Editing & Proofreading Services

Editing and proofreading are vital parts of the self-publishing process. An editor will not only stop your work being ruined by silly mistakes or beginner’s errors (which reviewers are sure to spot), but will teach you how to become a better writer and make sure your book lives up to its potential.

Our eagle-eyed editorial director, Leila Dewji, who heads up the proofreading and editing services team, has a Masters in English Literature from Oxford University and has worked with authors both at the editorial departments of big publishers and a literary agency. She is passionate about helping authors to improve and develop their writing, and understands the importance of exceptional editing and proofreading.

As an indie author, I’ve worked with Leila Dewji (I_AM Self-Publishing’s Editorial Director) on the editorial aspects of my series. Her creative insights on both the big-picture structural elements and the minutiae of prose and grammar have proven invaluable. She always tells me what I need to know and on the rare occasion I may have challenged back, I’ve usually ended up accepting she was right all along! Each time, she certainly helped take my manuscript to another level.”  Steven Hayward

Leila and her experienced editorial team will get your manuscript to the highest standard with a range of copy-editing, structural editing and proofreading services – helping you to develop your writing skills along the way. The professional perspective, advice and support of an editor who has worked on many successful books really helps, as it is very hard for authors to view their work objectively. A fresh pair of editorial eyes can make the difference between an average book and a great one.

When it comes to proofreading or editing, different authors require help in different areas. If you have written fiction, your editor will help you with your storytelling, dialogue, characterisation and flow. If you have written non-fiction, your editor will focus on the structure, clear delivery of information and fact-checking.

By investing in editing and proofreading services, you will ensure that your work is in the strongest position to compete with other books in the charts.

Not sure which editorial service you need?

Structural and copy-editing is ideal for authors who are serious about improving their work and learning how to become a better writer. Proofreading is perfect for authors who want to have a professional pair of eyes comprehensively check through their manuscript before publication.

In addition to these editorial and proofreading services, our editorial team can provide developmental edits for authors who need a bit of help shaping their manuscript and critiques. They can even mentor authors through the process of turning a rough idea into a full-scale book. Not sure what you need? Give our editorial team a call to talk about all our editorial services…


  • Storytelling
  • Writing technique and style
  • Plot structure
  • Pace
  • Narrative flow
  • Characterisation
  • Use of dialogue
  • Consistency of story and characters
  • Factual accuracy
  • Sentence structure and phrasing
  • Vocabulary


  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Fact checking
  • Contradictions in text
  • Formatting
  • Consistency of style choice