At Bluebird Works, we understand that publishing can be a complex business and offer services to authors and publishers.


For authors who want to take the traditional route to being published by finding an agent, preparing their manuscript and submitting it to publishers, we offer a one-off consultation session, providing all the information they need.

For those who want to publish themselves, we also offer a one-off consultation to show them how it’s done. Or we can provide a complete end-to-end service, including everything required to produce and market a professional standard book from manuscript to reader. Liaising with our network of editorial, design and marketing experts to finish the job.


If I thought writing my debut novel, ‘The Gatekeeper’ was a daunting task, it was walk in the park compared to taking it from a file on my laptop to an actual paperback… a paperback that a prospective purchaser would be keen to buy. There were so many specific areas of detailed knowledge to navigate, and I was utterly bewildered by all the Everest-sized hurdles it appeared I had to jump. Frankly, I didn’t know where to start or how to avoid the multitude of pitfalls that lay in wait for the unwary. It was time to call in an expert.

Russ Kane - The Gatekeeper

There’s no question she can’t answer and no problem she can’t solve. Heather is incredibly knowledgeable in her field and made navigating through the publishing process much easier.

Lauren Mills - ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Zoo

It may sound easy in theory but publishing is a more complex and technical process that at first imagined! Heather diligently managed the process, drawing all the key elements and skill sets together to produce the finished product on time and on budget. Always willing to explain and respond to endless questions I found her not just expert in the process but extremely patient!”

Nick de Bois, Fatal Ambition


We provide a broad spectrum of consultancy and project management services or trade publishers. Using a people focused, interactive approach and utilising our expertise acquired over decades we help publishers achieve their goals.


From the moment I engaged Heather, it was evident that she would be a fantastic partner. At every step of the process, she demonstrated professionalism, expertise, and attention to detail. Making board books is hard. And before working with her, I’d struggled to get the product right. Heather provided strategic guidance every step of the way. Her insight in determining the specs, identifying printers, and negotiating prices was invaluable. With her support, the process became seamless. I look forward to working with Heather on many projects to come.

Christine Ingram, Syllables

Heather has helped our team understand the broader publishing industry, and has helped us make important steps in the transition from self-publishing towards industry-standard publishing. She has opened doors for our small publishing house in terms of printing and distribution and has become a valuable expert to consult with throughout the process. Heather has been a very valuable asset to our publishing house and it she has helped make many of our publishing goals a reality.

Raghav Chandegra - Tattva

Heather has worked with BIC on a number of projects over the past nine years, most recently that work has been focused on the delivery of our highly popular book production courses. Her open and friendly approach with the course attendees combined with her thorough understanding of the book industry has substantially contributed to the success and growth of our production training programme. She is a greatly respected individual within the industry, with a wealth of industry contacts, easy to work with, knowledgeable, professional and reliable.

Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, Book Industry Communication