As an editor, researcher and writer I have provided support to many academic authors. I also wrote or co-wrote four college texts on theater for Longman. Though my own Ph.D. (from the University of Rochester, NY) is in English literature and drama, I understand the standards of research, writing and citation required for academic publication in the arts, humanities and social sciences. I’ve provided developmental editing and last-minute research and writing for a number of literature anthologies, including the Harper Anthology of American Literature and The Longman Anthology of Drama and Theater: A Global Perspective, coaching and some shadow writing for Ph.D. candidates, and developmental services to university professors in several fields. Here are some of their testimonials.
I have worked with Anne Marie Welsh for over fifteen years, experiencing her agility and insight as an editor along with her prodigious intellect that quickly grasps any subject and finds that magic fulcrum on which the whole thing rests. As a developmental editor of college textbooks, I turned to Anne Marie several times to supply scholarly expertise and writing when the authors were unable to do the work themselves. Most notably, she took over the editorial development of a world drama anthology that was more than two thousand pages in length and in need of a great deal of trimming and shaping, and shepherded the whole project into publication over a period of two years. I find her a delight to work with—tirelessly supportive, compassionate and clear thinking.
Marlane Miriello, Author and editor
Anne Marie Welsh has been instrumental in jump-starting a stalled PhD thesis I began (in French) many years ago. Her shrewd sense of logic and structure, supported by an ability to make connections within the complex subject matter of International Business, proved vital to reconceiving—and therefore, completing—my dissertation. Her insights into the need for greater organizational coherence, a clearer argument and more polished style injected much needed direction into this project after I spent years slogging through academic research that led nowhere. Her ability to focus in on the essential meaning of a sentence and/or concept must be rooted in her career as a journalist writing well and accurately on deadline.
I unequivocally recommend Anne Marie to any writer requiring expert editing, sympathetic coaching and rapid results. Her innate intelligence and intuition, allied with an extraordinary set of skills, make her an invaluable resource for any written project.
Nicholas P. Gurney
Small Business Consulting Program
Department of Business Administration,
Sonoma State University
I have known and worked closely with Dr. Welsh since 1997 when she was hired by Addison-Wesley-Longman as an outside consulting editor on an anthology of 61 international plays, which was ultimately published in 2000 as The Longman Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Theater: A Global Perspective. I was the lead author on the project and I—and my two colleagues—found her insights into both the material and our treatment of it invaluable. When we compiled a subsequent anthology (The Longman Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Drama, 2003), we asked her to be a contributing author. Her treatment of many postmodern and feminist plays was outstanding and strengthened that book considerably.
We worked together on yet another text, Shakespeare: Script, Stage, Screen (2006) with glosses by textual scholar David Bevington (U. Chicago). Anne Marie served as lead author on that text. She is a writer and editor of the first order.
Michael L. Greenwald, Ph.D.
Professor of Theatre and English
Director: International Studies Degree Program
Texas A&M University