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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Book Cover Templates

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What our clients say

"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Ameesha. Since it is my first book (and English not being my first language), I felt there was not enough clarity expressed in the learning lessons I shared and the book lacked the smooth and natural flow. Ameesha has helped me organise and create a better flow of my book. Her comments and suggestions always challenged but also expanded my thinking and awareness, helping me to look at the big picture. You can’t see the picture if you are the one in the frame, right? So, she was there for me to see it.

My book also lacked calls to action and practical recommendations of how to use psychological principles I was talking about, so Ameesha drew my attention to the missing parts. With her help, I added about 12 extra pages.

I love the final version and looking forward to releasing it to the world and helping many women gain self-confidence and belief in their potential and their capacity to create and enjoy the life they dream about in personal and professional areas. Thank you Ameesha! I am grateful for your help!"


Anna Simpson, author of "Create the Life You Dream About: Discover Your Inner Power to Change Your Life"

"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"

"Ameesha is the best! She helped me as a structural editor on my animation book. What led me to choose her was her response to my request as she went into extreme detail as how she was going to help make my book the best it can be. She understood my target audience and knew how to structure my book to better reach them. 

Ameesha will ask the tough questions and will hit you with the truth. Her willingness be blunt will only help improve your book in the long run. She was very responsive and flexible throughout the whole process and also answered my questions in a timely fashion. 

I was hesitant spending money for this at first, but after going through the process with Ameesha, it was well worth it. She has helped make my book far better than what I could have done on my own. I’d definitely recommend Ameesha for any project that you may have."


Eric Bravo, author of "How to Get an Animation Internship: A Guide That Helps You Apply, Interview, and Get Your Foot into Show Business"
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