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Leila Dewji

Leila Dewji - Editor

London, UK

Experienced editor. Trained at Orion. Specialises in commercial genre fiction and memoirs. Loves working with indie authors.

Overview

I have worked in publishing since graduating from reading English Literature at Oxford in 2004. I trained at the commercial fiction department of Orion (Hachette) before moving to a literary agency, where I enjoyed working directly with so many different types of authors.

For the last 6 years I have worked with self-publishing authors who want their work to compete editorially with that produced by the larger publishing houses. I offer everything from structural and developmental help to copyediting and proofreading. I mainly work on fairly commercial genre fiction and naraitve non-fiction (often memoirs/biographies).

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Certifications

  • Publishing Training Centre - Copy-editing qualification
  • Publishing Training Centre - Proofreading qualification
  • MA English Literature - Oxford University

Awards

  • Women in Publishing Diversity Award

Work experience

Editorial Director

I_AM Self-Publishing

December, 2010 – Present (about 6 years)

I set up I_AM Self-Publishing with my brother because I had become frustrated at how hard it was to pitch fantastic debut manuscripts to trade publishers. I wanted to provide authors with top quality self-publishing services, so that their indie books could compete with traditionally published titles. I manage the editorial team at I_AM Self-Publishing and also offer structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading.

Literary Agent/Assistant

Sheil Land Associates

September, 2007 – November, 2010 (about 3 years)

Working directly with authors to develop and edit their manuscripts, ready for submission to publishers. Reading through the slush pile and talent-spotting.

Editorial Assistant

Orion Book Group

January, 2005 – January, 2007 (about 2 years)

Editorial assistance to a very busy commercial fiction team. Big launches whilst I was there included Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben, Kate Mosse etc. I was given full copy-editing and proofreading training and taught how to write attention-grabbing blurb.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett

Jan Birley

Rosy loved her London life – her job in a designer shop, her gorgeous West London family house and of course her gorgeous family (although young sons are enough to test anyone at times). All that disappears when, one unremarkable morning, after one unremarkable school run, her husband collapses on a crowded tube carriage and dies. As she struggles her way through the grief, she discovers her h... read more

Rosy loved her London life – her job in a designer shop, her gorgeous West London family house and of course her gorgeous family (although young sons are enough to test anyone at times). All that disappears when, one unremarkable morning, after one unremarkable school run, her husband collapses on a crowded tube carriage and dies. As she struggles her way through the grief, she discovers her h... read more

The Dragon's Blade: The Reborn King

Michael R. Miller

Dragons once soared in the skies, but that was before the Transformation, before they took human form. Now, demonic forces stand to obliterate them. When left mortally wounded, Darnuir, the Prince of Dragons, can only be saved through a dangerous rebirthing spell. He is left as a babe in human hands. Twenty years later, Darnuir is of age to wield the Dragon's Blade. As the last member of his b... read more

Dragons once soared in the skies, but that was before the Transformation, before they took human form. Now, demonic forces stand to obliterate them. When left mortally wounded, Darnuir, the Prince of Dragons, can only be saved through a dangerous rebirthing spell. He is left as a babe in human hands. Twenty years later, Darnuir is of age to wield the Dragon's Blade. As the last member of his b... read more

Mordant (The Power of Nine Trilogy)

R. M. Dorn

Darric, a merciless warlord on the planet Vard, has finally defeated his enemies, although the lengthy war has all but destroyed his own planet. He must rebuild and train an army strong enough to invade Earth before his own planet becomes completely barren. It will take decades of hard work to prepare, but if he can get his hands on ancient relics that can magnify his deadly power, he will be ... read more

Darric, a merciless warlord on the planet Vard, has finally defeated his enemies, although the lengthy war has all but destroyed his own planet. He must rebuild and train an army strong enough to invade Earth before his own planet becomes completely barren. It will take decades of hard work to prepare, but if he can get his hands on ancient relics that can magnify his deadly power, he will be ... read more

