About Us

Busybird Publishing is a boutique micro-publisher 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 books usually have an altruistic outcome, where a portion of proceeds will go to a certain cause. We’re always working on something.

Of course, the publishing game can be confusing, but with the right help, it can be simple, easy, and fun! That’s also why we’re a fee-for-service self-publisher. We’ve helped over 200 authors self-publish and have a rewarding, educational, and pleasurable journey in the process. What’s more, they come out of the experience with a book they’re proud of!

At Busybird Publishing we aim to educate and inspire writers to share their story (no matter what genre) with the world. You can start by checking out our blogs and newsletters for great resources, or attend a workshop to get a better understanding of what you need, how publishing works, and what your next steps might be.

You may already have all of that knowledge and just want to get started. Our staff are happy to chat with you about your project. Call us on (03 9434 6365) to see how we can help.

Authors who choose to self-publish with us retain 100% publishing rights and royalties, while also having complete control of the creative process, whether they’re looking to publish in print or as an ebook. The book(s) can be printed anywhere in the world and take advantage of global distribution using print on demand (POD).

Who uses Busybird Publishing?

  • First-time authors who don’t know how to publish.
  • Writers of poetry, children’s books, memoir, biography, fiction and non-fiction.
  • Authors who want someone to take care of the management of their book publishing.
  • Entrepreneurs/business owners who want to leverage their business through a book.
  • Published authors who are tired of mainstream publishing and want to take control of their work.
  • Serious writers who would like global distribution of their book.
  • Family history/genealogy/memoir writers who only need a few copies for family and friends.

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

She has had articles published in Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, and a variety of magazines about publishing and marketing; stories in the short story anthologies, 13 Stories, Mud Puddles (May 08), Blue Crow Magazine, and [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 was previously 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 there is to take photos of – 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 responsible for the covers of all of Busybird’s internal publications, and also for many of the self-published titles.

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.

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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 the author of the novels August Falling, Just Another Week in Suburbia, Pride, and the instructional guide The Launch Book. He has had stories and articles published in various print and digital journals, several unpublished novels and a number of unproduced screenplays shortlist and place in awards, and three screenplays optioned.

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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Shell Brave is the Marketing Co-ordinator at Busybird Publishing.

She holds a Master in Biography and Life Writing from Monash University and her special interest is in true stories.

Professionally, she has ten years’ experience working in events management and working with committees for industry associations. She is also a freelance editor and an oral historian having worked as a committee member of the Oral History Association of Victoria.

Shell has a passion for customer service with her particular brand being professional, caring and approachable.

In her spare time, Shell enjoys gym exercise, socializing, song lyric writing and practicing one of her three banjos.


Oscar is the morale officer at Busybird Publishing. Besides smacking constantly of cuteness, he goes from desk to desk, bringing company and asking for little in return. His specialty is charging the door whenever it opens, barking in his deep baritone, while also wagging his tail excitedly.

Around lunchtime, Oscar will check out what you’re eating, and sit by you with big, imploring eyes, asking for just a taste. He’s also known to go foraging in bags for food … or anything chewable.

Oscar’s plans for the future are to chew, eat, and run around more.


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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