About us

Bedlam Books, a potted history

Emma Hegarty and Marie Alafaci met while studying in the Associate Diploma of Professional Writing & Editing at Holmesglen TAFE in 1995.

They had both worked in other fields but had decided to follow their passions – writing and editing. During their time at Holmesglen, they were impressed by the quality of ideas of their fellow students and were often asked to read and critique their peers’ writing. They began to think about how they could help authors to improve their writing and reach a commercial audience. Enter Bedlam Books.

The people behind Bedlam Books

Marie Alafaci

Author and writing teacher. Happiest when helping others to communicate better.

Marie Alafaci has publications in children’s fiction, biography, environmental science and speculative fiction. She has taught Professional Writing & Editing at TAFE, worked for the Australian Society of Authors, reviewed books, written feature articles and been on the advisory board for the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

She teaches short courses on grammar and punctuation, pitching to publishers and a range of writing genres. She has been a judge on a number of writing competitions and had honourable mentions or second place wins in several writing awards herself.

Emma Hegarty

Editor and research manager. Attention to detail is her super power.

Emma Hegarty has worked in the publishing industry as a publisher, production manager, copy-editor and desktop publisher. She has also been a writer and designer for a local newspaper, and a student media adviser in the TAFE system in Victoria and Queensland.
She has tutored in publishing studies at a tertiary level, and has a broad range of writing credits from journalistic pieces in local newspapers to chapters in two books (one on Australian Rules football and the other on the history of book publishing in Australia). She has also written a thesis on bestselling books and the Australian publishing industry.

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