NAC Executive

Background

NAC capitalises on Michael’s 40+ years of international business experience, and the Literary and Editorial skills of Sue Anderson (adult and children’s fiction), Andrea Barton (adult fiction and nonfiction), and the diverse abilities of Helen Winter (Script Marketing Unit Head) and Deborah Ackerley (ESL Website Services). 

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On Western Australia’s Dunsborough Lakes Golf Course practice putting green late 2014 he was approached by an unpublished author.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! ​

 

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Sue Anderson (Editorial Head - Adult/Children Fiction)

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 joined NAC's journey as a reviewer of new manuscripts, soon moving to a Team Leader role. In 2018 she joined NAC's Literary and Editorial team, working closely with Denise Harris, NAC Literary & Editorial Head. In January 2020, Sue stepped up as Editorial Head for adult fiction and children's works.

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 (Editorial Head - Adult Nonfiction/Fiction)

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 thriller 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.

Her special interests are in exotic destinations, careers, creative arts and relationships.

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. 

 

NAC's involvement with quality children's middle grade and YA's works is jointly overseen by Andrea and Sue.

 

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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. 

 

Deborah Ackerley (ESL Services)

Born in Gibraltar, Deborah also lived overseas and in the UK during her formative years, and this encouraged a love of travelling and learning about other cultures.

After studying Business and Marketing in the UK, Deborah started her UK career as a Statistician in London.  Later in her career, she studied Administrative Management and had admin roles in the west of England, including working with part of the international Philips Group and also with Motorola with their Market Communications team.  These roles often involved proof-reading and editing of documents, brochures, technical manuals etc.

In the late 1980s, Deborah set up and managed a Women’s Enterprise Centre in Swindon, Wiltshire, with the backing and support of professional men and women, and she helped many women (and also men!) to set up small enterprises.  Deborah is still in contact with a number of these entrepreneurs, some of whom are still in business today.  As Chairman of the National Women’s Enterprise Forum in the 1990s, Deborah assisted 50+ Enterprise Agencies around England to establish their own Women’s Enterprise Centres, using the good practice guidelines established by her.

More recently, Deborah was Office Manager in the Bath Office of a firm of architects for eight years, another role which involved proof-reading and amending of documents, including tender submissions.  Indeed, in most of her admin roles, an important part of her job was proof-reading and editing text in documents, brochures etc, and that experience is being drawn on as she establishes her own business and provides a service to NAC’s English Language Service (ESL).

From 2004-2006, Deborah worked in Australia as Client Service Manager for the DMS Group in Sydney, returning to UK in 2006, and she looks forward to working with Michael again, this time with NAC’s ESL.

What I love about my role with ESL:  Working with overseas Clients to help them improve the written English on websites that are aimed at an English-speaking audience in order to present a professional website that is grammatically correct and has good use of the English language.:

 

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. Ten years later, with the rank of Assistant District Commissioner, and 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.