On Charlotte's Shoulders

Julie Monahan

In a dank Dublin tenement in 1942, Julie meets a stranger – her father. Like her severely ill sisters, her father is on the periphery of her early family life, whereas her ma is her bedrock – a feisty hard-working woman who singlehandedly struggles to put food on the table and shoes on the feet of her large family, and does not suff er fools gladly. Young Julie plays happily in the street with... read more

In a dank Dublin tenement in 1942, Julie meets a stranger – her father. Like her severely ill sisters, her father is on the periphery of her early family life, whereas her ma is her bedrock – a feisty hard-working woman who singlehandedly struggles to put food on the table and shoes on the feet of her large family, and does not suff er fools gladly. Young Julie plays happily in the street with... read more

A Swarming of Bees

Theresa Tomlinson

Winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award “A herbwife on a mule may go where warriors cannot – she may see what warriors cannot see and hear what warriors cannot hear!” The Monastery at Whitby is ruled over by the powerful and independent Abbess Hild. But when she needs someone to confide in, she turns to the honest warmth of her friend Fridgyth, the half-pagan herb-wife. A divisive and life-alte... read more

Winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award “A herbwife on a mule may go where warriors cannot – she may see what warriors cannot see and hear what warriors cannot hear!” The Monastery at Whitby is ruled over by the powerful and independent Abbess Hild. But when she needs someone to confide in, she turns to the honest warmth of her friend Fridgyth, the half-pagan herb-wife. A divisive and life-alte... read more

The Tribute Bride

Theresa Tomlinson

A flood ruins King Alle’s kingdom. His crops are destroyed and he does not have the necessary grain to pay his yearly tribute to neighbouring war-lord, Aethelfrid. Instead he offers him his daughter, Acha, who, aged 16, must become a peace-weaver bride to the most brutal and feared warrior in the land. But will she be accepted? Can she produce an heir? What will happen to the lines of inherita... read more

A flood ruins King Alle’s kingdom. His crops are destroyed and he does not have the necessary grain to pay his yearly tribute to neighbouring war-lord, Aethelfrid. Instead he offers him his daughter, Acha, who, aged 16, must become a peace-weaver bride to the most brutal and feared warrior in the land. But will she be accepted? Can she produce an heir? What will happen to the lines of inherita... read more

Stars: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Small, Precious Victories

Antony Lishak

Warsaw, September 1939. For twelve-year-old best friends, Stefan and Marcus, the zoo is their playground. Stefan lives with his family at the zoo and has grown up with the animals and their keepers. But Marcus is Jewish, and when Nazi troops invade Warsaw their world is torn apart. Against all odds and at enormous risk, their fathers devise a wild scheme to protect Marcus’s family and other Je... read more

Warsaw, September 1939. For twelve-year-old best friends, Stefan and Marcus, the zoo is their playground. Stefan lives with his family at the zoo and has grown up with the animals and their keepers. But Marcus is Jewish, and when Nazi troops invade Warsaw their world is torn apart. Against all odds and at enormous risk, their fathers devise a wild scheme to protect Marcus’s family and other Je... read more

The Jolly Coroner: A Picaresque Novel

Quentin Canterel

"The story is part David Lynch, part comedy of errors, and readers will never quite know what will happen next. The scenes are loaded with surprises...A highly creative, if meandering, adventure." Kirkus Evil wakes while the people sleep. Amongst the strip malls, concrete blocks and empty parking lots of the Southern town of Hokum, the American dream lies broken. A helpless immigrant the state... read more

"The story is part David Lynch, part comedy of errors, and readers will never quite know what will happen next. The scenes are loaded with surprises...A highly creative, if meandering, adventure." Kirkus Evil wakes while the people sleep. Amongst the strip malls, concrete blocks and empty parking lots of the Southern town of Hokum, the American dream lies broken. A helpless immigrant the state... read more

How To Be Averagely Successful at Comedy

Dave Cohen

"Utterly indispensible guide for anyone wanting to make a living at comedy, and very funny too." British Comedy Guide "Dave writes about comedy more concisely and in more depth than I ever could. For this reason alone I dislike him intensely." Omid Djalili Comedian, Perrier nominee in a previous century, founder member of the Comedy Store Players: in the 1980s Dave Cohen was Britain's Most Ave... read more

