At The Book Shelf, we believe that we’re all here to make the world a better place for others. The way we do that is through books. We work with authors to publish books that make the world a better place and make a real difference in readers’ lives. Our mission is to up-skill authors so they don’t need an editor (yes, we’re trying to do ourselves out of a job!).
If you’d like to find out more about The Book Shelf’s team, you can get to know us a little better here…
The Founder and Lead Editor: Ameesha Smith-Green
Ameesha has been editing books for publishers and indie authors for over a decade. An Eng Lit & Philosophy graduate, Ameesha has a passion for books, a conscientious approach to life, and deep critical-thinking skills. She’ll give you an honest and challenging critique of your book plus comprehensive, practical guidance on how to improve it. From the UK’s largest global tech publisher and first-time self-publishing authors to non-native speakers and New York Times bestsellers, Ameesha has worked on hundreds of books for a wide range of authors. She’ll bring your book to life.
The Layout Designer: Kyle Albuquerque
Kyle has been designing layouts and more for over a decade. Having worked for book publishers and magazines, Kyle is our on-hand layout and formatting expert. He knows good design, whether it’s covers, layout, or graphics. Want your book design to look slick and professional? Kyle is your guy. You can find a selection of his designs here.
The Creative Designer: Black Bear & Bandit
Nick, also known as “Black Bear & Bandit”, has been putting his creative spirit to work since his childhood of hand-drawing comics. These days, he creates digital art, graphic designs, and original illustrations. If you want unique and personalised artwork for your book, cover design, or social media posts, Nick will create something just for you. You can find a selection of his designs here.
The Writer: Shaun Hand, Scritti Creative Copy
Shaun has been writing since he could first hold a typewriter. Returning to education in his early 20s, he graduated with a first in Creative & Professional Writing. He researched, wrote, self-published, and marketed his debut book Pop Art Poems: The Music of The Jam, which has sold hundreds of copies worldwide and been cited as one of the best books ever written on the band. With a keen eye for a sharp phrase, Shaun will make your words sing. You can find out more about his work here.
Susan Williams, Clipboard PA
Susan is a virtual admin assistant and former packaging production coordinator with a background in the creative industries and a borderline geek interest in all things tech. A whizz at organising, getting up to speed quickly with new software and applications (such as databases and Adobe Creative Cloud), and helping to tick off ‘to-do’ lists. Find out more about her services here.
The Editorial Team
Editing and proofreading services are provided by our team of experienced freelance editors and proofreaders. All of our editorial freelancers have been vetted for quality and have industry experience. As all of our freelancers follow our in-house style guide, you can expect consistency and accuracy. Many of our freelancers have a relevant degree, though it’s not a requirement. Passion for books, a willingness to learn, and attention to detail are our requirements. If you’d like to join our team of freelance professionals, get in touch.
Why work with The Book Shelf?
Publishing a book isn’t just about knowing grammar, looking for typos, or creating a cover in Canva—it’s about knowing what readers want and how to deliver that. Our industry experience, both in-house for a book publisher and as freelancers, means that we know how to deliver what readers want.
We help you deliver quality content that’s compelling, clear, and informative—and well-packaged in an attractive design with a professional cover. By the end of the process, you’ll have a book that’s not just publishable, but worth publishing. One that will make a difference.
The Book Shelf LTD. was founded in 2018 by Ameesha Smith-Green. It is a registered company in England and Wales. We’re based in the UK, but we work globally.