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Bedlam Books

a manuscript assessment service


The Principals


Marie Alafaci

Marie Alafaci has publications in biography, environmental science and speculative fiction; taught Professional Writing & Editing at TAFE; worked for the Australian Society of Authors; reviewed books; written features and been both a panellist and member of the advisory board for the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

She teaches short courses on grammar and punctuation for RMIT and is a manuscript assessor and tutor for Writers Victoria. She teaches writing to community groups and was a judge in the 2015 Freshly Squeezed Reads First Chapter for first chapters of young adult novels. She will have her first picture story book published in 2016.

Marie’s particular interests in critiquing are non-fiction, speculative fiction and young adult fiction.

Emma Hegarty

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 and rights mediator 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).

Emma’s educational qualifications include a Masters degree in publishing, for which she analysed the demographics of bestsellers in Australian trade publishing and book-selling, and a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing. Her research interests include Australian history, the publishing industry, and the South Pacific.