The Book Shelf

So you want to write a book?

What we do

If your dream is to be a published author and see your book on a bookshelf (or Kindle!), we’re here to make that dream a reality. At The Book Shelf, we bring nonfiction to life. We help authors like you create life-changing books on their subject matter expertise because we believe that great books make the world a better place. Our experienced book professionals have worked on over 500 books with authors around the globe from first-timers to New York Times bestsellers… and now it’s your time. So, whether you need book coaching, critique, editing, design, proofreading, or marketing—or you want to write a book but don’t know where to start—we can bring your book to life.

  • Coaching

    We help you turn your idea into a book with guidance on planning, structure, audience, and goals. We offer a path through either the publishing or self-publishing process.

  • Critique

    We provide an honest, objective, and informed review of your book, with feedback on everything from the title to the final words and recommendations on how to improve your manuscript. 

  • Editing

    We offer big-picture editing of your content, structure, and message as well as small-picture editing of your wording, language, and grammar to create an awesome overall read.

  • Design

    We create professional templates and bespoke book covers so that your book is eye-catching and smooth, with reader-friendly e-book or print typesetting and design.

  • Proofreading

    We scour your final manuscript with eagle eyes and close attention to detail to eliminate those sneaky typos and pesky errors.

  • Marketing

    We can help you market your book by creating a strategy, website, author bio, blurb, blogs, book trailers, and more.

Book Proposals

If you’d like to land a traditional publishing deal for your nonfiction book, then you need a strong nonfiction book proposal and a compelling query letter. You’ll also need to know what literary agents and publishers are really looking for, where to find them, and how to submit your manuscript. The submission process can seem like a minefield, but we’ll give you the inside view, helping you craft your submission and guiding you through the process of trying to bag a publishing deal.

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Ameesha
Founder

The Book Shelf was born in 2018 but its origin stems much further back. Its founder Ameesha Smith-Green has over 11 years of experience in the book publishing industry, from working in-house at a publishing house to working with independent authors while freelancing around the world. She has worked on over 500 books, so she knows what makes good nonfiction. The Book Shelf team are experienced industry professionals including designers and editors, and they all share a love of books and a passion for making the world better.
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What our clients say

"Embarking on a self-publishing journey is not for the fainthearted. But had it not been for the endless support of Ameesha and The Book Shelf Ltd, it would likely have been so much harder. I was dubious about hiring an editor initially, but a traditionally published friend of mine said that a good editor is worth their weight in gold. He was absolutely right! 

From day one, Ameesha has been an incredible resource. She produced a fantastically detailed editorial assessment, providing more insight than I had expected from the original quote. She has been on hand and happy to answer my many questions, which as a first time author has proven to be invaluable. She has provided me with way more value than I could ever have expected from her fee.

I can't have been the easiest of clients to deal with either, however I have never found the least bit of frustration from her. She is highly professional, approachable and consultative. She always seems to have the best interest of the author in mind, even at the expense of her personal time. She is a wonderful editor who has gone above and beyond throughout this project.

It is this level of professionalism and diligence that makes her future success (and that of her clients) inevitable. Hopefully an editor and friend of mine for a long time to come!"


Jym Brown, author of Amazon bestseller "#Life: The Wisdom of Philosophy, Psychology and Pop-culture for Living a Better Life"

"I got exactly what I was looking for with Ameesha. She gave my nonfiction book 100% and more. She is knowledgeable, genuine, dedicated and passionate. I was really wary of giving someone I didn't know my 'baby', but she instantly understood my book and I felt so lucky to have her on-side.

Ameesha caught my eye when I read her bio: 'We should all strive to make the world a better place for others'. She means it! My book is finally ready for agents and publishers and I couldn't have done it without her. 

After Ameesha did a fantastic job on helping me complete my book, I asked if she could take a look at my book proposal and query letter. Ameesha made it stronger and personalised my query letter for each individual literary agent and the independent publishers I had chosen to send to. For my book proposal, she went to lengths researching things I wouldn’t even have thought to include. Once again thank you for your outstanding work. I would love to work with amazing Ameesha again in the future."


Carly Peacock, upcoming author of "A Pocketful of Porn"

"This collaboration with Ameesha was my first time working with a professional editor. I have to admit I was worried at first. Handing your first manuscript over to a complete stranger is daunting. Ameesha quickly calmed those fears.

I loved working with Ameesha. Working with her felt like a real partnership. She took a vested interest in my book and provided edits, feedback, and novel insights that made my draft so much better. I was amazed at how well she seemed to be able to balance both the details and the big-picture elements of my manuscript.

Ameesha goes above and beyond the call of duty. She is very personable yet also very professional. Ameesha is honest, hard-working, flexible, and thorough. Working with her is a real joy. I look forward to working with her on my next project."


Stacy Moroz, author of "Persistence is Futile: How Taking a Break Can Move You Forward"
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