Tracey Barnes Priestley
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  • Bayside, CA
  • United States
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Who I am:
Who knew life at sixty could be so great? I am a Life Coach, writer, educator, columnist, non-fiction writer, and soon-to-be published novelist.(My Counseling Psychology has been the foundation for a rich and satisfying career.) On the home front? I met my husband in 1975. Fast forward 37 years - three kids, four cats, one pony, three dogs, and a guinea pig with a skin condition - and we are now empty nesters.I continue to explore, expand, learn, and laugh at this fascinating business of life in the second half!
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
TraceyAfter50 (Twitter)
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Nationally syndicated print column, "Juggling Jobs and Kids."
(It ran for 14 years,in another life!)

Juggling Jobs and Kids - A Practical Guide for Today's Parents

The Second Half - A Lively Look at Life After Fifty (Wrote,co-produced,and co-starred in this one act musical)
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Plays, Journalism, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Services I offer to other writers:
"Pitching" to agents at writer's conferences is a critically important piece of a writer's life. It can also make your palms sweat and your head ache! Based on my training as a Life Coach, and my experience as an author who has has successfully pitched to agents, I teach writers practical tools that make this process a much easier experience!
I found out about She Writes from:
April Eberhardt

Tracey Barnes Priestley's Blog

"Listen To Your Mother" Portland

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 8:43am 0 Comments

I continue to be fascinated by how many different directions my writing takes me. It's especially gratifying when the same piece of writing benefits a worthwhile cause. 

Here's the scoop: (Via my blog at

One of the many things I am grateful for at this point in life is that I haven’t lost my capacity to still get reeeeeeeally excited about different things … like participating in a show that…



Posted on February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

How many times have you found yourself reading a book’s synopsis or thumbing through the pages, trying to decide if that book was for you? What if, instead, you could read the first few chapters…


[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Writer to Writer: Understanding Yourself, to Better Understand Your Publishing Options

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 9:30am 5 Comments

The publishing world has exploded, making it a truly exciting time for today's authors.

The challenge? Deciding on exactly which publishing option will work best for you.

I faced this conundrum when it was time to publish my novel, Duck Pond Epiphany. Though I had experience with traditional…


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At 11:53am on September 20, 2013, Cindy Eastman said…

Hi, I will take some time on your blog/website, too! Besides looking at your trailer for inspiration, I also thought it sounded like a good read! I'll put it on my reading list!

You have a great weekend, too. Nice to "meet" you!


At 11:03am on September 20, 2013, Cindy Eastman said…

Hi Tracey,

Thanks for the welcome! I am enjoying this process in the company of so many learned and wise women! I noticed one of your reviewers is associated with an OLLI program - are you as well? I am an instructor with our local branch of OLLI (UConn Waterbury, CT) I love it...I have a writing class there. Thanks again! Cindy

At 4:19pm on July 1, 2013, Susan Bearman said…

Hi Tracey,

So sorry for the delayed response. I don't know how I missed your message. Yes, April and I do plan to bring our Pathways to Publication Workshop to the SF area. It was very successful here in Chicago, so we are definitely looking to bring it to other cities. We have not yet set a date, but I will definitely keep you in the loop. Again, so sorry for missing your well wishes earlier. I look forward to meeting you in person.

Susan Bearman

Marketing Communications Consultant

At 4:57pm on June 5, 2013, Deborah Armstrong said…

Thanks for the invitation. Networking is so important and finding the time to do it is difficult. 


At 1:51pm on June 5, 2013, Yolanda Renee said…

Thanks for the friendship Tracey.

At 11:45am on June 5, 2013, Vanessa B. Bernard said…

Wow...what a great approach Tracy!  We just have to keep trying to figure things out till we get it right.  I'm going to check your site soon!  Thanks for the response!


At 11:37am on June 5, 2013, Elizabeth Hein said…

Thanks for inviting me to be your friend. 

At 9:20pm on May 8, 2013, Katayoon Zandvakili said…

Oops, Tracey, I signed off before I could ask you where I can possibly see or read your play. And your other art? Do you have a website for those too? So looking forward to it all ~ 

In Joy,


At 9:17pm on May 8, 2013, Katayoon Zandvakili said…

Hi Tracey!

Thank you for your great message and for connecting. I smile every time I open your wonderful Duck Pond Epiphany! It was such a pleasure meeting you in Berkeley at the SWP gathering. Your graciousness, generosity and kind-heartedness during our "adventure" (ahem :)) stay with me. Thank you for being you and all the gifts you bring to the world. I look forward to connecting with you on twitter and beyond ... 

Wonderful congratulations again on your beautiful book!


At 7:08pm on May 1, 2013, Rossandra White said…

Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow!



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