"Utterly indispensible guide for anyone wanting to make a living at comedy, and very funny too." British Comedy Guide "Dave writes about comedy more concisely and in more depth than I ever could. For this reason alone I dislike him intensely." Omid Djalili Comedian, Perrier nominee in a previous century, founder member of the Comedy Store Players: in the 1980s Dave Cohen was Britain's Most Ave... read more

The Heart of a King

JJ Malone

Ever wondered what the Royal Family get up to behind closed doors? When Evie, single mother of two, meets Prince Benedict at the hospice where she volunteers, she dismisses the instant spark of attraction between them. But when he invites her to Kelmswood, there is no doubting what the prince desires; and he is used to getting whatever he wants. Evie is only too happy to submit. As the lovers ... read more

Ever wondered what the Royal Family get up to behind closed doors? When Evie, single mother of two, meets Prince Benedict at the hospice where she volunteers, she dismisses the instant spark of attraction between them. But when he invites her to Kelmswood, there is no doubting what the prince desires; and he is used to getting whatever he wants. Evie is only too happy to submit. As the lovers ... read more

Sex, Drugs & Opera: There's Life After Rock 'n' Roll

Roland Orzabal

Solomon Capri is a semi-retired pop star who appears to be settling contentedly into middle-age. With his gorgeous, successful wife, Jenny, his country pile, and gold discs hanging in his plush bathroom, he seems to have it all. But all is not well between Jenny and Solomon; as her business continues to grow, her affection for her husband begins to diminish, and soon divorce is on the cards. T... read more

Solomon Capri is a semi-retired pop star who appears to be settling contentedly into middle-age. With his gorgeous, successful wife, Jenny, his country pile, and gold discs hanging in his plush bathroom, he seems to have it all. But all is not well between Jenny and Solomon; as her business continues to grow, her affection for her husband begins to diminish, and soon divorce is on the cards. T... read more

Dear Charlie

Reg Thompson

‘The writing is incredibly raw and…pulls no punches…What it does do is remind us that life is brief and to be valued, which is no small thing.’ The Observer ‘Extra-ordinarily beautiful book on love and loss.’ -The Bookseller ‘…utterly compelling in its intimacy and honesty.’ Daily Mail On 3rd December 2005, 13 year old Charlotte Thompson and her school friend were killed by a train at Elsenham... read more

‘The writing is incredibly raw and…pulls no punches…What it does do is remind us that life is brief and to be valued, which is no small thing.’ The Observer ‘Extra-ordinarily beautiful book on love and loss.’ -The Bookseller ‘…utterly compelling in its intimacy and honesty.’ Daily Mail On 3rd December 2005, 13 year old Charlotte Thompson and her school friend were killed by a train at Elsenham... read more

Midge Ure: If I Was - An Enhanced Updated Autobiography

Midge Ure

‘If you wrote my life story as a film-script or soap opera no one would believe it, and as the most amazing things continue to happen to me I have decided to share all these moments in an updated enhanced version of my book.’ Midge Ure is one of the most successful and innovative musicians of a generation. This updated and candid biography covers more than four decades’ worth of life at the cu... read more

‘If you wrote my life story as a film-script or soap opera no one would believe it, and as the most amazing things continue to happen to me I have decided to share all these moments in an updated enhanced version of my book.’ Midge Ure is one of the most successful and innovative musicians of a generation. This updated and candid biography covers more than four decades’ worth of life at the cu... read more

Cavalier Chronicles: Tales from Rufus on his journey to "The big One"

LJB Fraser

Indulge in the world of Rufus, follow his stories and fall in love with the cutest of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Hello, my name is Rufus. I live a lovely life with Mistress and The One With The Beard. I am a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, living in Edinburgh, with a special talent for being cute and training my Mistress. I know what you’re thinking, training humans can be a thankless task... read more

