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Lisa Heidke Joins NAC

Lisa’s passion is for writing fiction, typically stories about women in their thirties and forties navigating friendships, careers, romance, ultimately triumphing over adversity. With six published novels to date, five with Allen & Unwin, Lisa joins New Authors Collective with her seventh work, a more strongly romance-focused, fish-out-of-water, coastal romance. A teacher of Creative Writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre in Sydney, Lisa also presents workshops, has been on panels at RWA conferences, GenreCon, Sydney Writers’ Festival, and many regional writers’ festivals. (200228)

Helen Menzies Joins NAC

Helen is a writer, editor and writing tutor. She lives on the idyllic Central Coast of New South Wales and, since moving there from Sydney in 2006, she has written a memoir, a trilogy of children’s books, and edited and published two collections of stories written by members of her twice-yearly intensive Life Writing classes. In the years before coming to live on the coast, Helen was a teacher at all levels - primary, secondary and university. In a wide-ranging career she was also union official, Rupert Murdoch’s first woman sports journalist, Deputy Commissioner for Equal Opportunity in South Australia, and senior manager in the NSW Public Service. (200128)

Susannah Hardy Joins NAC

A warm welcome to Susannah as she joins our list, with her first, quirky work of fiction being finalised in close consultation with NAC Editorial. Susannah's acting career has involved everything from film and television roles to being one of two singing Carmen Mirandas on roller blades, Tutti & Frutti (she was Frutti), and creating sketch comedy for Arena TV, Foxtel, as part of an all-girl trio, The Girls. (100120)

Au Revoir Denise​

Denise Harris has formally handed in her stripes as NAC Editorial Head, some four and half years after joining NAC's journey. Her legacy enables NAC to face the future with confidence, with Andrea Barton and Sue Anderson ably stepping up in their roles with NAC Editorial, overseeing our adult fiction and nonfiction work, children’s middle grade and YA’s.

For more information and to pass on your good wishes please contact NAC. (200101)


Grindstone International Novel Prize 2019

Congratulations to Sarah Hawthorn, short-listed in the final eight nominated in the Grindstone International Novel Prize 2019, for her upcoming 'Postmark Guernsey, 1945', a nomination recognising Sarah's steady development as a fine, rapidly emerging writer. NAC is confident 2020 will be her year ...! (191217)


NAC's Push Offshore

Author Steve Rogers’ recent US success underpins the steady rise in Australian crime writers' popularity offshore.

Working closely with publishers in the UK & US in particular, NAC is looking for authors to join our list, writing in the 'Aussie noir', 'Outback crime', 'bush noir', ‘outback noir’, ‘sunburnt noir’, ‘red dirt crime’ and ‘Southern Cross crime' sub-categories.

Committed to being the very best writers you may be in this space, if you or someone you know has a thoroughly edited, fully completed manuscript ready for proofing, please contact NAC. (191216)


Moonshine Cove Publishing USA signs Steve Rogers

Western Australian author Steve Rogers signs with USA publisher, Moonshine Cove, in a world-rights deal for his latest novel.

'Death in a Matchbox' is his third full length work of commercial fiction, the second in the Carter de Freitas series featuring Elise, Carter's young painting companion, and Carpenter, such a cool dude of a three-legged dog.

An Australian outback 'red dirt' mystery set in the eastern goldfields region of Australia's Outback, 'Death in a Matchbox' is scheduled for October 2020 release.

Michael Cybulski, Director, New Authors Collective explains - “(This is) ... such a highly satisfying result for NAC, who believe so strongly in Steve's potential as writer in this space, in a style particularly popular with male and female readers from their 40's onwards. Not just the first NAC author, writing in the 'red dirt' and 'Australian Outback crime', space to be published, Steve is also the first to be signed out of the US'.

A successful independent American publisher based in Abbeville, South Carolina, Moonshine Cove is a small traditional house with a fine record of launching emerging writers' careers into the US market. (191217)

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