Publishing and Creative Director
Helen is an experienced academic, university lecturer, teacher, and
administrator, took on the new world of self-publishing to produce a
biography of Rugby League immortal Graeme Langlands MBE. The book became
an immediate success, winning critical acclaim and impressive bookstore
sales of 4000 in its launch month. Helen followed this success with
three other highly acclaimed books and in the process became an expert
in the process of self-publication.
Seeing a need in the market to help others to successfully fulfill their
own goals, she founded Best Legenz and has assisted hundreds of authors
through the demanding process of authorship, editing, design, printing
and promotion based on her own hard-won knowledge and invaluable experiences.
She helps both beginning and experienced authors to bypass the established
printing houses, with their limitations and demands, and empowers them
to take control of their own creations.
Helen’s strong perfectionist streak saw her retrain as a graphic
designer and she produces work of a highly professional standard. With
her training as an educator, she supports writers through their initial
challenges and assists them to develop their proficiency as accomplished
creators and communicators, proud of their final product and well-equipped
to continue in their new career.
What business principles does she hold dear? “I always aim to
treat others in the same way I’d expect to be treated. For me,
that means maintaining honesty and integrity in all dealings in whatever
project or business I’m involved. At the heart of that is my deep
caring for humanity and my wish to be of service to others.”
Helen’s longstanding record of achievement began in academia,
including nomination for history student of the year at university,
a national award for excellence in teaching and head of department.
True to form as a high achiever, sports lover Helen gained coaching
certificates in soccer and basketball. Other passions include her love
of music and an enthusiasm for overseas travel. Above all, though, Helen
is a people person and loves to communicate her knowledge and experiences
to help others shine and achieve their personal best. Helen has been
happily married to her husband Chris for over 40 years.
Distribution and Marketing Director
For the past four years Bernice Kesbah has worked tirelessly and extremely
successfully with Best Legenz’ clients to ensure that their books
are available in good bookstores around Australia and New Zealand. She
has helped clients prepare meaningful documents to arouse the interest
Our distributors are industry professionals, with over 130 years combined
experience in the field. Bernice has regular meetings with them to discuss,
analyse and pass on their advice about all aspects of the book that
will generate more sales and hence profit for our clients. This guidance
takes the book to the highest level of industry standards.
Bernice is also Best Legenz Marketing Director. It’s almost as
though she ‘waves a magic wand’ to organise for the books
to be reviewed in all of the relevant publications, and arrange radio
and television interviews for our clients. Most of our clients have
absolutely no media profile but once Bernice takes control they find
themselves appearing on nationwide television promoting their books.
Bernice is an award-winning artist, with an Advanced Diploma in Fine
Arts, and is interested in further developing her talents as a book
illustrator. She is the proud mother of two children both very talented
in the sporting arena and dedicated students.
Bernice is passionate about encouraging authors. “I enjoy helping
new authors to proudly and confidently promote their book and receive
just financial recognition and public acclaim.”
Janice found her calling early in life as a voracious reader of books,
magazines, newspapers, peanut butter labels and whatever else was to
hand. University studies majoring in English literature followed by
a journalism qualification were natural next steps.
From producing scientific and environmental publications in New Zealand,
Janice made the leap to computer magazines in Sydney for Australia’s
largest magazine publisher. From there, she landed at a small client
publishing house specialising in airline and lifestyle titles.
Following her goal to become a freelance editor, Janice has had a hand
in polishing the pages on many of Australia’s top magazine titles
from Vogue Australia and Vogue Living, Belle, Country Style, Better
Homes and Gardens to Good Taste and Healthy Food Guide, to name a few.
Janice fulfilled an ambition to extend into book editing with Best Legenz’s
Helen Elward. Janice delights in assisting authors on a one-to-one basis
to make their books shine and sharing her knowledge on how best to express
their ideas. “Working with Helen has been a dream,” says
Janice. “Her commitment to crafting a professional quality result
matches my own and I’m extremely proud of the books I have helped
produce with Best Legenz.”