Dan Letchworth

Good at: copy editing, writing

Bad at: web design


Phoenix Dawn

Sci-fi adventure with over 50 illustrations

Available in paperback and Kindle

Survival Mode

Themed young adult nature guide

Available as a free PDF download here

Telegraph Canyon

Twelve stories in both realism and fantasy

Available in paperback

Magazine Writing


Copy Editing/

The Hunger Games (2008),
Suzanne Collins

Animorphs series (2011–2012),
K. A. Applegate

Goosebumps series (2010–),
R. L. Stine

Fact Checking

Superstars of Science (2015),
R. G. Grant

The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy (2011), Pat Murphy

Amazing Landmarks (2021), Rekha Rajan

Product Development

LEGO Chain Reactions (2015),
Pat Murphy

Straw Shooter Jets (2014),
Klutz Labs

Air Power: Rocket Science Made Simple (2014), Klutz Labs

About Me

Dan Letchworth (right) is a publishing professional with twelve years’ experience, most recently as the copy chief of San Diego Magazine and its custom client publications.

He has copy edited hundreds of books for young readers for Scholastic, Hachette Book Group, and Penguin Random House, and created science and activity book projects for Klutz Press in Palo Alto and New York. He holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University.

His theater review blog, Everyone’s a Critic, was nominated for the 2019 National City & Regional Magazine Award for Best Online Column.

He self-publishes and does freelance editing under the business name Desert Owl Press, and doesn’t usually refer to himself in the third person, but finds self-promotion exceedingly uncomfortable.