Portfolio

A selection of recent clients and projects
E. Dolores Johnson earned degrees from Howard University and Harvard Graduate School of Business before launching a successful career in tech. I copyedited Dolores’ powerful and moving memoir ready for her agent search, helping her secure representation with Jessica Papin of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Dolores’ memoir found a publishing home with Lawrence Hill Books of Chicago Review Press, and hits stores in June 2020.
Heirloom offers up-scale vacation rental homes for large groups in some of America’s most vibrant and exciting cities. I worked with the marketing team during the company’s launch year to create tantalizing rental listings that showcased each property’s unique features, plus a series of guides for the best local food, drink, and entertainment, tailored to each property’s immediate neighborhood.
Award-winning writer Jonathan Escoffery is a current Ph.D. fellow in fiction at the University of Southern California. His most recent awards include the 2020 Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review and a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts. I have worked with Jonathan for several years, offering various forms of editorial support, including developmental editing and copyediting on blog posts, essays, and short stories. Jonathan and I also worked on his query letter together, which helped him to secure representation with agent Renée Zuckerbrot of Massie & McQuilkin. Of my query editing services, Jonathan said, “After just a few exchanges, Colwill got me up to speed on the structure of a query letter and helped me flesh out what makes my project stand out. When I finally sent out the query we had worked on together, I received two requests for the full manuscript within two hours, and received my first offer of representation within a week … I wouldn’t have gotten these agents’ attention without the query Colwill helped me write.”
LivHOME is LivHOME is “one of the nation’s most trusted providers of professional senior care services.” I worked with the marketing team to write informative blog posts on numerous topics related to elder care and safety.
Michael Delman is the CEO of Beyond BookSmart and a Massachusetts Distinguished Educator. I copyedited and proofread Michael’s insightful parenting guide in its final stages prior to publication, readying the manuscript for the book production.