The NAC Executive

Background

NAC capitalises on Michael’s 40+ years of international business experience, and the professional skills of Literary and Editorial Head Denise Harris (adult fiction), Sue Anderson (adult and children’s fiction), Andrea Barton (adult nonfiction), and Helen Winter (Script Marketing Unit Head).

This formidable team brings considerable expertise to support NAC authors. 

Michael Cybulski (Relationships and Marketing)

His father a RAF Officer, Michael Cybulski enjoyed his early years as an Air Force brat on bases in Gibraltar, Ireland, Malta and Singapore, and all over the UK.

His early career in London exposed him to international trade, an interest that continues to this day, his DMS Group supporting clients in some 70 countries (for whom research may be conducted in over 140 countries), and through interests in insurance, debt recovery and credit management consultancy.

NAC’s genesis as a literary agency occurred in the most unlikely circumstance.

On Western Australia’s Dunsborough Lakes Golf Course practice putting green late 2014 he was approached by an unpublished author. Aware of Michael’s 45 years international career the author proposed Michael might represent his work to publishers, and things went from there.

New Authors Collective was formally launched on August 12th 2015.

Michael has no pretensions to NAC operating as a traditional ‘literary agent’. Instead, with notable success, he brings an entrepreneurial approach to representing new authors to market in Australia and overseas.

Consistent with this international focus, seven NAC authors were contracted by offshore publishers in its’ first 14 months of operations; several others are under offer.

Committed to unwavering high standard of service, to authors & publishers alike, Michael  is responsible for NAC’s external relations (with authors, publishers, reviewers, service providers and media), and international marketing.

What I love about my role with NAC: -  Each author's objective in being published differs, but my pleasure in their success never does! ​

 

Denise Harris (Adult Fiction - Editorial Head)

A keen reader from an early age, books have always been important to Denise. She majored in English in her Arts Degree and following a decision to complete a DipEd began a 36 year career in education. Initially in the secondary classroom teaching English, History, General Studies and Drama; later came Executive leadership roles covering curriculum, pastoral care, administration and school development. She loved her years of teaching, particularly the senior English students, and relished sharing her passion for literature and the power of writing. Always actively engaged with students she produced and directed plays and musicals, trained debaters and public speakers, organised theatre excursions and developed student leadership programs.

A secondment to the Board of Studies working in school liaison, professional development & training encouraged her to pursue a Masters in Educational Administration and she returned to schools at the end of the three year BOS role.

Early semi-retirement with her partner to the Central Coast prompted a new career in consulting, with a number of interesting years on short term contracts with various schools and educational bodies, punctuated by travel.

A conversation over dinner with an old friend led Denise into her current role as Literary and Editorial Head - Adult works, with the New Authors Collective literary agency. She enjoys the interactions with all involved in this new enterprise, most particularly helping the authors to meet the challenges of preparing a manuscript for publication.

Denise is a keen theatre goer, traveller (particularly international motorbike touring), skier and walker. She enjoys cooking, a glass of good wine with friends, yoga and Pilates; Denise loves her book clubs and grandchildren and, of course, reading. There are always new books to explore and the classics to revisit!

What I love about my role with NAC: - The pleasure gained from engaging with an author, going deeply into the text of a draft and helping the author to think in new ways about their own writing, to refine and polish and feel confident enough to submit to publishers. And, of course, the satisfaction of holding an autographed copy of a freshly printed book launched into the world of readers.

 

Denise Doraisamy (Young Readers Works)

Born and raised on a dairy farm outside Sydney Denise Doraisamy trained as a teacher, and studied widely in languages including Spanish and German.

Before marrying she moved to London where she worked in a psychiatric practice whose focus was on children with autism. Much of what she learnt there, and during her travels, was later incorporated in her teaching and writing.

On retirement from a multi-million dollar medical enterprise she travelled to India, where she lived with her husband before returning to Australia eight years later. Here she began further training, completing her Master’s Degree in Special Education.

Denise rediscovered her love of writing, completing her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at UTS in Sydney in 2011. She has been writing, and editing for others ever since.

Her early work with children with autism in the UK and teaching in Australia gives her a unique insight into children's and young adult’s writing, making her the ideal Head of Children's Literature for NAC.

 

Helen Winter (Script Marketing Head)

Born and raised in Sydney, from a very young age Helen developed a love for reading, watching TV and films.  Her parents were avid readers, her father, a lawyer, a talented word smith, an extension of his love of Latin.

Enjoying school drama classes, juggling play rehearsals with her other love, of tennis and softball, both of which she played in school competitions, Helen later joined a musical society for five years.  

