Jessica Mudditt




Make your mark by publishing a book

Hembury Books provides nonfiction authors with coaching, editing and self-publishing support. It was founded by former journalist Jessica Mudditt, who is the author of two memoirs. Jessica self-published her books and learned a lot along the way – now she enjoys helping other authors to share their stories with the world.

Hembury Books clients retain all their author royalties. Unlike a traditional publisher, it does not take a share of royalties.


Services by Hembury Books

Bringing non-fiction books to life

One on one coaching sessions

One-on-one book coaching sessions. Together we will break down the different elements of your book, such as refining the overarching message and structuring the content for logical flow. You can send chapters for review as you work on them. If your confidence falters along the way, your coach will support you. Choose the frequency you need – weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

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One-off, 50-minute consults to get your book project back on track. Have you lost confidence, or can’t see how all the pieces fit together? Let’s work through any hurdles you’re encountering.

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Book editing – Hembury Books editors provide high-quality editing services that include a structural edit (to ensure the narrative flows in a logical sequence) and a line edit (to spot any spelling or punctuation errors). Manuscript assessments are also available.

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Self-publishing services for authors with completed manuscripts. If ISBNs, e-lending rights and trim sizes make your eyes glaze over, Hembury Books can complete the final stage of turning you into a published author. With the Hembury Books imprint, you gain a trusted partner in your publishing journey. Our authors have achieved incredible success: they have appeared on The Project, BBC and their expertise has been requested in the form of making a submission to parliament.

Book a Discovery Call

Click below to schedule a free video call where I can explain different ways that I can help you become a published author.

If you have finished writing your manuscript, I can provide feedback on your first three chapters and explain different publishing options to help you decide what best suits your goals. One hour consultations cost $250 (incl GST).

I can provide ongoing support that will ensure you produce a book that leaves a lasting impression on readers and generates valuable business leads.

Or get in touch directly on:

Phone: +61 477346152


Address: PO Box 18, Condell Park 2200

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Travel memoirs by Jessica Mudditt

Once Around the Sun

"Jessica Mudditt's love letter to backpacking has every classic backpacker experience. On the banana pancake trail there are fried tarantulas in Cambodia and bia hoi (fresh beer) in Vietnam, followed by linguistic confusion in China, the odd stomach upset, a touch of altitude sickness and if it gets cold – well, there’s always some hunk to share your sleeping bag with. In fact, as every backpacker is likely to confirm, the kindness of strangers is generally on call.”
– Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet

From a monks’ dormitory in Laos to the steppes of Inner Mongolia, join Jessica as she travels thousands of kilometres across some of the most beautiful and fascinating parts of the planet.

Published by Hembury Books in March 2024

Purchase a signed copy

AUD$30 - Australia
(paperback plus postage)

AUD$40 - Rest of world
(paperback plus postage)

Our Home in Myanmar

"An honest, detailed, and well-structured account of the personal and political." – Kirkus Reviews

Myanmar – shrouded in mystery, misunderstood and isolated for half a century.

After a whirlwind romance in Bangladesh, Australian journalist Jessica Mudditt and her Bangladeshi husband Sherpa arrive in Yangon in 2012 – just as the military junta is beginning to relax its ironclad grip on power. It is a high-risk atmosphere; a life riddled with chaos and confusion as much as it is with wonder and excitement.

Jessica joins a small team of old-hand expat editors at The Myanmar Times, whose Burmese editor is still languishing in prison. Whether she is covering a speech by Aung San Suu Kyi, getting dangerously close to cobras, directing cover shoots with Burmese models, or scaling Bagan’s thousand-year-old temples, Jessica is entranced and challenged by a country undergoing rapid change.

Our Home in Myanmar is available in English and Burmese.

