As a professional editor, writer, proofreader, graphic designer, and content manager, I bring a wealth of experience to the writing and publishing process, both online and off. I balance a big-picture view with great attention to detail, all with timely delivery. With my editorial services company, EDITORA, I can provide the editorial, production, and content development services you need.
My background includes the editing of trade books, website content development for major websites, journalism/newspaper writing, and more. I’ve edited hundreds of trade books for various leading publishers over the years, and the following are just a few of them, many of which have also been translated into other languages, mostly Spanish, German, and Japanese. The trade books I’ve edited, currently up to a total of 62,435 pages, have included massive, hulking hardback books such as Novell’s Guide to NetWare 5 Networks (all 1,562 pages plus two CD-ROMS) and Visual Basic 6 Master Reference (1,566 pages plus CD-ROM). Thrilling subjects, eh? Actually, they are pretty thrilling to many people.
The following list of selected books I’ve edited omits dozens of technical books with exciting titles such as NetWare User’s Guide; Introducing VBScript and Active X; Linux Network Toolkit; and C++ in Plain English. You get the idea. I also omit many dozens of poetry books I’ve published with my own press, Press Here, and books that I’ve edited and designed for various poetry organizations. Three poetry books that I’m also particularly proud to have worked on, but also omit here, are Here, There, and Everywhere, a poetry anthology for the Redmond Association of Spokenword, for which I was editor and book designer; A Haiku Path, the Haiku Society of America’s 20th anniversary anthology of essays, criticism, and history, for which I served as managing editor, designer, art director, print buyer, and copyeditor; and Tidepools: Haiku On Gabriola, published by Pacific Rim Publishers, which I envisioned, developed, edited, and designed. It was a pleasure to work with each of these authors and publishers.
Some of the varied subjects I’ve edited include soldering, jazz, plywood manufacturing, children’s literature, computer animation, workplace violence, travel, memoir, fiction, digital photography, textbooks, business books, dissertations, business plans, and more—mostly books about computer software. See also books I’ve published with my own press, Press Here, and my own books.
Please contact Michael Dylan Welch if you require editing services for your publication of any size. Services include publication management, acquisitions, developmental editing, substantive editing, copyediting, proofreading, print buying, layout and design, typography, and quality control.
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The following is a representative but very partial selection of the many trade books I’ve edited, excluding many dozens of poetry books I’ve also edited and published. Click any heading to sort by that heading.
|Barbara Hay ||The Bulldoggers Club: The Tale of the Tainted Buffalo Wallow ||2013 ||RoadRunner Press, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ||978-1-937054-57-1 ||Fiction |
|Greg Slamowitz ||Flip the Pyramid ||2013 ||Highpoint Executive Publishing, New York, NY ||978-0-9839432-9-7 ||Business |
|Mark Murphy ||Travel Unscripted ||2012 ||Highpoint Executive Publishing, New York, NY ||978-0-9839432-2-8 ||Travel, Memoir |
|Bill Whitmore ||Potential: Workplace Violence Prevention ||2011 ||Highpoint Executive Publishing, New York, NY ||978-0-9839432-0-4 ||Business |
|Alex Kudera ||Fight for Your Long Day ||2010 ||Atticus Books, Kensington, MD ||978-0-9845105-0-4 ||Fiction |
|Raymond P. L. Comvalius ||Windows 7 for XP Professionals ||2009 ||Books4Brains, Leusden, The Netherlands ||978-90-72389-04-6 ||Computer Software |
|Ziad Y. Khoury ||Frontline Profit Machine ||2009 ||SelectBooks, New York, NY ||978-1-59079-186-8 ||Business (#1 business book bestseller in USA Today) |
|Charlie Lovett ||Sparrow Through the Hall: A Pilgrimage Through British Christianity ||2002 ||Kingham Tree Press ||0-9719774-9-6 ||Travel, Memoir |
|Deborah Shadovitz ||Adobe GoLive 5 Bible ||2001 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-3347-9 ||Computer Software |
|Deke McClelland, Katrin Eismann, and Jennifer Alspach ||Photoshop Studio Secrets, 3rd edition ||2001 ||Hungry Minds, New York, NY ||0-7645-3576-5 ||Digital Photography |
|Mark L. Chambers ||Digital Photography Handbook ||2001 ||Hungry Minds, New York, NY ||0-7645-3517-X ||Digital Photography |