Despite an interest in acting, as a profession, Helen worked in a North Sydney advertising agency, honing her skills as a media buyer, a role she enjoyed for 15 year before moving into magazine sales.

A media buyer for 10 years, Helen met husband, Joe, who moved from Adelaide to work in sales for NWS-9 in Sydney, then to Nine Network Head Office in Artarmon.

It was a conversation Helen and Michael Cybulski had over lunch in November 2017 her potential role in developing NAC’s Script Marketing initiative began to take shape. 

The numerous contacts established in advertising, those who since started their own TV and film production companies, and her numerous friends in the Australian and overseas film industry, may be the source of opportunities for commercialising NAC authors’ manuscripts.

Helen’s love of reading, TV and films has never wavered all of which she blends with entertaining friends and family, enjoying great food and wine. 

What I love about my role with NAC: - The diverse challenges with increasing scope/potential for authors to realise their stories on screen. 

 

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Sue Anderson (Adult Fiction - Editorial)

Sue became involved with NAC in 2017 through a chance conversation with Michael when he asked what she was doing. With the response that she had just retired from teaching, NAC became the perfect way to use her knowledge of writing and passion for reading. Sue started initially as a reviewer for new
manuscripts, moved to a team leader role and in 2018 became part of the Literary and Editorial Team under the wonderful guidance of Denise.

Sue was born in Adelaide, moved to Sydney with her family when she was 12, then Canberra where she completed her HSC and on finishing school back to Sydney. She did her nursing training at Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals. After marrying, working in various medical roles and having her 3 children, Sue decided to go to Macquarie University to do her BA Dip Ed majoring in Special Education with a focus on Literature and Australian History.During that time she moved with her family to the beautiful Central Coast. Sue was a primary school teacher for 20 years before retiring in 2016.

Within her teaching career Sue took on the role as school trainer, first in Mathematics and later with the ‘Focus on Reading’ program which supported teachers in developing student reading skills and engagement in all aspects of the classroom and curriculum. She was the school coordinator and coach for debating and public speaking.

Sue and her husband Tony are avid travellers both overseas and within Australia. She loves living near the beach, bush walking, yoga, her book club, time with friends and reading. Sue volunteers at the Marine Discovery Centre, a wonderful resource for education and the environment. In 2019 she also took on a mentoring role for ‘Youth Frontiers’ guiding a group of high school students to develop a community project. Being a part of supporting NAC’s new authors and the diversity of books they write has been a rewarding and stimulating experience.

What I love about my role with NAC: - Building relationships with the people involved - the editorial team, reviewers, authors all working together to develop the best possible manuscripts.  

 

Andrea Barton (Adult Nonfiction - Editorial)

Born in Melbourne, Andrea lived in England for several years while her father did a PhD. Later, she spent 12 years as an expat in Nigeria, USA and Qatar for her husband’s work. She has now returned to Melbourne.

Andrea has had a diverse range of occupations – violin teacher, engineer, career counsellor, dancer, writer and editor. But her most important role has been mothering her two boys.

Andrea has co-edited two anthologies about expat adventures, Nigerian Gems and Papua New Guinea Pearls. She has also written stage productions for Nigerian performing arts companies and a school in Houston, the Sam and Sue Adventure Series for children, and is working on a mystery series featuring an expat spouse. On her blog, http://www.thewindingnarrative.com, she shares thoughts about writing, expat life and her interviews with others. She is excited about joining NAC’s editorial team to help develop their non-fiction list.

Her special interests are in exotic destinations, careers, creative arts and relationships. She enjoys narrative non-fiction that reads like fiction.

What I love about my role with NAC: -  Getting to know our authors, working with them to polish their manuscripts in preparation for pitching to publishers. 

 

Dennis Fisher (Finance and Administration)

Dennis was born in the small country town of Oatlands in the Tasmanian midlands. On leaving school, he worked on the family grazing property for two years, before applying to the PNG Public Service for a role as a Cadet Patrol Officer. Appointed Assistant District Commissioner, with PNG independence looming, a new career beckoned.

On returning to Australia Dennis and his wife Leonie settled in Sydney, where Dennis began a career in the oil industry, first with BP and then Golden Fleece Petroleum, where he became NSW Credit Manager. After Golden Fleece Petroleum merged with Caltex Dennis and Leonie leased a service station in St Ives, later starting a retail business in travel goods, before launching a successful bookkeeping business where he met Michael. Joining DMS Group as Head of Finance & Administration, he recently also assumed responsibility for NAC and its website.

What I love about my role with NAC: - Working with such a diverse group of interesting and talented people.