Bernadette Foley

Bernadette Foley is one of the most connected people in the publishing industry, working as an editor and publisher for over 30 years. She was publisher of fiction and non-fiction for international publishing house Hachette Australia for more than10 years, editing such authors as William McInnes, Pamela Freeman, Lian Hearn and many more.

In 2016, Bernadette set up Broadcast Books, and works closely with writers, helping them to develop their skills and tell their stories. With a small team of publishing professionals, Bernadette produces books for authors who choose to publish independently.

Through programs at the Australian Writers' Centre, Bernadette has guided many manuscripts to publication. She has spoken at national writers’ festivals and editing and writing events. She co-created and taught in the Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing at University of Technology Sydney and in taught in the post-graduate publishing course at the University of Sydney. In 2015, Bernadette received the George Robertson Award for Service to the Australian Publishing Industry.

Some of the books Bernadette has worked on include:

What our students say about Bernadette:

”I enjoyed all of the course but found the elevator pitch section extremely helpful. I have read a lot of books and have made lots of attempts but came up with my best pitch for my story so far. Bernadette is obviously very passionate about what she does and has a lot of insider knowledge.”

– Maryann Murphy

“The course was most enjoyable…. Bernadette is a clever teacher the content was great. This was the best publishing seminar I’ve been to – I learnt so much.”

– Lesley Porter

“Bernadette was fantastic. When I told her that I was attending an ASA literary speed dating event later that day she went out of her way to help me refine my pitch and delivery.”

– Margaret Rochford

“Bernadette Foley clearly knew her stuff. She presented well, was warm and engaging and gave time to each and every participant.”

– Vanessa McKinley

“I found Bernadette to be one of the best presenters I have seen. She not only knew her material but she has a gift as a teacher. Bernadette put me at ease so many times and lifted my spirits with her  encouragement. She created a safe environment and brought out the best in all of us. I came away feeling less scared because she has given me the tools and resources to do the very best I can to get my first book published. Thank you Bernadette.”

– Bindu Narula

Presenter for:

Writing Workout
Have the foundation skills for fiction but itching for more practice? Complete writing exercises and receive tutor feedback to develop your ideas and perfect your storytelling techniques.
Write Your Novel
Want to get from draft to published sooner? Our program puts you on the fast track to success, with valuable critiques and detailed advice.
Novel Writing Essentials
Everyone has a novel in them, they say. If yours is ready to come to the surface, we can help you take the first steps towards getting your name on a book cover.

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