Michelle Rosquillo

Michelle Rosquillo - Editor

Greensboro, NC, USA

10+ years editing for literary journals, renowned independent publishers, and seasoned writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry.

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Overview

I value the written word highly as the best effective mode of creative expression, interpersonal communication, and exploration of possibility. My editorial work has helped bring success to authors of long- and short-form fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and experimental genre blends. Some of my professional passions include exquisitely crafted syntax, perfectly placed line breaks, and the Oxford comma. On a more personal note, I love tea and Broadway musicals, am a stubbornly optimistic hobby gardener, and routinely subject myself to the whims of two cats and two dogs.

I am always wholly engaged in the book I am editing--my communication with the author is constant, prompt, and can span hours of real-time conversation wherein we closely examine nuances of style, tone, and diction together. I make it a point to have a quick turnaround for each stage of editing, keenly aware that time is currency in the professional literary world. Though I consider myself an expert editor and reader, I respect the author as artist: the end product will always reflect the author's creative autonomy and vision.

An example of a book I am proud of, wherein I was dedicated to helping the author perfect the characters' voices, streamline the narrative, and tighten the plot, is Mandy-Suzanne Wong's *Drafts of a Suicide Note* which was published in 2019 with Regal House. This internationally acclaimed mystery/thriller set in Bermuda was a 2020 IPPY award winner, made the Santa Fe Writers' Project Literary Award shortlist as well as the semifinals for the Conium Review Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award, American Book Fest’s Best Book Award, the Eyelands Book Award, the Permafrost Book Prize, and the International Book Award.


Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Magical Realism
Poetry
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience

Managing editor (contract)

Blair (formerly Carolina Wren Press and John F. Blair, Publisher)
June, 2017 – August, 2018 (about 1 year)

As a contract managing editor, I assisted with the acquisition of John F. Blair by Carolina Wren Press and the subsequent merger of those presses into what is now Blair. While many of my duties were administrative and metadata-related, I did provide editorial input on several current and incoming titles before the contract ended.

Poetry and fiction editor

Regal House Publishing
January, 2017 – September, 2019 (over 2 years)

I began as a contributing editor (under my maiden name, for a short time) for fiction and poetry, as well as technical writing. I then was given primary editorship over several new projects, including a fiction novel, an anthology, and incoming poetry collection submissions. I left the role in 2019 due to time conflicts, but maintain a wonderful relationship with the editors and authors with whom I worked.

Associate poetry editor

Fairy Tale Review
January, 2017 – September, 2019 (over 2 years)

In this volunteer role, I was part of a team of editors who individually reviewed submissions to the literary journal. Our individual editorial input was recorded via the content management system (Submittable) and then we would collaboratively review all submissions as a team to decide on acceptances, acceptances with revision, and rejections. Once all editorial changes had taken place, we proofed each issue for copy edits, layout, and style before publication.

Managing editor

The Greensboro Review
August, 2016 – May, 2017 (9 months)

As a graduate student in my MFA Creative Writing program, I held the inaugural role of managing editor for this student-run and program-hosted literary journal. I created internal systems for subsequent cohorts of students as to the duties and responsibilities of the managing editor, including acceptance and rejection, the multi-step editorial process, layout of each issue, website content and submission management, proofreading and copy editing, house style, and vendor liaising. I was managing editor for two editions of the journal, which included both short-form literary fiction and literary poetry.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Drafts of a Suicide Note

Wong, Mandy-Suzanne

Changing Tides

Royal, Jaynie, Rosquillo, Michelle

Speak and Speak Again (Pact Press Anthology Book 1)

Royal, Jaynie, Feiertag, Ruth, Esquillo, Michelle

World Gone Missing: Stories

Doyle, Laurie Ann

All We Know of Pleasure: Poetic Erotica by Women

Shomer, Enid, Alexander, Elizabeth, Laux, Dorianne, Levertov, Denise, Rich, Adrienne, Clifton, Lucille

Beaut: A Novel

Morrill, Donald

Fairy Tales You Find in the Mirror

Ryan, Abbey, Rosquillo, Michelle, Elder, Noah

Michelle has 6 reviews

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Tim Bewer
I’m so glad that I found Michelle, and that she was able to be so flexible in agreeing to work on my book. Her edit was fantastic, her communication during the whole process was both detailed and friendly, and I hope I am able to hire her again in the future.

Tim Bewer, June 2022

Michelle Rosquillo
Tim, I had a marvelous time with your book. Thank you for extending the opportunity to be involved, and I look forward to crossing paths again!

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Leonard Jerry Horsford
Michelle sticks to her commitments, delivers on time, is a great communicator, and is very thorough. I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant person to work with. She will be my choice for any additional work that I need to have edited.

Leonard Jerry Horsford, May 2022

Michelle Rosquillo
Leonard, I must emphasize how delighted I am to have made the acquaintance of such an engaging, learned, and talented individual. If I hadn't had the opportunity to work with you as a creative coll...
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Leonard Jerry Horsford
It was an absolute joy working with Michelle. She kept her commitments, was responsive and she was professional. During our session to review the edits, I was impressed by her effort to refine the work without altering my voice. I highly recommend Michelle and will be using her for any of my additional efforts.

Leonard Jerry Horsford, April 2022


Sally Natoli
Michelle is a pleasure to work with. She is supportive and friendly. She is knowledgeable and I trust her advice. I am looking forward to continuing our collaboration.

Sally Natoli, March 2022

Michelle Rosquillo
Thank you so much for your trust, Sally. I too am looking forward to further working with you on your amazing book!

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Abbey Ryan
I cannot recommend Michelle enough. She has been ah-MAZING to work with throughout these last few months. She went above and beyond in her communication, always making sure to address my questions and preferences. She completely enhanced my poetry, taking something I was truly proud of writing and helping shape it into something even better. The amount of love and respect she had for my writin...
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Abbey Ryan, February 2022

Michelle Rosquillo
Abbey, this has been a dream project because of you! I always looked forward to speaking with you about your work and other writing-related tangents, and of course I hope to collaborate with you in...
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