|Scott W. Ambler ||The Object Primer ||2001 ||Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England ||0-521-78519-7 ||Computer Software |
|Ted Alspach and Kelly L. Murdock ||Illustrator 9 Bible ||2001 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-3429-7 ||Computer Software |
|John R. Levine ||Internet Secrets, 2nd Edition ||2000 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-3239-1 ||Computer Software |
|Joseph Lowery ||Dreamweaver 3 Bible ||2000 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-3479-3 ||Computer Software |
|Ken Milburn ||Digital Photography Bible ||2000 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-3394-0 ||Digital Photography |
|Mark L. Chambers and Rob Smith ||Computer Gamer’s Bible ||2000 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-3373-8 ||Games |
|Charles Candler Lovett ||Love, Ruth: A Son’s Memoir ||1999 ||Callanwolde Guild, Atlanta, GA ||0-9672040-4-6 ||Memoir |
|Galen Gruman, John Cruise, and Kelly Kordes Anton ||Adobe InDesign Bible ||1999 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-3243-X ||Computer Software |
|Steve Cummings ||Microsoft Office 2000 Secrets ||1999 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-3262-6 ||Computer Software |
|Brian Underdahl and Edward Willett ||Internet Bible ||1998 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-3216-2 ||Computer Software |
|David Crowder and Rhonda Crowder ||Teach Yourself the Internet ||1998 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-7505-8 ||Computer Software |
|Jennifer Alspach ||Photoshop and Illustrator Synergy Studio Secrets ||1998 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-3134-4 ||Digital Photography |
|Robert Richardson ||Building Your Own High-Tech Small Office ||1998 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-3098-4 ||Computer Software |
|Ted Alspach ||Illustrator 7 Studio Secrets ||1998 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-4026-2 ||Computer Software |
|Jim Trudeau ||Mastering CodeWarrior for Windows 95/NT ||1997 ||Sybex, Alameda, CA ||0-7821-2057-1 ||Computer Software |
|Ted Alspach and Steven Frank ||Official Kai’s Power Tools Studio Secrets ||1996, 1998 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-4002-5 ||Computer Software |
|Peter Jerram ||Novell’s The Web at Work ||1996 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||0-7645-4519-1 ||Computer Software |
|Peter M. Plantec ||Caligari trueSpace2 Bible ||1996 ||IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, CA ||1-56884-841-2 ||Animation |
|Sally Wiener Grotta and Daniel Grotta ||Photo Magic with Adobe PhotoDeluxe ||1996 ||IDG Books, Foster City, CA ||1-56884-883-8 ||Digital Photography |
|Barrie Sosinsky and P.A.M. Borys ||Web Browsing with America Online ||1995 ||Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA ||0-7615-0298-X ||Computer Software |
|Richard F. Baldwin ||Plywood and Veneer-Based Products: Manufacturing Practices ||1995 ||Miller Freeman Books, San Francisco, CA ||0-87930-371-9 ||Timber Industry, Textbook |
|Robin Rowland and Dave Kinnaman ||Researching on the Internet ||1995 ||Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA ||0-7615-0063-4 ||Computer Software |
|Steve Kent ||Wing Commander III: The Ultimate Strategy Guide ||1995 ||Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA ||1-55958-607-9 ||Games |
|The Eddy Group ||Windows 95 A to Z ||1995 ||Prima Pubilshing, Rocklin, CA ||0-7615-0208-4 ||Computer Software |
|Michael Erlewine, ed., with Chris Woodstra and Vladimir Bogdanov ||All Music Guide ||1994 ||Miller Freeman, San Francisco, CA ||0-87930-331-X ||Music |
|Ron Wynn, ed., with Michael Erlewine and Vladimir Bogdanov ||All Music Guide to Jazz ||1994 ||Miller Freeman Books, San Francisco, CA ||0-87930-308-5 ||Music |
|Dan Ehrmann ||Paradox Queries: The Basics ||1993 ||M&T Books, San Mateo, CA ||1-55851-253-5 ||Computer Software |
|Dan Gookin ||DOS For Dummies (the very first For Dummies book!) ||1993 ||IDG Books, San Mateo, CA ||1-878058-75-4 ||Computer Software |
|Phillip Robinson ||Just Enough DOS ||1993 ||M&T Books, New York, New York ||1-55851-308-6 ||Computer Software |
|Michael T. Murray ||The Healing Power of Herbs, 2nd edition ||1992, 1995 ||Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA ||1-5595-8700-8 ||Medicine |
|Paul Webster, Carrie Webster ||WordPerfect for Windows ||1992 ||Peachpit Press, Berkeley, CA ||0-938151-94-0 ||Computer Software |
|John Walkenbach and Phillip Robinson ||PC World 1-2-3 for Windows Complete Handbook ||1991 ||IDG Books, San Mateo, CA ||1-878058-21-5 ||Computer Software |
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