Pat Goudey O’Brien is an author, professional editor and founder of The Tamarac Press. She has 40 years of experience in publishing, starting out at Prentice-Hall, Inc, in college book editorial production in the early 1970s. She expanded from editorial, marketing, and production in book publishing and journalism to writing and editing for newspapers and magazines as well as freelance for private clients. She is the author of two titles of her own and has collaborated on or co-written four others.
She’s worked on nearly 100 books, from editing and proofreading rough manuscripts to supervising commercial publication. She has recently expanded her editorial service, PGO Editorial Resource, to work with private clients as well as publishing houses. By guiding authors through self-publishing, she’s enabled many more writers to create books for friends and family and or for sale to the broader trade market. She continues to write for journals and magazines in Vermont while expanding her editing services.
An Avid Supporter of Writers’ Organizations
Pat Goudey O’Brien has served as president of the League of Vermont Writers (2010 being her third and final year as president), an organization she has been a member of for more than 25 years. She’s also served on the League’s board of directors as at-large member and newsletter editor, secretary, vice-president, and president.
She organizes public workshops and seminars on writing and publishing, bringing noted experts and professionals to Vermont as a resource to writers.
Along with her League of Vermont Writers board, she organizes four mini-conferences annually and serves as Emcee — a function she’s filled most years for the past ten years. In July 2010, she and a dedicated team of League members organized a full-scale writers’ conference, “Timeless Craft, Timely Skills,” held at Mt. Snow with 80 writers and more than 20 publishing professionals taking part from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
Outside of publishing, Pat Goudey O’Brien has been a certified Emergency Medical Technician and training officer for her town’s ambulance squad. She also worked in theater as an assistant manager, box office manager, and publicity liaison for the Foxborough Regional Center for the Performing Arts in Foxboro, Massachusetts, during the first years of the center’s programming.