Michael Mirolla

Michael Mirolla – Editor

Does your writing need fixing? Fiction, nonfiction, poetry--I can doctor the lot. 40 years of editorial healing under my belt.


Writer and editor with more than 40 years experience; evaluation and editing of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Run a literary publishing house.

I work best one-on-one with authors. Highly experienced in the back-and-forth of copy editing as well as substantive editing to create the best possible iteration of a manuscript. Easy to reach. Always available. And I can help an author prepare for sending manuscripts to potential agents and/or publishing houses.

What others have to say:

Michael is an editor who not only finds the clumsy descriptions and incorrect grammar but one who delves deeply into the work and comes to an understanding of an author. His instructions are collaborative, his eye for detail exact and his ability to comprehend the motivations of a writer, nearly flawless. His work spurs a writer to further stretch skills and concepts. Each of my novels was only made better by him.

—Brian Van Norman, author of Immortal Water and Against The Machine: Luddites

Over the decades I’ve had some unsatisfactory (at worst) and (at best) numerous pointless relationships to editors. Then along came Michael. From his reactions to the writing itself—unfailingly from within my intentions, style, and tone—to his imaginative taste in design, I have been supported and seen my work enhanced as never before. How lucky can a writer get? A special honor to be accepted into his good hands.

—Frank Lentricchia, author of Introducing Don DeLillo, Ariel and the Police, Lucchesi and the Whale, The Book of Ruth, The Accidental Pallbearer, The Morelli Thing

Biographies & Memoirs History Philosophy Political Science & Current Affairs
Contemporary Fiction Cultural & Ethnic Magical Realism
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Jan, 1988 — Present

I've been a freelance editor for more than 40 years


Written over a 25-year period, the poems in The Massacre Confirmed Our Worst Suspicions are a curious mixture of whimsy, longing and outrage about the passage of time, memory, relics, unrequited love and death. In an attempt at objectivity, the poems are strip... read more
Throughout human history, great and free nations have been built on noble dreams. Recently, in some once promising nations, dreams of betterment and possibility, have been effectively compromised. The current political landscape, featuring cold partisan intere... read more
Combining eloquent lyrics and edgy anti-lyrics, the poems in Poetry is Blood both rehearse and flout conventions of lyric poetry to speak with deep-rooted melancholy about family and tribal history, ancient walls, paintings, monuments, martyred poets, and geno... read more
Part memoir of the author's early life--including his experience as a New York City cop and a US Border Patrol agent before he became a college professor--and part polemical discussions of a host of diverse topics, from aging, religion, and war to teaching and... read more
Charlotte--a gifted but broken jazz singer--has found security and support under the roof of an overbearing French patroness of the arts, only to become trapped by her own dependence. There are no bars on the windows and no locks on the doors, but Charlotte is... read more
A young, mixed-race composer, raised without meaningful connections to his Chinese heritage and struggling with identity issues, travels to China in search of his long-missing uncle, an uncle who vanished in the aftermath of Tiananmen Square. An Idea About My ... read more
It is 1955, and the three Fayette sisters have lived their whole lives in the enchanting French Quarter of New Orleans. Though neglected by their parents, they share a close bond with one another—from afternoons in their small, shared bedroom, to trying to spe... read more
Zoe Du Plessis’s story unfolds against the backdrop of 1996 South Africa, caught in the turmoil of the transition from the Apartheid regime to the first democratically elected black government. A paleoanthropologist at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg,... read more
Meet Daniel Garneau, your average gay hockey player from small-town Ontario. After moving to Toronto to attend university, Daniel meets David, a bike mechanic whose Catholic Italian mother talks to her dead husbands. Their chemistry is immediate, but Daniel is... read more
The essays in If You're Not Free At Work, Where Are You Free?: Literature and Social Change focus on the interconnection of community/workplace/individual and how literature (and thinking about literature) has a role in social struggles aimed at making that ne... read more
Told in two volumes, Arise the Dead--part memoir, part historical fiction--spans the period between 1914 and 1945. The two books concentrate on the lives of real people--the author's parents, the author, a young pilot from New Jersey in WW1, and others--as wel... read more
What do Jamie Oliver, Pope Saint John Paul II, Sammy Hagar, and *NSYNC have in common? They all play a role in Food Fight Inc., a colourful collection of Bruno Codispoti's sweet successes and sour lemons in his two-decade-long efforts to bring unique retail fo... read more
It is autumn, 1997 and Kate Thuringer is back in her hometown to help her college-age daughter settle into her new life. A professional photographer, Kate has lived in Western Canada for nearly three decades. Before her marriage, however, she survived a turbul... read more
With its starting point in the late 1940s, Cadillac Road is the story of red-haired and fierce narrator Sharon Desjardins: from her earliest childhood memories of leaving Northern Quebec and a violent father to adventures in Buffalo and Crystal Beach with her ... read more

Michael has 20 reviews





Bill N.

Bill N.

May, 2024

Very thorough. May not have read line by line but spotten major problems and helped me resolve them. Reading and responding to revisions was extremely valuable. My topic may have been a bit of a surprise (about Pentecostals) but Mike recognized it was not inspirational so much as cautionary and helped me fine tune the novel.
John R.

John R.

May, 2024

Great experience
Hank P.

Hank P.

Nov, 2023

Tough, but valid, criticism. A neophyte would probably give up in the face of the withering negative comments on the first survey. But, as a more experienced author, I suppressed my defensiveness and went to work to fix the deficiencies that Michael identified. In the next round, he was more supportive and had useful and valid comments and suggestions. Pricey, but competent and candid. You ge...
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Doug D.

Doug D.

Oct, 2023

Michael is a professional. I am fortunate to have worked with him
Nicola P.

Nicola P.

Jan, 2023

I approached Michael because I sensed he was an editor who could and would get to the heart of the matter with my novel. I wasn't wrong. Frankly I had gone through so many redrafts, I'd lost my way somewhat. Michael instantly identified the broad strokes that got to the heart of the matter and, thanks to his prompts, I not only overcame a major blind spot on my part but could see my way clear ...
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