Amy (Dorta) McIlwaine
63 Walmer Lane
Cold Spring, New York
(914) 803-9689

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You have a beautiful, light touch, a wonderful sense of nuance, and an elegant concisenessall executed with breathtaking detail, precision, and consistency. Thank you so much for what you did with my book

you made an amateur's souffle look like a chef's signature dish.

 Les McKeown, author of Predictable Success


Your entire job is spotless as usual, and I can see that again you've put your heart into it. I greatly appreciate your help with my work, because to me, no one else does it better than you!


 Silviya, master's degree candidate


All I can say is, hallelujah for Amy McIlwaine! Amy's specific suggestions throughout my book were spot on. Her keen insights and gift with words made my entire book better. She is also a joy to work with.

 Rachel Egan, author of New Woman, New Mom


As writers, we tend to view our accomplishment with blurred vision. We all have a desire to impress our audience with the very best communication of our thoughts and ideas. As a result, we can get locked into a pattern where we miss our own goal. Amy helped me break through that invisible barrier and move into the organized and thorough completion of my mental picture to achieve the desired result.  Amy is phenomenal in her skills and in getting inside the writer’s mind to develop the finished work. She is efficient and timely as she guides the writer through suggested improvements of the manuscript, all while complementing—not altering—the style and skill of the author. I believe any writer will be pleased in his/her choice of Amy to aid in finishing any project with expert clarity.    

 – David R. Hardiman, author of Bailey's Remarkable Plan


Thanks! You did a great job. You saved us a lot of potential embarrassment!

  – editor, business book reviews company

I just wanted to say great edits

—the book is so much stronger than before. Thanks!

 Tyler Enfield, author, Wrush

I like this editor. Smart notes and good suggestions. 


 editorial director, major book packager


Pattison, Eliot. Bone Rattler: A Mystery of Colonial America. New York: Counterpoint, 2007.

Poliakoff, Gary A. and Ryan Poliakoff. New Neighborhoods: The Consumer's Guide to Condominium, Co-op, and HOA Living. Austin, Texas: Emerald Book Co., 2009.

Portaniere, Michael. The TheaterMania Guide to Musical Theater Recordings. New York: Back Stage Books, 2004. 

Press, Peter, and Albert Tapper. A Guy Goes Into a Doctor’s Office. New York: MJF Books, 2002.

Quick, Barbara. A Golden Web. New York: HarperTeen, 2010.

Quinn, Darlene. Webs of Power series: Twisted Webs (2010, International Book Award for Fiction, National Indie Excellence Award), Webs of Fate (2011, Reader’s Favorite Award), Unpredictable Webs (2014 International Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal), Conflicting Webs (2015), Webs of Perception (2018). Greenleaf Press.

Maxfield, Kathie. Starting Up Silicon Valley: How ROLM Became a Cultural Icon and Fortune 500 Company. Emerald Book Company, 2014. (Kirkus Best Books of 2014)

Pereira, Lynne Reay and Anthony Doyle (trans.). Itaucard Guide Brazil. Sao Paolo, Bei Editoria: 2011.

Ruiz, Hector. Slingshot: AMD's Fight to Free an Industry from the Ruthless Grip of Intel. Greenleaf Press, 2013.

Slaby, Linda. Wait, It Gets Worse: Love, Death, and My Transformation from Control Freak to Human Being. Washington, DC: Disruption Books, 2019.

Stoner, Thomas. Small Change, Big Gains: Reflections of an Energy Entrepreneur. Greenleaf Press, 2013.

Schulenburg, Richard. Legal Aspects of the Music Industry, Revised Edition. New York: Billboard Books, 2005.

Schwartz, Daylle Deanna. I Don’t Need a Record Deal! Your Survival Guide for the Indie Music Revolution. New York: Billboard Books, 2005. 

Solomont, Susan Lewis. Lost and Found in Spain: Tales of an Ambassador's Wife. Washington, DC: Disruption Books, 2019.

Spiegelman, Paul and Britt Berrett.
Patients Come Second: Leading Change by Changing the Way You Lead. Inc., 2013. (New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly best seller)

Traganou, Jilly. Designing the Olympics. New York: Routledge (forthcoming in 2015).

Trager, Oliver. Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. New York: Billboard Books, 2004.

Ward, Phil.  Those Who Dare. Austin, Texas: Greenleaf Book Group, 2010.

Weiss, Stanley. Being Dead Is Bad for Business. Washington, DC: Disruption Books, 2017. 

Wohlforth, Charles P. Frommer's Day by Day Guide to Alaska. New York:  John Wiley & Sons, 2012.



articles, websites, blogs, newsletters, and documents for:  


Law firms

Retail companies

National and regional banks

Nonprofit organizations

Credit cards

Authors and agents

Utilities (traditional and green)

Investment advisors

Tax consultants

Advertising agencies

. . . and many more!


