When I was a child books were my thing. I loved getting lost in stories. If I wasn’t reading, I was writing and illustrating my own stories at my enormous wooden desk that half filled my tiny 1960s bedroom. Books and stationery were what I loved most in my room. My desk and several shelves on the walls of all shapes and sizes were filled with a variety of books, pens, notebooks and other paraphernalia.

I stopped writing when I got to my teens, but continued to devour books love all things stationery. Put me near a bookshop or stationery seller and I’m all in, never leaving without purchasing something, maybe a new book, pen, journal or some other bookish item.

When I left school I landed a job as an Apprentice Hand and Machine Compositor at The Adelaide Advertiser. In the 1970s, the previously male-dominated industry was changing at a rapid pace with computer technology replacing hot metal machinery. I was the second female apprentice to be employed at the ‘Tiser, as it was affectionately known. My apprenticeship included training in mark-up (design), typesetting, layout, and proofreading. When I completed my apprenticeship I went on to work at a variety of printers, ad agencies and design service bureaus.

In 1987, I started my business – working from home – a rare thing in those days. The business has evolved over the years with many technological changes to be navigated. It certainly kept things in the industry interesting.

In 2015, after spending my career working in the production side of publishing, I decided I wanted to expand my skillset and learn editing. I enrolled in a Bachelor and Professional Writing and Publishing. It was while doing that degree that my childhood love of writing was awakened.

On completion of my degree in 2018, I re-branded my business. Adala Publishing was born, along with the other arm of the Adala Group, Adala Studio, which provides print, web design and copywriting services for business.

My life of study didn’t stop when I finished my degree. I went on to complete a Master of Creative Writing in 2022, and am currently undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication (digital media, journalism and visual communication design).

Over the last few years, I have gathered a small team of editors and designers who bring the best skills in the industry with them, so Adala Publishing can provide the best service possible to our clients.

I am a Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Editors, as well as a member of Writer’s Victoria and the Australian Society of Authors.

Adala Publishing is based in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges in Victoria and we work with authors across Australia and New Zealand.