Need help with editing, manuscript development, book design, or print production? Please contact Michael Dylan Welch at
WelchM@aol.com to discuss your project, large or small.

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 attention to detail and timely delivery. With my editorial services company, EDITORA, I provide the  tailored 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 helped to write and edit the Get Started app for Windows 10, Instant Answers for Bing, documentation for Microsoft mouse and keyboard products (including the arc mouse), and script development and editing for all characters in the Microsoft Forza Horizon 4 open-world Xbox car-racing game (see video trailer, commercial, and IMDb page). Ive also edited content for a complete help center overhaul for the Minecraft computer game. I also won an Award of Excellence from the Society for Technical Communication for the Amazon Elastic MapReduce Getting Started Guide. I’ve edited hundreds of trade books for various leading publishers over the years, 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 63,159 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. I also have an MA in English, and have produced, managed, written, and edited content for Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing, and other clients.

Selected Books
See below for a list of selected books I’ve edited. This list 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. 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. However, four poetry books that I’m particularly proud to have worked on are Fire in the Treetops, a poetry anthology I edited and designed for Haiku North America, celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary; 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 twentieth 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.

Contact Me
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 hundreds of 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.


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Sonny Brandtner Ants, Elephants, and Dancing Giraffes: Lessons Learned on the Road to a Prosperous Life 2017 Highpoint Life, New York, New York 978-0-9974157-7-3 Business 
Mike Goldman Performance Breakthrough 2015 Highpoint Executive Publishing, New York, New York 978-0-9891054-7-7 Business 
Paul David Walker Invent Your Future 2015 Highpoint Executive Publishing, New York, New York 978-0-9861585-1-3 Business 
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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