ü  New York University School of Continuing & Professional Studies    Certificate in Editing

ü  University of Vermont     Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in  International Studies, Political Science, Italian Studies

ü  Fine Creative Media, Inc. publishing house            Editor (2002-2006) 

ü   Mastery of copy editing and proofreading marks and standards

ü   Hard copy and online texts

ü   Able to absorb house guidelines and/or develop a customized style sheet

ü  Fluent in Chicago (16th and 17th eds.), Associated Press, APA, AMA, etc. 

ü  American, British, and Canadian English (plus some knowledge of Italian, French)


Alumit, Noel. Talking to the Moon. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2007.

Blumenthal, Howard, and Oliver Goodenough. This Business of Television, 3rd (revised) edition. New York: Billboard Books, 2006. 

Bright, Harry.
And That's a Fact: Real Facts for Unreal Times. Bright & Happy Books, 2017.

Brooke, Anna E. Frommer's Day by Day Guide to France. New York:  John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

Bruccoli, Matthew J, ed. John O’Hara’s Hollywood. New York: Da Capo Press, 2007.

Burnett, Allison. The House Beautiful: A Novel of High Ideals, Low Morals, and Lower Rent. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2006.

Carey, Anna. Drama Queen: A Sloane Sisters Novel. New York: HarperTeen, 2010.

Crane, Anita, and Caroll Shreeve. Celebrate Your Stories. New York: Watson-Guptill, 2005. 

Drodzdowski, Ted, Howard Mandel, and John Scofield, eds. The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & BluesNew York: Billboard Books, 2005. 

Egan, Rachel. New Woman, New Mom. River Grove Books, 2014.

Fedrizzi, Rick. Greenthink: How Profit Can Save the Planet. Foreword by Leonardo DiCaprio. Washington, DC: Disruption Books, 2015.

Fisher, Mary. Messenger: A Self-Portrait. Austin, Texas: Greenleaf Press, 2012.

Gallo, Marcia M. Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Birth of the Lesbian Rights Movement. New York: Seal Press, 2006.

Gilliatt, Mary. Home Comforts with Style: A Decorating Guide for Today’s Living. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2004.

Grabenstein, Chris. Whack-A-Mole. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2007.

Hardiman, David.
Bailey's Remarkable Plan. Brown Books (forthcoming in 2015).

Harris, Dr. Bernard A. Dream Walker: A Journey of Achievement and Inspiration. Austin, Texas: Greenleaf, 2010.

Harrison, Lisi. The Clique, Book 12: These Boots Are Made for Stalking. New York: Poppy, 2010.

Hart, ChristopherXtreme Art: Draw Mini-Manga! New York: Watson-Guptill, 2006. 

Hawthorne, Rachel. The Dark Guardian series (Books 1 and 2). New York: HarperTeen, 2009.

Hess, Marc. The Gillespie County Fair. Austin, Texas: Greenleaf, 2019.

Hogg, Sylvie, and Stephen Brewer. Frommer's Day by Day Guide to Italy. New York:  John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

Horwath, Rich. Strategy for You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want. Greenleaf Press, 2012. (New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller)

Jolley, Dan. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (The Junior Novel). New York: HarperCollins, 2009.

Kellerman, Aliza and Faye Kellerman. Prism. New York: HarperCollins, 2009.

Kheterpal, Roma. The “Perfect” Parent: 5 Tools for Using Your Inner Perfection to Connect with Your Kids. Greenleaf Press, 2014.

Kitchen, Jeff. Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting. New York: Billboard Books, 2006.

Lohrenz, Carey D. Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck. Greenleaf Press 2014. (Wall Street Journal best seller)

Marlow, Jane. Who Is to Blame? A Russian Riddle. Austin, Texas: River Grove Books, 2016. (Beverly Hills Book Awards finalist in Historical Fiction). Also How Did I Get Here? (2018) and The Yellow Ticket (2019).

Menninger, Bonar. And Hell Followed With It. Austin, Texas: Greenleaf Book Group, 2010.

Novak, Charles L. Home Is Everywhere
The Incredibly True Story of One Man's Journey to Map America.
Washington, DC: Disruption Books, 2019.

Otting, Laura Gassner. Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Own Life. Ideapress Publishing, 2019.

Copy for such popular and best-selling titles as:

The Art of Apology

Darcy's Passions
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series
Everyday Blessings

Forgotten Man

Girls' Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business

How to Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

The Kahlil Gibran Reader
Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity

On the Road with the Ramones

The Power of Patience
Princesses Behaving Badly

The Thing You Think You Cannot Do

Touched by Heaven

Undiscovered Country
Why Smart People Do Dumb Things

. . . and many more!

Kids Discover
Fresh Creative
The Irish Emigrant
Stoneworks, Inc.
Sound Systems


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