Tracy C. Gold



Tracy C. Gold and her daughter on the beachI am a writer, editor, and mom living in Baltimore, Maryland. Two of my books will be published in 2021. “Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat” is a picture book forthcoming from Sourcebooks eXplore which will be illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff. It’s about a hungry bat trick or treating for bugs. “Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby” is a board book forthcoming from Familius in 2021 and will be illustrated by the marvelous Adele Dafflon. It was inspired by my daughter, who hates sleeping as much as I love it.

I love empowering people by helping them become better writers. I do that in my work as an editor and teacher. These days, I mostly work as a freelance editor doing developmental (big picture) edits for fiction writers and memoirists. In fall 2020, I’ll be teaching a course called “Writing Your Novel” via Johns Hopkins University’s Odyssey program. Personally, I write picture books, essays, short stories, and novels. I learned a lot about publishing from interning for literary agent Carrie Pestritto and earning my Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction at the University of Baltimore. Carrie is now my literary agent!

I also learned about helping people become better writers by teaching composition at UB, both during and after my time as a grad student. Before I went back to school, I worked as a marketing consultant both independently and at an agency.

When I’m not working, I’m hanging out with my family, walking my rescue dog, riding my ex-racehorse, or devouring a novel.

If you’re a Terp or a Tar Heel, you may want to skip this part, because I’m a proud alum of Duke University.

P.S. If you’re wondering why the middle initial is everywhere, it’s because I have no relationship with Tracy Gold, the actress in Growing Pains. I was actually named after a dog, which is cool with me.

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Third person bio: Tracy C. Gold loves bringing characters to life. She is a writer, freelance editor, and mom living in Baltimore, Maryland. She has two picture books forthcoming in 2021, “Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat” from Sourcebooks, and “Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby,” from Familius. She also writes short stories, essays, novels, and poems. Her work has been published in several magazines and anthologies. Tracy earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore, and earned her B.A. in English from Duke University. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s playing with her toddler, or hanging out with her horse and dog, both rescues. You can find out more about Tracy at or by following her on Twitter @tracycgold.