Splendour is managed by an experienced and talented editorial
and administrative team—a proven team that possesses a passion
for a fresh new editorial and advertising approach.
Mary Broadhurst and Helen Elward
Broadhurst: Publishing and Marketing Director
a background in customer service and sales, Mary learnt the best way
to keep customers happy was to be honest and reliable. She spent much
of her free time developing her writing skills until she couldn’t
ignore the calling any longer. Since 1997, she has written many short
stories, poetry and articles that were published in anthologies, popular
magazines and newspapers, and reference books. Mary has been editing
and proofreading since 2002 and has recently published her first book
and is currently working on her second.
Elward: Publishing and Creative Director
founder of Best Legenz Pty Ltd, is an experienced academic, university
lecturer, teacher, and administrator. She 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.
Helen’s strong perfectionist streak saw her retrain as a graphic
designer and she produces work of a highly professional standard.
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.
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 was 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.
Dixon: Image Editor
Dixon is a lifetime photographer with over 50 years' experience who
currently teaches photography. He specialises in preparing photographs
for publication, restoring damaged and old pictures, and maximising
the quality of digital and scanned images for printed and web publication.
He studied photography at the University of Washington and has edited
a great number of books and magazine publications both independently
and for Best Legenz.
not only has great experience, but has an eye for detail and takes
meticulous care in seeing that each photograph published is the best
it possibly can be, no matter the original source and condition.
Hogg: Copy Editor
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.
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.
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.
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.”