"Thank you so much for showing me quality editing." 

Softwood client, June 2020

Softwood Self-Publishing was founded in 2017 by Maddy Glenn as an independent editing business, providing services to authors across the world. Since then, it has gone on to be one of the most successful small business of its type (Surrey Enterprise Awards 2018) and was featured in the Daily Mail in 2019. The business concentrates on providing high quality editing, formatting, and marketing services to authors, local businesses, and academic publishing houses. 

Maddy Glenn BA (Hons)

Founder & CEO

Maddy is the founder and owner of Softwood Self-Publishing.

She also works as an English Language Editor for MDPI.

Maddy began her award-winning editing with the Writer's Bureau Proofreading and Copy Editing Course and has a BA in Philosophy and English Literature. She is a member of the Society of Young Publishers and is in much demand as a freelance editor. 

Maddy's debut novel was published in 2020.

Augustin Kendall

Editing specialisms:

sci-fi/fantasy/literary fiction

Augustin has an editing certificate from NYU's Center for Publishing and an MA in psychology from Seattle University.


He has been a freelance editor off and on for ten years. He loves words as a reader, a writer, and an editor.


In addition to his editing experience, he has training as a content strategist, which he brings to bear on working with nonfiction books.

Frederique Tienmans

Editing specialisms:

fantasy/young adult/historical

As a child, Frederique read everything he could find in the house. He is an enthusiastic and passionate reader, and writer. As a traditionally published author,  His first published book will arrive in the Summer of 2020.

When not reading or writing, he advises other writers in all stages of the writing process, giving writing feedback. Frederique is studying to be a physician. This means he has a understanding of the body and the impact of physical weapons on the body; a hugely helpful insight for those difficult fight scenes!

Nathan James MA

Creative Director

Nathan is our marketing strategist, brand ambassador, and promotions manager.

As a specialist in social media communications, he can help design content and increase engagement to your posts across the unique requirements of multiple platforms.

His favourite author is the Guildford-born P.G. Wodehouse!


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