The Book Shelf LTD. was founded in 2018 by nonfiction book editor Ameesha Green. Book editing and critique services are provided by Ameesha. Proofreading and design services are provided by accomplished and fully vetted freelancers. The Book Shelf LTD. is a registered company in England.
Ameesha Green is a freelance publishing professional who has been editing books for publishers and authors for more than a decade. With a degree in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, books are her passion. Ameesha believes that books are unique in their ability to change the world, even long after their author has gone.
Ameesha provides editorial services to nonfiction book authors. From the UK’s largest global ICT/Tech publisher to 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—helping them bring their book to live. Her main genres are self-improvement/self-help, philosophy, business, and leadership/management. In short, books that help the reader improve their lives and make the world a better place.
Get to know your editor
Before hiring an editor, you want to know a bit about them, so in this interview, you can find out more about Ameesha…
Why should an author choose you?
Editing a book isn’t just about knowing grammar conventions—it’s about knowing what a reader wants. My industry experience, both in-house at a book publisher and as a freelancer, means I know how to deliver what readers want: quality content that’s well-structured, compelling, clear, and informative.
My philosophical approach and mindset translates to deep, critical thinking. So if you choose me as your editor, what you’ll get is a constructive and challenging critique of your book, honest feedback on the quality of your book, and comprehensive, practical guidance and suggestions on how to improve it. By the end of the editorial process, you’ll have a book that’s not just publishable, but worth publishing.
Did you always want to be a book editor?
Although I might not have known what a book editor was when I was little, I was always a bookworm, reading Lord of the Rings at 8 years old, and spending more time with my head in a book than playing outside with the other kids. At school and college, I corrected and proofread my friend’s essays—with a natural eye for errors wherever I went. At university, I studied English Literature & Philosophy, because I knew I wanted to work with books, and spent most of my time in the library.
How did you become a book editor?
My path to becoming an editor was a little meandering. There were no publishers where I lived, so after graduating, I spent several years working for the fire service in jobs that ranged from HR to staffing, stats to employment law. On evenings and weekends, I freelanced as a proofreader, and got my first book editing project through word of mouth. A few books later, I gained a job at Birmingham’s only publisher, Packt Publishing. Freelancing in my spare time was tiring, but worth it.
What was your first book?
My first ever book edit was a mammoth job—ensuring that the book’s 12 different authors (a group of medical students) sounded consistent, meeting the publisher’s complex style guide, and seeking reviewers. And all while working in a full-time job as well. The book was a great success, both for the authors and myself, so much so that I recently edited the second edition.
What was it like working for a publisher?
Working in-house for a publisher was the dream job. It was 50% proofreading and editing books and 50% helping non-native technical editors improve their English skills. It was so rewarding watching the other editors improve and gain promotions. The publishing industry was so exciting to work in—I proofread around 400 books in two years, in a fast-paced environment where book chatter was constant and my colleagues were fellow bookworms.
Why did you become a freelance editor?
Although I loved working in-house, I quit my dream job to travel the world for a year with my husband. With just 20 items of clothing and my laptop in a 30L rucksack, I freelanced on the road—in the camper van, on beaches, beside swimming pools, in bars, and in laundromats. We saw incredible sights every day—from Vanuatu to Japan. When we came home, I was offered a full-time job in-house, but it felt like I was missing an opportunity. I talked to loved ones and they all agreed that I should continue freelancing. One of my friends said “If you don’t have to work for the man, then don’t.”
Was it difficult to become a full-time freelancer?
The first six months were a struggle, with an unreliable income and irregular work, plus seeing the same four walls every day. But after the initial hard slog, I gained regular clients and soon became fully booked with new projects. I came to love my homeworking environment, with my cat asleep on my lap as I work. I love being my own boss, managing my own time and working towards my own goals. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
What are your favourite types of books to edit?
As a conscientious individual who believes that we should all strive to make the world a better place for others, my favourite books to edit are those that make the world a better place or help the reader improve their lives. That’s why I mostly work on self-improvement, business, leadership, and philosophy books.
What’s your favourite book?
Although I’m a nonfiction editor, I love reading fiction too. My favourite book is Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind, because it’s creates such a magical and nostalgic feel, with a really compelling plot.