Indulge in the world of Rufus, follow his stories and fall in love with the cutest of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Hello, my name is Rufus. I live a lovely life with Mistress and The One With The Beard. I am a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, living in Edinburgh, with a special talent for being cute and training my Mistress. I know what you’re thinking, training humans can be a thankless task... read more

No Regrets

Bernard O'Keeffe

What would happen if you spent a year accepting every invitation that came your way? Rick is about to find out... He’s had a bad year. Sarah, his wife of nearly twenty five years, has walked out on him to move in with Colin. Perhaps they simply grew apart, perhaps the magic was no longer there, or perhaps, as his friend Jerry suggests, Rick has become boring. This nagging thought, together wit... read more

What would happen if you spent a year accepting every invitation that came your way? Rick is about to find out... He’s had a bad year. Sarah, his wife of nearly twenty five years, has walked out on him to move in with Colin. Perhaps they simply grew apart, perhaps the magic was no longer there, or perhaps, as his friend Jerry suggests, Rick has become boring. This nagging thought, together wit... read more

Salmek's Crystal

Maria Grima

One ten-year-old girl, armed with only a crystal, against all the followers ofThe Dark Serpent. The future of the planet is at stake.On a balmy summer’s evening Salmek took her dog, Chewy, out for his usual walk. But there was nothing usual about what she saw – a meeting of the followers of The Dark Serpent. Suddenly aware of the darkness and dangers in her friendly community, Salmek doesn’t q... read more

One ten-year-old girl, armed with only a crystal, against all the followers ofThe Dark Serpent. The future of the planet is at stake.On a balmy summer’s evening Salmek took her dog, Chewy, out for his usual walk. But there was nothing usual about what she saw – a meeting of the followers of The Dark Serpent. Suddenly aware of the darkness and dangers in her friendly community, Salmek doesn’t q... read more

On That Day I Left My Boyhood Behind

Norman Woodcock, Susan Burnett

1914. At 17, Norman Woodcock is called up and leaves the warmth and comfort of the family bakery in Leeds with little more than the uniform on his back. 1919. He returns having witnessed unspeakable horrors, survived stormy seas, blistering deserts and days of shell fire. Often, his only solace was his horse – Timbuc. Like most men who returned, he was reluctant to talk about the war. It was n... read more

1914. At 17, Norman Woodcock is called up and leaves the warmth and comfort of the family bakery in Leeds with little more than the uniform on his back. 1919. He returns having witnessed unspeakable horrors, survived stormy seas, blistering deserts and days of shell fire. Often, his only solace was his horse – Timbuc. Like most men who returned, he was reluctant to talk about the war. It was n... read more

Written in the Stars

Richard Stokoe

From the moment I first picked up a Subbuteo player I was in trouble. My happiness had become dangerously dependent on football results, and I was only 5-years old. I soon learned that football isn't an entertainment in the true sense of the word. Whilst I can enjoy the experience of watching a lower league team in a creaking stadium on a wet and windy Tuesday evening, or televised games betwe... read more

From the moment I first picked up a Subbuteo player I was in trouble. My happiness had become dangerously dependent on football results, and I was only 5-years old. I soon learned that football isn't an entertainment in the true sense of the word. Whilst I can enjoy the experience of watching a lower league team in a creaking stadium on a wet and windy Tuesday evening, or televised games betwe... read more

Act of Vengeance

Michael Jecks

"An instant classic British spy novel - mature, thoughtful, and intelligent." –Lee Child When the Cold War ended, Jack Case was one spy too many. Cut adrift and superfluous in a changing world, he was discarded by British Intelligence. Then, after 9/11, rapid recruitment brought in a rash of new, talented young men and women. They were trained and put into the field swiftly - often too swiftly... read more

"An instant classic British spy novel - mature, thoughtful, and intelligent." –Lee Child When the Cold War ended, Jack Case was one spy too many. Cut adrift and superfluous in a changing world, he was discarded by British Intelligence. Then, after 9/11, rapid recruitment brought in a rash of new, talented young men and women. They were trained and put into the field swiftly - often too swiftly... read more

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