Purchase a signed copy

AUD$35 - Australia
(paperback plus postage)

AUD$46 - Rest of world
(paperback plus postage)

Once Around the Sun and Our home in Myanmar by Jessica Mudditt

Buy both books

"Jessica Mudditt's love letter to backpacking has every classic backpacker experience. On the banana pancake trail there are fried tarantulas in Cambodia and bia hoi (fresh beer) in Vietnam, followed by linguistic confusion in China, the odd stomach upset, a touch of altitude sickness and if it gets cold – well, there’s always some hunk to share your sleeping bag with. In fact, as every backpacker is likely to confirm, the kindness of strangers is generally on call."
– A review of Once Around the Sun by Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler

Purchase a signed copy of both books

AUD$60 - Australia
(2 x paperbacks plus postage)

AUD$80 - Rest of world
(2 x paperbacks plus postage)

Kathmandu to the
Khyber Pass

Coming Soon

To be published by Hembury Books in 2025

“Working with Hembury Books has been a delight. Jess Mudditt works hard at her craft whilst providing much encouragement and creative support.”

Bruce Lowery

Author of Catch The Wind: From the Nullarbor to the Far Northwest in '68

“I don’t know how to thank you for your skill and knowledge, as well as your incredible patience with me. I know I am hopeless with computer technology and you have been remarkable. Publishing my book has been a great learning experience; the sort one doesn’t expect at my age. Thank you for all you have done. You are a pretty remarkable woman. Congratulations on becoming who you are.”

Margaret Chipperfield

Author of No Buts – Twelve inspiring stories from men who changed their violent or abusive behaviour
I found Jess just ahead of releasing my first book into the world and I am so glad I did, as she became a great support for me to lean on. I can’t imagine my journey without her now. She made the whole experience that much sunnier. Any author who gets to work with Jess is blessed and has a true friend on their side. I ended up booking Jess to host my book launch event too, and again, I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. A beautiful soul, passionate about nonfiction storytelling, and a great source of wisdom when it comes to all things self-publishing.

Dana Da Silva

Author of The Shift: A Memoir

Jess is a formidable writer and storyteller. As her editor, I trust she will tackle some of our most complex and delicate commissions with care and expertise. Tasked with the unique challenge of interviewing some of Australia’s foremost chairs, directors and senior business leaders, Jess showcased an unparalleled ability to extract and weave compelling narratives from her interactions with these industry stalwarts.
Her strength lies in her ability to establish rapport and trust with her subjects, enabling them to share their insights, experiences, and wisdom candidly. Jess possesses a remarkable knack for navigating the complexities of senior leadership narratives, focusing on both their professional milestones and personal journeys, resulting in stories that are both insightful and deeply human.
What’s particularly noteworthy is how Jess delicately balances respect for her interviewee’s position with her journalistic duty to capture the essence of their narrative. She presents the journeys of these industry leaders in an engaging, nuanced, and authentic manner, ensuring that the depth of their experiences is palpably felt by our readers.

Steph D'Souza

Editor-in-Chief of AICD's Company Director Magazine

Jessica filed stories to me as a freelance journalist during the first year of publication of Forbes Australia Magazine. She interviewed a range of entrepreneurs and leading Australian businesspeople, as well as covering the property market. She delivered quality articles and worked well within the team. She was responsive to edit requests and was always professional.

Stewart Hawkins

Managing Editor of Forbes Magazine Australia

Jess filed freelance articles for me when I was an editor at Forbes Australia and when I moved to Company Director magazine, I discovered she was already entrenched as a writer and I was very happy to continue our successful relationship.
Jess is the ultimate professional. She is incredibly dedicated to crafting the best story for the commission. She listens, asks questions and is a fabulous communicator, enthusiastic in her work, timely in her filing, and has excellent attention to detail. I highly recommend Jess.

Elise Shaw

Managing Editor at Company Director Magazine

Richard McBride

Editor of CFO Magazine
“As she is a seasoned journalist who has worked all around the world and an author of two published books, I turned to Jessica for a coaching session on a writing project when I was looking for someone. Her advice was practical, do-able and to the point. In addition, her price was reasonable. I would seek out Jess’s help again and also recommend her any time to any one.”

Amy Fallon