Abandoning a law career at the end of the 1970s, Margaret began working as a graphic designer. She packaged over 40 titles under the Magari Publishing imprint for the New Zealand and international market, and was a regular exhibitor at international book fairs. Margaret has had particular experience in children's, gift and humour, health and self-help, and non-fiction publishing. She also has editing and ghost-writing experience and has authored over 30 of her own titles and illustrated a similar number. One of Margaret's strengths is the manner in which she mentors clients through each step of the process to tease the best out of them and to ensure they have the best possible experience. In addition to running the Booksmiths, Margaret is a writer of fiction. More about Margaret's books can be found on the Magari Publishing website.
Susan Buckland's journalist career began in 1970 as a features writer for the New Zealand Herald. In 1978 she joined Air New Zealand's public relations department and began a long association with travel writing. She became a freelancer in 1990. Susan's articles and photographs are published in New Zealand and overseas newspapers and magazines. She is an award-winning journalist who specialises in travel and human interest stories. She has won Cathay Pacific Travel writing awards and twice won the Qantas Media Awards Best Travel Column award for best article about a journey and best newspaper travel story. She is a former travel columnist for New Zealandís largest newspapers, the Sunday Star Times and the NZ Herald and has written and presented radio and television travel shows during her 47 year career in journalism.