About the Team at The Book Refinery

Our mission is to help all aspiring authors get their book 'out of their heads and into print' by offering a bespoke service, be it coaching or production.

Alexa and her team have worked on hundreds of books, from business 'how to', to fiction and children's publications. Now, let’s get your book out of your head and into print.


Alexa Whitten Book Coach, Book Editor, Proof Reader, Book Covers UK Alexa—Book coach, typesetter extraordinaire, cover designer & Publisher

There really is no better feeling than holding your finished book in your hands.

I’m Alexa Whitten and I work with ambitious driven people who want to become authors. Helping people on this journey is an honour and when I get feedback such as “you’ve made my dream come true”  –  well, that is what my purpose is.

My coaching story started over ten years ago when I found myself coaching a great friend to get his book finally finished.

I truly believe everyone has a book inside of them, and if I can help people realise their dream, no matter what form of book that takes, then I’m happy.

I also run Compass-publishing, my sister company which helps said writers publish their work.

If I’m not at my desk designing books, you’ll find me outdoors climbing mountains or drinking coffee in my local coffee shop in the port city of Portsmouth, UK.


Danielle — Editor and Proof Reader

Danielle WrateI am a London based editor and decided to set the company up after being disappointed by the quality of some self-published books I’d read. I felt sad for the writers too. Although their books were obviously interesting and well thought out (otherwise I wouldn’t have bought them in the first place), they were let down by their lack of readability.

My aim is therefore simple; to make sure that your book is the very best it can be, and not to leave your readers feeling disappointed.

I wanted to become a professional writer as soon as I learned how to put pen to paper and create sentences. After graduating from Lancaster University with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, I completed an intensive postgraduate course in journalism.

My first job was Junior Reporter with the Hackney Gazette in East London. I later settled in Crystal Palace, south-east London, and in the decade since then, I have focused on writing and editing features, mainly on a freelance basis, for a variety of national newspapers and magazines, including: The Guardian, the Daily Mirror, Prima, Best, Woman, Chat and Chat it’s fate.

I write in a variety of different styles and on many different subjects, including world news, travel, crime, health, spirituality and relationships. I also have experience in creative writing and write fiction in my spare time.

Alexa Tewkesbury — Copy Editor and Proof Reader

Alexa Tewkesbury Copy Editor and Proofreader for Children's Books

A Professional Member of The Society for Editors and Proofreaders and qualified in ‘Basic Proofreading’ through The Publishing Training Centre, I am a copy editor and proof reader for children's books predominantly, but have been lucky enough to work with many genres, with many years’ experience in providing a highly recommended editorial service to a variety of clients. I am also the author of numerous children’s books. My first, It’s A Boy! (co-written with Steve Legg), won the 2006 UK Christian Book Awards in the children’s category, and in 2016, a film for which I wrote the screenplay, My Month With Mrs Potter from MonkeyDribble Films, won the Driver Award for Best Feature at the Coventry International Film Festival.

I undertake a range of editorial projects, both fiction and non-fiction, and, as a children’s author myself, editing books for children has become a speciality. I appreciate the importance of clearly written text and polished presentation, and I care about the quality of your words as much as you do. My aim is always to help you achieve a professional finish to your writing.

For the past thirteen years or so, I’ve been privileged to work direct with self-publishing authors, as well as with both independent and traditional publishing houses. It’s an absolute pleasure to be part of Alexa Whitten’s editorial team.

Lisa — Typesetter and Book Cover Designer

Lisa BlannLisa offers over fifteen years of experience designing, illustrating and art working for top-tier marketing, communications and design agencies, as well as many individuals and start-ups; She has excellent project-management skills, and a great eye for detail. This has given her an established background where she can apply her knowledge to new assignments, whatever the industry sector.

Her creative design and artwork background is varied and diverse, and has covered many areas including medical marketing, book cover design, children’s product design, magazine art direction, marketing and PR.

She prides herself on the fact that she always delivers projects, however diverse, to an extremely high standard, and has a high volume of repeat work and endorsements due to this. She carefully considers each and every project to make sure she produces agency standard results with a personal touch.

Based on the South Coast of England, near Brighton, Lisa has worked with clients based all over the UK, and internationally from Australia, the USA and South Africa.

She is highly experienced in the Adobe CC suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat), and is a confident, enthusiastic, and hardworking colleague of the Book Refinery team.

Lisa is an independent creative professional and designer for print.

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