Fiction Editing and Coaching

Looking for someone who can help you push your work further while cheering you on and supporting you? You’re in the right place.

I work with authors of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, cozies, contemporary commercial fiction, and literary fiction for YA and adult audiences. I have a special place in my heart for stories with LGBTQIA+ characters and for retellings. I work on linear stories, branching stories, novels in verse, multimedia projects, and graphic novels.

I’m here to support you and help you amplify your vision.

What can I help you with?

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Your Story

Get feedback on your story and clear direction on what to do next.

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Your Prose

Get help making your prose work better for your story and your voice shine brighter.

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Coaching and Custom Support

Get customized support to help you with your specific challenges and to make your work stronger.

Don’t know what you’re looking for or what you need? Want something custom? Email me and we can figure it out together!

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Help with Your Story

Want help pushing your story further? I can give you feedback on your story, characters, structure, narration, illustrations, other story elements, and how they all work together to deliver the story you want to tell to the readers you want to share it with.

Two services that can help you with that are manuscript critiques and developmental editing.

I also have processes that I can walk you through that can help you gain perspective on your own work.

Manuscript Critiques

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Get feedback on your story and clear direction on what to do next.

With a manuscript critique, I read your entire manuscript analytically and provide you with a report that takes into consideration how all your story elements work together to shape the book you want to create. I also consider the current market, your target reader’s perspective, and your goals for your book. My critiques will tell you what works, why it works, and what needs more work and why.

I throw in an hour of my time for free after you get the critique to either discuss my suggestions or workshop them.

Developmental Editing

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Get feedback on your story, clear direction on what to do next, and comments guiding you through revision.

A developmental edit is like a critique with even more help.

I read your entire manuscript analytically and provide you with a report that takes into consideration how all your story elements work together to shape the book you want to create. I also consider the current market, your target reader’s perspective, and your goals for your book. My developmental edits will tell you what works, why it works, and what needs more work and why.

I also provide focused feedback within the manuscript itself. I provide a clear direction, mark up your manuscript with notes about what works and what could use more work, and provide detailed suggestions showing where and how you could make improvements.

I throw in an hour of my time for free after you get the edit to either discuss my suggestions or workshop them.

Coaching and Custom Support

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Looking for some support or tools to help you gain perspective on your work? Check out my coaching and custom support.

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Help with Your Prose

Looking to ensure your prose reflects your story and works to provide an immersive reader experience? I can help with that. I can also work with you to highlight the strengths of your voice, tighten your sentences, and further develop your style.

I have three services that can help with your prose: line editing, copyediting, and workshopping.

Line Editing

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Make your prose work better for your story and your voice shine brighter.

A line edit helps you ensure that your prose works with and for your story in a way that gives the reader the experience you want to deliver all while highlighting your voice and making it shine brighter.

I throw in an hour of my time for free after you get the edit to either discuss my suggestions or workshop them.

Copy Editing

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Make your prose polished and consistent, and ensure continuity of details.

A copy edit will help you ensure that your prose is polished and clean. It can help create consistency and continuity in your writing, keeping your reader focused on your story.

I currently only offer copyediting for graphic novels and other multimedia projects.

Workshopping

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Looking to push your writing skills further through workshopping? Check out my coaching and custom support.

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Coaching and Custom Support

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Take your writing to the next level with custom guidance and support.

Looking for some coaching, support, or tools to help you gain perspective on your work? I have all sorts of systems that can help. Want someone to guide you through drafting or revisions? I can help with that too. Want to workshop some shorter pieces together to help you build your skills and amplify your voice? Let’s talk! I create custom packages for every writer I work with.

What Others 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
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.
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.
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 manuscripts 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
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 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!
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’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 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, Author, Sweet Muse
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
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.