At The Book Shelf LTD, we specialise in non-fiction books and offer a range of editorial services, including:

  • Editorial assessment or critique
  • Content, developmental, or structural editing
  • Copy editing
  • Proofreading
  • Book proposal critique
  • Blurb or book description critique

Editorial assessment:

A comprehensive, in-depth critique of all aspects of your book from a potential reader’s perspective. Includes a detailed editorial report with recommendations to improve the book and honest, constructive feedback. This type of editing does not include making any actual changes to the document. This is often the first stage in the editorial process and is ideal if you are at the first draft stage.

Content edit:

A hands-on edit that considers the bigger picture of your book i.e. the content. This includes structure, organisation, content, presentation, flow, length, clarity, and ideas. Identifies any gaps in content, contradictions, inconsistencies, problem areas, and readability issues. Checks whether the book delivers on its promise, meets its aim, and matches your ideal audience (meeting their needs and speaking in the right tone). Includes comments in the manuscript and a comprehensive editorial report. Content editing is usually done before copy editing.

Copy edit:

A hands-on edit of the language and wording of the book to ensure correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalisation, and so on. This includes improving the quality of your writing and vocabulary, removing wordiness, ensuring a consistent tone throughout, and avoiding repetition and redundancy. Copy editing does not include substantial re-writing. There are different levels of copy editing (light, medium, and heavy) depending on what is required. Copy editing is usually done before proofreading.


The final check before the book goes to print, when it is in its final format. Ensures there are no errors or typos in the book. This includes spelling, punctuation, and grammar, but also formatting and styles. Proofreading doesn’t include making substantial revisions or re-writing. Proofreading is the final stage of the editing process.

Book proposal critique:

A critique of your book proposal to submit to publishers. Includes an editorial report with potential improvements and recommendations. Checked against the publisher’s requirements for submissions.

Blurb or book description critique:

A critique of your back cover blurb or description (such as for a personal website or Amazon). Includes comments on the description and can also include a hands-on edit of wording.


The following services are also available upon request:
• Compiling an automatic table of contents in Microsoft Word.
• Editing your author bio.
• Rewriting or ghostwriting.

Special requests can be considered, such as:

• Conforming to a style guide or guidelines if provided.
• Ensuring consistency of tone across multiple authors.
• Editing to American or British spelling and grammar.

If you’re not sure which type of editing you need, please contact us.



The cost of editorial services depends on the word count and requirements of each individual book. Every author and every book is different, and there is no “one size fits all” approach here. To get an accurate quote for your book, please contact us with more information about your book and your requirements.