NAC capitalises on Michael’s 40+ years of international business & relationships' building experience, the remarkably broad range of skills offered by NAC Editorial, in Sue Anderson, Andrea Barton & Dr. Bella Ellwood-Clayton, and the eclectic 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On Western Australia’s Dunsborough Lakes Golf Course practice putting green late 2014 he was approached by an unpublished author.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!
Brightside Story Studio has a great interview with Michael.
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Sue Anderson (Editorial Head - Adult/Children Fiction)
Sue joined NAC in 2017 initially as a reviewer then within 12 months stepping up to the role in editorial. NAC has become a wonderful way to use her knowledge of writing and passion for reading by supporting new authors and the diversity of books they write. Working mostly with narratives across a variety of genres: mystery, thriller, romance, comedy, fantasy, historical and social commentary, Sue has formed relationships with the authors - learning, consulting, guiding and supporting in this rewarding role.
Sue has lived in Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra and is now on the beautiful Central Coast, NSW. Starting in nursing, Sue’s second career was as a primary school teacher. She progressed to school trainer in the ‘Focus on Reading’ program, supporting teachers to develop student reading skills and engagement in all aspects of the classroom and curriculum. She also mentored high school students for the ‘Youth Frontiers’ community projects.
Sue and her husband Tony enjoyed extensive travel within Australia and overseas. She loves the beach, bush walking, yoga, reading, time with family and friends, exploring our amazing country off road. Sue volunteers at the Marine Discovery Centre, a wonderful resource for education and the environment. Books she enjoys most: Australian literature, novels based on contemporary relationships and experiences, mysteries, children’s literature, historical fiction, biographies/autobiographies, travelogues.
What I love about my role with NAC:- Building relationships with the editorial team,reviewers, authors all working together to develop the best possible manuscripts.
Andrea Barton (Editorial Head - Adult Nonfiction/Fiction)
Andrea edits memoir and adult fiction with a focus on thrillers, mysteries and women’s fiction. She values the author/editor relationship and enjoys the collaborative process, working closely with our authors to refine their story structure and develop their craft. She is a member of IPEd (Institute of Professional Editors Limited).
Andrea has edited two anthologies about expat adventures, Nigerian Gems and Papua New Guinea Pearls. She has also written the Sam and Sue Adventure Series for children and nine stage productions. On her blog, http://www.thewindingnarrative.com she shares her thoughts about writing, expat life and interviews with other creatives. She is currently writing a thriller.
Born in Australia, Andrea has been lucky enough to live in England, Nigeria, USA and Qatar before returning home. She now divides her time between Melbourne and Mansfield. In previous lives, Andrea has held a diverse range of jobs – violin teacher, engineer, career counsellor and dancer.
Books she enjoys most: stories with unusual settings about relationships, people getting into (and out of) trouble, anything that keeps her reading until late at night.
What I love about my role with NAC: - Getting to know our authors and working with them to polish their manuscripts in preparation for pitching to publishers.
Dr Bella Ellwood-Clayton (Editorial – YA/Adult Fiction)
Dr Bella Ellwood-Clayton is an experienced fiction and nonfiction editor with a focus on novel structure and character development. She enjoys women’s fiction, memoir, literary, romance, domestic suspense and thrillers.
Bella is the resident creative writing teacher at Kensington Neighbourhood House. She is also an active member of IPEd (Institute of Professional Editors Limited).
She is an award-winning author who’s published a narrative nonfiction book (Allen & Unwin), short stories in numerous journals, poetry, and hundreds of articles about relationships, wellbeing, and gender in various magazines and sites, e.g. Huffington Post, The Age, and Sydney Morning Herald. Her novel, Lights, Camera…Kiss Me!, won first place in RWA's (Romance Writers America) Elevation of Love contest. She has made a documentary with National Geographic and given a TEDx talk. Currently, she hosts episodes on Love Destination (a global video-on-demand network).
Raised in Canada and Australia, Bella was born on Valentine's Day and adores dumplings, her Australian hubby, two tweens, and her rescue mini Maltese. For more information see www.drbella.com.au
What I love about my role with NAC: - The thrill of finding new voices, collaboration, making the story sing.
Lisa Heidke (Editorial – Fiction)
Lisa is a multi-published author whose novels include Lily’s little Flower Shop and My Big Greek Holiday, written under her pen name, Lisa Darcy.
Her passion is for writing fiction, typically stories about women in their thirties and forties navigating friendships, careers, romance, ultimately triumphing over adversity.
Having taught creative writing courses at the Australian Writers’ Centre in Sydney for many years with a focus on novel structure, character development, and point of view, Lisa joins NAC’s editorial team with a strong background in nurturing creative talent.
Books she enjoys most: ‘Almost anything. I am a voracious reader. Historical fiction, murder mysteries, domestic suspense, memoir, thrillers, chick-lit, commercial women’s fiction. Probably the only genre I don’t read is horror. (Apologies to Stephen King.)'
What I love about my role with NAC: - The excitement of finding new voices, and collaborating with authors to finesse their manuscripts in preparation for pitching to publishers. And of course, sharing the delight when an author’s manuscript is published. Nothing beats the thrill of seeing your name in print!
Deborah Ackerley (Marketing Support)
As a consequence of being born in Gibraltar, then living in numerous UK and overseas postings as an Air Force brat during her formative years, Deborah loves travelling and learning about other cultures.
Early in her professional life she established, then managed a Women’s Enterprise Centre in Swindon, Wiltshire, with the backing of men and women professionals, helping many women (and men!) set up small enterprises.
Later, as Chair of the UK's National Women’s Enterprise Forum Deborah assisted 50+ Enterprise Agencies establish their own Women’s Enterprise Centres, using best practice guidelines developed specifically for those Centres.
More recently, as Office Manager for specialist conservation architects, where tender submissions and follow through was part of her remit, she ensured smooth operations for the West Country part of the group. Now with NAC, Deb's experience will support NAC's submissions to publishers, especially in the UK.
What I love about my role with NAC: - Helping new and emerging women authors fulfil their dream.
Ros Harvey (Marketing Support)
Born and raised in Perth, Ros travelled extensively enjoying 10 years of ex pat life in England, Hong Kong and USA before settling in Sydney with her young family.
Returning to the work force part time when the children reached high school age, she had a number of secretarial and admin roles in IT, insurance, research before joining NAC Literary Agency working with Dennis Fisher in Finance & Admin.
Ros’ admin and relationships skills are now being harnessed in a new role, submitting manuscripts to publishers in six countries.
What I love about my role with NAC: - A year and more to polish their manuscript, my greatest pleasure will be to see an author published.
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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.
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. He was recently awarded the Australian Federal Police Overseas Service Medal for his work in PNG and engagement with the Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary.
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. It was here that 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.