Tracy Quinn McLennan is the founder and owner of TQM Communications, LLC. She is an editor, writer, book author, and communications professional with 20-plus years of experience in book publishing, marketing/advertising, and corporations.
In advertising and marketing, Tracy works across both
B2B and B2C marketing/advertising, corporations,
nonprofits, and higher institutions of learning on all
types of collateral, including print and online
communications, thought leadership, public relations,
branding, strategy, and more.
In the area of book publishing, Tracy works with authors to
prepare their manuscripts for publishing—whether it’s for a
traditional house, self/hybrid publisher, or an academic press. She specializes in nonfiction, particularly memoirs. She also provides editing services, including copy, line, and substantive editing from proposal development to final manuscript.
The author of five books and the ghostwriter of nine books, including one New York Times bestseller, Tracy also provides writing guidance to authors. Formerly an editor at William Morrow/HarperCollins and Adams Media, she has also worked for Hearst Books, Columbia University Press, Wheatmark, The Cadence Group, iUniverse, Adler & Robin Books, and Bill Adler Books.
She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Boston University. She lives in Central Massachusetts with her Kiwi husband, teenaged son, two Siberian cats, a golden retriever rescue from Turkey, and a towering stack of books at her bedside, waiting for their turn.
Food in the African American Canon by Frederick Douglass Opie, PhD (forthcoming)
Through My Laughter and Tears by Annette Stanzione (Wheatmark, 2019)
Amara’s Law: Blood Tech by Andrew Griffin (Kindle, 2019)
The Recounter: A Memoir by Zdenek A. Capek (Memoria Publishing NYC, 2018)
I Had a Good Life by Dante Cirilli (Memoria Publishing NYC, 2018)
My Own True North: A Memoir by Rose Zamora (Memoria Publishing NYC, 2018)
A Man for Others by Andrew Israel (Memoria Publishing NYC, 2017)
Start with Your Gift: Understand and Monetize It while Serving Others with It by Frederick Opie, PhD (Opie Press, 2017)
Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution by Frederick Opie, PhD (The History Press, 2017)
Safety in Numbers: From 56 to 221 Pounds, My Battle with Eating Disorders by Brittany Burgunder (Wheatmark, 2016)
You Don’t Know Jack: Tales from a Traveling Man by Jack Lewis Prince (Memoria Publishing NYC, 2016)
Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies, and Simple Pleasures by Frederick Opie, PhD (The History Press, 2015)
Upsetting the Apple Cart: Black and Latino Coalitions in New York from Protest to Public by Frederick Douglass Opie, PhD (Columbia University Press, 2015)
The Great Ulcer War by William Hughes, MD (Kirkus Indie, 2014)
The House of Black and White: My Life with and Search for Louise Johnson Morris by David Sherer, MD (SBPRA, 2014)
Journals of the Big Mouth Bass: Journal One by Debbie Williamson (Souper Publishing, 2011)
Think Sold! Creating Home Sales in Any Market by Tammy Lynch (BuilderBooks/NAHB, 2009)
This Is My Song: A Memoir by Patti Page with Skip Press (Kathdan Books, 2009)
2016 Tucson Festival of Books
I conducted a workshop called "Editing Your Masterpiece." Answering audience questions, I talked about the different kinds of editing, how to find the right editor for you, and how to ensure a harmonious relationship between author and editor from an experienced editor.
I was also a panelist on the "Paths to Publication" session. We talked about self and traditional publishing, working with a hybrid publisher or publishing service, and how to decide which route to publication is right for you
I moderated the “Social Media for Authors” panel in which book experts discussed such topics as: Can you sell books via social media and how? Do authors have to be on social media to sell books? What are the dos and don’ts on social media?
2015 Tucson Festival of Books
I was a co-panelist at the "Editing Your Masterpiece" workshop in which we talked about the different kinds of editing, how to find the right editor for you, and how to ensure a harmonious relationship between author and editor from an experienced editor.
I was a co-panelist at the “Paths to Publication” panel in which we talked about self and traditional publishing, working with a hybrid publisher or publishing service, and how to decide which route to publication is right for you.
Visionary Leader: The Story of Xavier University President Norman C. Francis by Tim Francis and Tracy Quinn McLennan (Xavier University Press, 2009)
World War II Letters: A Glimpse into the Heart of the Second World War through the Words of Those Who Were Fighting It with Bill Adler (St. Martin’s Press, 2003, hardcover; St. Martin’s Griffin, 2004, paperback)
Through Irish Eyes: Irish-Americans Share Their Wit and Wisdom (Avon Books, 1999)
Quotable Women of the Twentieth Century (William Morrow, 1999)
"When Work Doesn't Work for Women: Saying Goodbye to Corporate America and Hello to Entrepreneurship"
Part One: "The New Women’s Movement"
Part Two: "Pros and Cons of Being a Lady Boss"
Part Three: "13 Questions to Ask before Quitting Your Job"
Part Four: "Leaving Your Job and Starting Your Own Business: What to Do Before"
I had the pleasure
of participating in
Academy webinar, "Ask the Editor," on September 21, 2016. This seminar answered questions for authors regardless of where they were in their journey—considering writing a book or ready to approach publishers—and wanted to know "what's next" or "what do you think" from a professional.
Bring Your “A” Game: The 10 Career Secrets of the High Achiever by Robert J. McGovern (Sourcebooks, 2005)
Life Is Not A Fairy Tale by Fantasia Barrino (Simon & Schuster, 2005, hardcover; Touchstone, 2006, paperback), New York Times bestseller
Letters from Vietnam by Bill Adler (Ballantine Books, 2003)
The Older the Fiddle, the Better the Tune: The Joys of Reaching A Certain Age by Willard Scott (Hyperion, 2003)
Funny Ladies: A Compilation of the Best Humor from America’s Funniest Women by Bill Adler (Andrews & McMeel, 2000)
Outwitting Fish: An Angler’s Guide to Proving That the Smarter Creature Is on the Dry End of the Line by Bill Adler, Jr. (Adams Media Corporation, 2000)
The Quotable Birder: The Best Things Ever Said about Our Feathered Friends by Bill Adler, Jr. (The Lyons Press, 2000)
Outwitting Deer: 101 Truly Ingenious Methods and Proven Techniques to Prevent Deer from Devouring Your Garden and Destroying Your Yard by Bill Adler, Jr. (The Lyons Press, 1999)
Jesse “The Mind”/“The Body” Ventura by Jessica Allen (William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1999)
Founded in 2013