About Us

busybirdinwordsBusybird Publishing is a boutique micropublisher based in the heart of Montmorency, Victoria, whose mission statement is to tell a good story.
     We publish a handful of our own titles yearly. Our nonfiction books usually have an altruistic outcome, where a portion of proceeds will go to a certain cause. We’re always working on something.
     We’re also a fee-for-service self-publisher. It’s our goal to protect prospective authors from getting ripped off, and nurture them through the publishing process to ensure they have an enjoyable, gratifying experience and are left with a book of which they can be proud.
     We’ve helped hundreds of authors self-publish and have a rewarding, educational, and fun journey in the process.


Blaise van Hecke is co-owner and Publisher at Busybird Publishing. She is also a writer, photographer and artist.

She has been published in the short story anthology, Mud Puddles (May 08), Blue Crow Magazine, [untitled] issue two, came second in the bi-annual short story competition with the Society of Women Writers of Victoria 2007, for her story ‘The Eleventh Summer’; and is the author of The Book Book: 12 steps to successful publishing, as well as Who is a Cheeky Monkey? Her photographs have been used for book covers, CD covers and promotional literature.

Blaise enjoys writing and travelling and hopes to publish a book that combines both. She also blogs as The Book Chick at http://thebookchick.com.au/ and is currently the president of the Society of Women Writers (Victoria).

She runs various workshops for Busybird about writing, editing, and publishing, and is popularly in demand for talks about publishing in general.

What Blaise loves most is nurturing an author through the self-publishing process, and the look on their face when they finally have their book in their hands.

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Kev Howlett is co-owner and Studio Manager at Busybird Publishing. He is an illustrator and photographer and has spent thirty years in the commercial photographic industry taking photographs of everything from babies to electrical wires, Jati furniture to Holden cars.

Kev also spends a lot of time taking photographs on his travels and plans to create a picture book for each city of the world. He’s had many of his photographs published in magazines and brochures and some of his cartoons in the 2008 calendar for the Snowden Mining Group. Kev is the illustrator for the covers of [untitled], our annual anthology of short stories.

In 2014, Kev hiked up to Mount Everest Base Camp and back, taking pictures for the gorgeous, full-colour photographic coffee-table book Walk With Me, which raised awareness for the condition CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease) and money for CMTA Australia.

Kev’s passion is creative illustration with his own style of cartoon-like images, and he draws a weekly ‘Busy the Bird’ funny, which is updated every Sunday on our Busybird Publishing Facebook page, and which are archived on our website here.

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Les Zigomanis is Publications Manager and Chief Editor at Busybird Publishing.

He has worked as a freelance editor for various publishers and authors, and is the chief editor and co-creator of [untitled].

He’s also a versatile author, is the author of The Launch Book, has had stories and articles published in various print and digital journals, had two feature articles published in Leader Newspapers (in 2008), several unpublished novels shortlisted for awards, three screenplays optioned, and his script ‘Punishment’ was shortlisted for the 2014 John Hinde Science Fiction Award and a quarter finalist in the 2016 Screencraft Science Fiction Award. His first novel, Just Another Week in Suburbia, is coming out in September 2017 (Pantera Press).

He blogs regularly for Busybird Publishing about writing, editing, and publishing; and also runs a blog on his own website (http://www.leszig.com).

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We also use a pod of freelance editors whom we personally train to be insightful, careful, and empathetic with what the author is trying to accomplish in their work. We try to match the editor to the project, finding the right person for you.

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