, picking up on the slightest inconsistencies in my writing. They give lots of great feedback during the project. After just reading a couple chapters they had edited, I knew I had hired the best person for the job.
Stephanie JandreauStephanie Jandreau, Urban Fantasy Author, Amethyst
Tanya is the best developmental editor an author could ask for. They work with passion and enthusiasm, and have an excellent command of the English language. They have a talent for immersing themself into the story and identifying with the characters. Their 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. Tanya is fun to work with and their enthusiasm (which is contagious) made me work harder and strive to live up to their expectations.
Maria KamoulakouMaria Kamoulakou, Retellings Author
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. They are incredibly thoughtful, and they pay close attention to the needs of their clients. Their insight and encouragement has offered valuable guidance as I set goals for my first year in business. Tanya applies this same careful and skilled eye to their 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. They have become a trusted colleague and resource in my work, and I highly recommend their services!
Katie LiKatie Li, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Author, Somewhere in Between
Working with Tanya on my young adult fiction novel has been a wonderful experience. They were always professional, prompt in responding to any questions I had, and never ceased to go the extra mile in being helpful. Their 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. Their 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.

Their 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.
Heather AiliHeather Aili, Post-apocalytic Fantasy Author
I worked with Tanya on a flash fiction project. As a developmental editor, they asked excellent questions about the scope and focus of the project. Their notes and insights were incredibly helpful. Their positive disposition was refreshing, and their can-do attitude gave this novice fiction writer a much-needed boost. I had a splendid time working with them.
Archana Murthy, Literary Writer, Publishing Consultant
Tanya Gold is a gifted book editor who approaches their craft as a calling. Tanya’s work with our new series revealed their versatility, creativity, and empathy for the author’s intent. They gave concise, clear suggestions that were easy for the author to implement and greatly improved the books. They delivered the manuscript ahead of time and exceeded our expectations.
Tanya is more than an editor. Tanya digested and examined the work’s primary theme. They 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.
Tanya’s enthusiasm was what made me decide to go with them as my editor. They took the time to really become invested in the story and its characters. Their suggestions helped punch-up the narrative and really brought out the story’s voice. They asked questions that would have been overlooked by someone not as detail oriented. They really got into the story and made it better. I look forward to working with them on future projects.
Tanya is detailed oriented, and their exercises helped me tremendously in improving my poetry. Their expert questions helped me create a strong manuscript. Tanya 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.
Robert LeonardR. Tirrell Leonard Jr., Poet
Tanya is an absolute pro and a joy to work with, as well. Like a scientist of words, they keenly identified exactly what my manuscript needed. Their 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 Tanya’s ability and approach, and I look forward to working with them again!
Ava Cummings, Contemporary Fiction Author, Sweet Muse
I had been working on my book for so long that I couldn’t see the forest for the trees. Tanya gently took charge, immersed themself in the manuscript and surfaced with a compelling plan to make the book work. Without Tanya, I would have continued chipping away at what I had been doing for years. They provided me with a vision of the big picture.
Alison OatmanAlison Oatman, Memoir and Literary Fiction Author
Working with Tanya was a great experience. I had them edit one of my speculative fiction stories before I submitted it to a literary magazine. They were professional, easy to communicate with, and they provided excellent feedback on spelling, grammar as well as on larger plot points. Their feedback has helped me make my writing more vibrant and realistic, and bring out the ideas I want my story to get across.
Eric FritzEric Fritz, Speculative Fiction Writer
My book is immeasurably better because of Tanya.
Tanya Gold is a truly talented developmental editor. They worked with me on my young adult fiction manuscript. Tanya helped me bring my story and my writing to the next level. They 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 their expertise, but I also appreciated their passion and enthusiasm for my project. 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.
Tanya has been such a pleasure to work with. They are 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 them. They have not only helped me make a better book, they have taught me so much that I will be able to apply to future books.
As 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 them into a disciplined and readable finished product. Their 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 their 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 ClasbyTom Clasby, Family Memoir Author, Sullivan’s Corner: The Last Years of the Farm