'Overseen by professionals from diverse backgrounds, our aim is to attract others with complementary skills & experience onto NAC's Executive'.
Four Heads: -
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On Western Australia’s Dunsborough Lakes Golf Course practice putting green late 2014 he was approached by an unpublished author.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.
Denise Harris (Adult Works)
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!
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.
Senior Associates: -
Sue Anderson (Editorial)
Sue became involved with NAC 18 months ago through a chance conversation with Michael when he asked what she was doing now. 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 6 months ago became part of the Literary and Editorial Team under the excellent 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 DipEd 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 2 years ago. She loved her time as a teacher and was instrumental in developing the debating and public speaking areas. She was also the school trainer for ‘Focus on Reading’ supporting teachers with student reading skills and engagement in all aspects of the classroom and curriculum.
Sue and her husband Tony were already avid travellers both overseas and within Australia but since retirement they have been able to go away for more extended periods. She loves living near the beach, bush walking, yoga, her book club, time with friends and reading. Sue also volunteers at the Marine Discovery Centre, a wonderful resource for education and the environment. Being a part of supporting NAC’s new authors and the diversity of books they produce has been both stimulating and enjoyable.