About Us

In the beginning there was the word… then there was publishing… now there is self-publishing.

Acorn Independent Press Ltd. was co-founded by brother and sister team, Leila and Ali Dewji.  Having both worked at world-leading publishers, they were frustrated that it’s so tough for talented authors to break through.  Having seen too many great writers slip through the net, they combined their expertise to give all authors a professional route to market with access to fantastic editors, designers and marketing managers and a top quality edition to be proud of.

‘It’s an exciting time for authors.  Print-on-Demand and e-book technology have democratized publishing.  Authors can have a slick self-published paperback or e-book on sale relatively quickly.  Readers can be buying and reviewing their book at a click of a button.’ Ali Dewji

‘Whilst at a literary agency, I worked with some amazingly talented authors, some of whom have won literary prizes.  When it came to pitching their work to editors at the big publishing houses, the response would typically be something like “I absolutely love this and can see why you’re excited by it but I’m afraid I couldn’t get the necessary support from my colleagues in sales/marketing/finance.”  It broke my heart every time and I knew there had to be another way.’ Leila Dewji

In our first year we have worked with bestselling authors whose eBooks have sold over 10,000 internationally. We have also established the Bedford Square Books imprint for Ed Victor Ltd, and launched some stunning debuts. Leila’s work has been recognised by Women in Publishing who bestowed The New Venture Award upon her last year.

Meet the Team


Leila read English at Christ Church, Oxford and spent time as a journalist before moving in to book publishing.  At Orion Books, she honed her editorial skills and gained editing qualifications before being head-hunted by literary agent, Sonia Land.  Whilst at Sheil Land Associates, Leila developed many authors and lead one of the first literary agency e-book programs in the UK. In 2011 Leila received the Women in Publishing New Venture Award.

Leila has with her a passionate team of experienced editors who have all been trained at top international publishing companies.

Email Leila at: leila@acornselfpublishing.com

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Having studied Business & Finance at Sheffield University, Ali has a solid commercial background.  Upon leaving university, Ali got a job within a week at top publishing company, EMAP. He has worked with global brands to devise, run and manage effective targeted campaigns across all manner of print and online media.   He thinks outside the box and is always coming up with new and ingenious platforms, both on and off line, to sell and promote books.  He loves social media and manages Acorn’s online presence. Follow us here.

Email Ali at: ali@acornselfpublishing.com

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