Dan Letchworth

Good at: copy editing, writing

Bad at: web design


We Flew Out and Walked Back

World War II memoir in letters

Available in paperback and Kindle

Survival Mode

Themed young adult nature guide

Available as a free PDF download here

Telegraph Canyon

Twelve stories in realism and fantasy

Available in paperback and Kindle

Phoenix Dawn

Illustrated serial sci-fi adventure novel

Available in paperback and Kindle

Magazine Writing


Copy Editing/

The Hunger Games (2008),
Suzanne Collins

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

Goosebumps series (2010–2021),
R. L. Stine

Fact Checking

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

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

Amazing Landmarks (2022), 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 fourteen years’ experience, who currently works in corporate communications for Illumina in San Diego.

Previously he was the copy chief of San Diego Magazine and its custom client publications, and a developer of activity books and science projects at Klutz in Palo Alto.

As a freelancer, he has copy edited hundreds of books for young readers for Scholastic, Hachette Book Group, and Penguin Random House. 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, and his fun facts column, Dansplaining, won the 2020 San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Award for Light Subject Magazine Column.

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